M.L.S. Application Information


MLS Graduate Sophia Maes

Don't be afraid to apply. It's really about who you are as a whole package and who you want to become. UCLA looks for passion and values, and how you'll use your degree.

Sophia Maes, Full-Time Graduate, 2021 

  • Degree and GPA Requirements

    M.L.S. applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0 of 4.0) or better, or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used. Applicants who do not meet the minimum-GPA requirement and have substantial work experience are still encouraged to apply and may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. 

    Students who have earned a J.D. or LL.B. are ineligible for the M.L.S. program. These students should consider applying to UCLA Law’s  LL.M. program.

  • Application Materials

    Applicants must submit the following materials:

    1.  The UCLA Graduate Division application

    This online application form will request demographic information, education and employment history. 

    2.  A Statement of Purpose (up to 500 words, approximately one page)

    Your Statement of Purpose should clearly communicate why you are pursuing this degree and how it will help you achieve your professional/career goals. The Admissions Committee considers the Statement of Purpose very important for admission.

    3.  Personal Statement (up to 500 words, approximately one page)

    Your Personal Statement talks about your story and what led you to become the person you are today. This is a great place to also talk about your strengths and what will make you a great student in the program.

    4.  2-3 Letters of Recommendation 

    Your letters of recommendation can come from either a professional or academic connection. It could be a professor, a supervisor, colleague, or other person who can genuinely attest to your ability to succeed in an academically rigorous graduate-level environment.

    5.  Resume / C.V.

    Think of the resume you submit for this program's application as one you would submit for a job. Tailor your resume to showcase your positions, accomplishments, accolades, etc. to show your fit for our program.

    6.  Transcripts from all undergraduate education institutions*

    Electronic official transcripts are preferred and can be sent directly to mls@law.ucla.edu. If electronic transcripts are not available, retrieve and scan a copy of your transcripts to upload to your application.
    *Only unofficial transcripts need to be uploaded.  Upon admission, official transcripts are required.
    International applicants are required to submit translated transcripts for the Bachelor’s degree if not in English.

  • Test Scores

    Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program are not required to take the GRE/GMAT/LSAT or submit a GRE/GMAT/LSAT score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE/GMAT/LSAT test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores. 

  • English Proficiency

    UCLA Graduate Education has specific English language proficiency requirements that apply to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents as well as international applicants. The requirements can be found at https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements


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