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William & Mary Law Online MLS Admissions

To pursue your Master of Legal Studies in Law (MLS) online with William & Mary Law School, you have the opportunity to apply for three term starts per year—fall, spring, and summer. Get started on a new career path or further your opportunities in your current field by applying by the priority or final deadline below.

William & Mary MLS Application Deadlines for Fall 2024

Priority Deadline
July 15
Fall 2024
Final Deadline
August 10
Fall 2024
Start Date
August 26
Fall 2024

Master of Legal Studies Eligibility and Application Requirements

Applications will be accepted for three starts per year—fall, spring and summer. Please review the eligibility requirements and the application requirements before you start your application.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited domestic or foreign institution.
  2. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale is expected; applicants with lower GPAs are eligible for admission under exceptional circumstances. Greater weight will be given to the GPA of the last 60 credit hours earned.
  3. At least six months prior work experience in the applicable field of concentration.

Application Requirements

You will apply through William & Mary Law School’s TargetX application platform. To complete your application, you must provide:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic recommenders
  • $70 Application fee

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Online MLS Program Tuition

The Online MLS program is 32 credits in total, with 16 credits focused on the general law courses and 16 credits focused on the concentration of your choice.

Online MLS2023-2024 Academic Year
Cost Per Credit$1,250
Total Estimated Tuition$40,000
Fees$100 per semester/$25 proctor fee per semester

*Tuition and costs effective as of February 5, 2024. Tuition rates are not inclusive of textbooks and fees. Tuition and costs are subject to change and should be confirmed on the University’s official tuition listing at

Download the Application Checklist

William & Mary Law application checklist

The application checklist is a one-page document outlining the application process and requirements. It can help you stay on track to complete your online MLS application.

Download the Application Checklist

Find Help Financing Your MLS Degree

Figuring out how you will finance your education is an important consideration when you are applying to a master’s program. William & Mary encourages you to take advantage of every financial aid opportunity available, including federal financial aid or loans (if available), private loans and scholarships to better allow you to focus on your degree program.

William & Mary’s Office of Financial Aid administers the graduate student loan program for the Law School, and may be contacted at

The Department of Education offers a number of educational loans that can be applied for through the FAFSA website. These loans include:

  • Federal Direct student loans for graduate students, which are unsubsidized at a fixed interest rate of 6.54% disbursed on or after July 1, 2022. You may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 in unsubsidized loans depending on the total cost of attendance
  • Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans, which are designed to help bridge the gap between financial aid awarded and the cost of attendance. These loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.54% disbursed on or after July 1, 2022 and can be consolidated with any Direct Unsubsidized loans upon graduation

Private loans are also available at a variable interest rate.

Choosing to pursue the MLS degree is an investment in both your career and your future success. In addition to the financial routes to explore listed above, we encourage you to contact your employer to determine if tuition assistance is available through your company.

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Complete Your FAFSA

To be eligible for federal financial aid for the online MLS program at William & Mary Law School, applicants need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To give yourself the best opportunity for an award, please submit your FAFSA as early as possible. This will also help as you plan your finances ahead of your first term.

The FAFSA school code for William & Mary is 003705.

Start Your FAFSA

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