Applying to Washburn Law: Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.)

Academic Eligibility

To qualify for admission, you must have completed a four-year college course of study and hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association. Preference will be given to students who have a strong undergraduate record and substantial prior professional experience.


Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Priority is given to applications received by March 15th for the Fall semester start and by October 15th for the Spring semester start.

Required Application Materials

Your application must include the following:

  • Completed Washburn Law M.S.L. application form (180 KB PDF) (right-click the M.S.L. application form link and save the PDF file to your computer; complete the form and save your changes; submit the form by one of the methods indicated below).
    • In responding to any question on the application, it is always better to err on the side of disclosure.
    • Answering "yes" to any of the Character and Fitness items in question 11 does not preclude you from being admitted to the M.S.L. program.
  • Personal statement (300-1,000 words) explaining how Washburn Law's M.S.L. program would relate to your chosen career path, work experience, or personal or professional goals.
  • Resumé (see M.S.L. application form for list of items to include).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals, unrelated to you, who can evaluate your academic potential, sent directly to: Washburn University School of Law, Attn: Law Admissions M.S.L., 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621.
  • Official transcripts directly from ALL universities, colleges, or professional schools that you have attended, whether or not you graduated, sent directly to: Washburn University School of Law, Attn: Law Admissions M.S.L., 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621.
  • A score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) OR one of the following:
       » a score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
       » Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT),
       » an advanced degree, or
       » a minimum of five years of experience related to the projected field of study.
    • If you are seeking a waiver of the standardized test score requirement, one of your recommenders must be a current or former employer with personal knowledge of your intellectual ability, character, work ethic, and substantial work experience.

How to Submit Application Materials

Submit materials by postal mail to:
Washburn University School of Law
Attn: Law Admissions M.S.L.
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Submit materials by e-mail attachment to:
(in Subject line include: M.S.L. Application for [your name])


All applicants for Washburn Law's M.S.L. program will be interviewed, either in person or through teleconference technology, by a member of the M.S.L. Admissions Committee.


Any questions concerning completion of the M.S.L. application should be directed to the Office of Admissions at (785) 670-1185 or

It is the policy of Washburn University School of Law to provide equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation.