Master of Jurisprudence Admissions


Admission to the Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) program requires a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent). In addition, applicants must demonstrate an interest in the study of law and its application to a particular subject matter area or an interest in law and policy. There are no prerequisite courses for admission, but students must be able to articulate their reason for seeking legal education and how it applies to their career aims.

Language Ability

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Application Instructions

(Note: The Health Law & Administration (China) program has a separate application process.)

Applicants are required to apply to the UW Graduate School, and to submit the following materials online:

  • Short statement of purpose (1-2 pages) describing your background, primary area of interest in law, career goals and the educational objectives which you expect to meet through the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé listing educational qualifications, work experience and any other professional affiliations relevant to the application.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please also upload transcripts for in-progress degrees, and for degrees that you did not complete.
  • Applicants are encouraged but not required to submit their official report of their GRE, GMAT, or LSAT test scores. When submitted with an application, our admissions committee will consider these scores as part of a holistic admissions process; in some cases (for example, when an applicant has a low GPA), the scores can strengthen an application.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English:
  • Covid-19 update: We currently accept the online TOEFL test for entry to autumn 2021. Check here for more information.
    We also currently accept the Duolingo English test for entry to autumn 2021. The minimum score is 105, and students who enter the program by using this test must take the UW AEP English placement test, unless a qualifying TOEFL score is subsequently submitted before the start of classes. Click here for more information on Duolingo, and here for AEP test information.

    • Submit English Language Proficiency scores or documentation that satisfies the English test exemption policy, which can be viewed here. Offers of admission cannot be made until the UW receives the formal scores electronically. Please self-report your scores in the application, along with electronically submitting your test scores to the UW using the following instructions:
      • Have ETS send your official TOEFL score electronically using Institution Code #4854.
      • Note: Our department accepts the IELTS, with a minimum of 6.5 for our LL.M. programs. IELTS scores must be electronically received, either by the UW Graduate School or LSAC, or else they cannot be accepted. If there are electronic transmission problems, only IELTS staff can assist, and if they are unable to resolve the problems, we will not be able to accept the scores.

        To submit IELTS test scores, first go to their Find a Test Location page. Select the country where the test was taken, then find the city on the list of testing centers and click the link (“book now”) to the right of the center's name to view its email address. Email the testing center to request that they report your test results into the E-TRF system to:

        University of Washington All Campuses
        Organization ID 365
        Undergrad & Graduate Admissions
        Box 355850
        Seattle, WA, 98105, USA

Application Deadlines

International Applicants

Due to the time required for processing international applications, applicants must complete the online application and submit the required application materials by February 15.

Due to delays many applicants are experiencing from current global health threats, we will extend our application deadline for anyone affected by them. To request an extension, send an email to with a brief statement of your situation.

U.S. Applicants

All applications materials must be submitted no later than July 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is suggested that application materials be sent earlier than July 1.