M.S.L. Academic Requirements

M.S.L. students must complete 30 credit hours of course work, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System & U.S. Legal Research for Graduate Students. Students must also take at least four core courses, approved elective courses and one course that satisfies the M.S.L. writing requirement.

The M.S.L. program may be completed on a part-time basis with the approval of the associate dean for academic affairs and the director of graduate law programs. Part-time students must complete the program within four calendar years from the date of matriculation.

Writing Requirement

M.S.L. candidates must complete a substantial legal research and writing paper in connection with a course or an independent study project supervised by a faculty member. Courses that satisfy the writing requirement include the Independent Study for Graduate Students as well as any of the four-credit capstone courses listed above.

This requirement may be waived by the associate dean for academic affairs, after consultation with the director of graduate law programs, in some instances where circumstances indicate a more educationally profitable use of the candidate's time and effort.

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Academic Good Standing and Grading Standards

To remain in academic good standing, M.S.L. students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. M.S.L. students are graded using the grading norms and practices of the University of Dayton's Graduate School as a guideline.

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M.S.L. Admission Process

All candidates for the M.S.L. degree are required to have at least a bachelor's degree (i.e., a post-secondary college or university) from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a foreign university authorized to confer such a degree by the government of the country in which it is located.


Applicants will be evaluated for admission on academic and personal criteria including prior academic performance in undergraduate and other professional schools, as demonstrated by grade point average (GPA) in relevant course work, standardized test performance and other relevant criteria. We will also consider employment experience and other personal and professional accomplishments.


M.S.L. candidates must demonstrate competitive performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or some other similar test. This requirement concerning standardized admissions tests may be waived, but only in extraordinary circumstances. Results from graduate admission tests administered by foreign countries or institutions may also be considered at the discretion of the associate dean for academic affairs and the director of graduate law programs

The University of Dayton School of Law reporting code for GRE test results is 0002.Our reporting code for GMAT test results is KF2-36-44.


All candidates for the M.S.L. degree must be fluent in English. Learn more about our requirements for English proficiency.

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Application Requirements

Learn more about application requirements and how to apply to the M.S.L. degree program, click here.

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