The admission requirement for the program is a bachelor's degree or the equivalent and a demonstrated 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, 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

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

    1. Copy of Graduate School application.
    2. Short statement of purpose detailing the student's reasons for pursuing an MJ degree.
    3. Two letters of recommendation by those who can best evaluate the applicant's capacity for graduate study in the United States. [These can be sent electronically after the applicant designates the recommenders in the online application.]
    4. Resume listing educational qualifications, work experience, and any other professional affiliations relevant for the application.
    5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including verification of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. university or college or the equivalent from another nation.
    6. Official report of GRE, GMAT, or LSAT test score; applicants with professional experience or master's degrees may petition for acceptance absent a qualifying graduate school examination.
    7. Applicants whose native language is not English: submit English Language Proficiency scores or documentation that satisfies the TOEFL exemption policy, which can be viewed here.  Applicants can self-report test scores in their online applications, but must also submit their scores electronically according to the following instructions (applications will not be complete for review until English proficiency scores are received electronically):
      • Have ETS send your official TOEFL score sent electronically to Institution Code #4854.
      • Note: The UW is phasing out the usage of IELTS and will not accept scores with a test session date after May 31, 2017.To submit IELTS test scores, first go to their website. Select the country where the test was taken, then find the city on the list of testing centers and click on 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 using the following address:
        • 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 to the program by February 15.

U.S. applicants: All applications materials must be sent to the program department no later than August 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so it is suggested that application materials be sent earlier than August 1.

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