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Admission Requirements & Application Process

Important notice to residents of Arkansas and Maryland:

Students whose resident address is in Arkansas or Maryland at the time of application for admission to Michigan State University are not eligible to apply to MSU online programs. The U.S. Department of Education requires an institution offering distance education programs to acquire authorization from the states in which it operates.   Specific regulations vary from state to state.   Michigan State University is not seeking authorization in Arkansas or Maryland at this time. 

What is the deadline to apply for admission?

Since these are online programs, we offer extended application deadlines for our online programs. Students wishing to enroll for January 2015 must apply by December 1, 2014, with all required documentation. Applicants for Fall 2015 must apply by August 1, 2015 with all required documentation.

How long will it take to find out if I am admitted?

Once your application is complete, you should receive an admissions decision within 4 to 6 weeks at most, barring any unforeseen or exceptional circumstances. If your application is incomplete, the process will take longer, as we do not review files until we have all of the required documents from you. Once you have submitted initial application documents to us, we will notify you of any items that are missing so that you can complete your file and receive a decision.

How long will it take to complete the degree?

The online programs at MSU Law are intended to meet the scheduling needs of professionals who cannot always commit to a full course load. The maximum time frame for completing the M.J. or LL.M. degree is five academic years, and the minimum is one academic year. We suggest that students speak to an advisor about the appropriate course load for their individual schedules and needs. We do not recommend that students working full-time take more than two classes (six credits) per semester.

How much does it cost to get an LL.M.?

For the 2014-15 academic year, students in the M.J. program pay $900 per credit hour, with a minimum of 26 credits necessary to graduate. Students in the LL.M. program pay $995 per credit hour. LL.M. students with a J.D. must take 24 credits to graduate.

Please e-mail all questions to foodlaw@law.msu.edu.


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