How to Apply
Eligible students must hold at least a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree from a duly accredited or recognized institution of higher education in the U.S. or abroad but cannot hold a terminal degree in law from a U.S. law school (e.g., J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D./J.S.D.).
While most students seek to enroll in the fall semester (August), Dickinson Law offers the option of beginning in the spring semester (January). For more information, see the Admissions Timeline.
The M.L.S. Admissions Committee reviews completed applications on an ongoing basis. Although the Admissions Committee attempts to notify candidates whose files are incomplete, it is ultimately the applicant’s responsibility to ensure timely completion of his or her application.
Instructions for Applying to Dickinson Law
To apply for admission to the M.L.S. program, students can apply through LSAC or directly to Dickinson Law.
To apply through LSAC:
- Logon to LSAC. Click here to start your free LSAC registration.
- Click My School List.
- Click School Search in the right-hand corner.
- Click the option to search Schools Alphabetically.
- Choose the alphabetical range PQR.
- Select The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law in Carlisle, PA.
- Click the Add button located left to the school name, and then click on the MySchool List button.
- The Law School should now be listed under My School List — click on The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law.
- Click on the Application Information button to complete your application form and to submit all of the additional application materials listed below.
To apply directly to Dickinson Law:
- Contact Dickinson Law at DickinsonMLS@psu.edu to request a copy of the M.L.S. application form and the email address to which to submit your application materials.
- Ask all of your post-secondary educational institutions to send official copies of your transcript (with certified translations into English if necessary) to Dickinson Law. Transcripts and translations must be sent directly to the director of the M.L.S. program by the applicant’s educational institutions, not by the applicants themselves.
- Your completed application form and all other application materials may be submitted to the director of the M.L.S. program at the email address provided.
Applicants must submit a personal statement or other writing sample in English of 1-2 pages in length.
RÉSUMÉ OR CV
Applicants must submit a résumé or CV outlining relevant work experience and education.
Applicants to Dickinson Law’s M.L.S. Program are required to submit official transcripts from all relevant academic institutions previously attended. Transcripts must include both the original and a certified English translation. Applicants who apply through LSAC must comply with all LSAC requirements and policies regarding transcripts, and submit their official transcripts and translations with the LSAC form(s) through the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (which is used for both LL.M. and M.L.S. applicants). Applicants who apply directly to Dickinson Law must ensure that both their original transcripts and certified translations are sent to the director of the M.L.S. program directly from their educational institutions, not by the applicants themselves.
PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (OR WAIVER REQUEST)
If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant must submit a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants to Dickinson Law generally present TOEFL scores exceeding 88 points (internet-based). More information on the TOEFL test is available here. Alternatively, applicants may submit a score report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™). Applicants to Dickinson Law generally present IELTS overall scores exceeding 6.5 points.
International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an educational institution in a country where English is both the language of instruction and the only official or native language. Countries that qualify an applicant for exemption include Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales. Waiver may also be available for applicants who received their degree from an institution where all courses were taught in English. A phone or video interview may be requested to verify language fluency. Please contact us for more information.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Applicants should submit at least one but not more than four letters of recommendation from professors or employers. Letters of recommendation should describe the length of time and nature of the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, and specifically address the applicant’s aptitude for advanced law study in an English language environment by providing specific examples of the applicant’s qualifications in law study and/or legal practice.
To submit letters of recommendation, applicants can use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Applicants must comply with LSAC requirements and policies regarding letters of recommendation, and submit the letters with the LSAC forms to the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. Students who are applying directly to Dickinson Law can submit their letters of recommendation to the email address provided.
If there is additional information that an applicant believes will be helpful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating the applicant’s academic credentials or work experience, the applicant should electronically attach an addendum to their application form.
Admission to the M.L.S. program at Dickinson Law is highly selective. To learn about the application criteria and admissions process, please contact:
Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate, International and Online Programs