legal studies online Master’s Degree Admission Requirements
Our application process is the same for both our online and on campus programs.
Our new cohort begins each fall; however, students may apply to begin in either the spring or fall semester. (Students who begin in the spring semester are limited to taking electives their first semester.) Applications for spring 2014 and fall 2014 are currently being accepted. Applicants for spring are encouraged to apply prior to October 1st for priority consideration. Applicants for fall are encouraged to apply prior to March 1st for priority consideration. Applications are reviewed by the Legal Studies Admissions Committee on a monthly basis, and will be continued to be reviewed until the cohort is filled.
In order to be admitted into the Legal Studies Master’s Degree Program, students must have obtained their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. No particular undergraduate major is required of applicants. Applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; however, on occasion, if a student has significant professional experience or qualifying graduate work, an exception is made to the minimum cumulative GPA requirements. Applicants to the Legal Studies Master’s Degree Program must exhibit the ability to write effectively in order to be considered for full admittance to the program. Applicants should have completed at least one course in American government or the judicial process or have professional experience in the American legal system. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be required to take the prerequisite course LES 202: Introduction to the American Legal System.
Applying to the Legal Studies Master’s Program is a two part process, as applicants need to apply to both the University of Illinois Springfield and the Legal Studies Online Master’s Degree Program.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebekah Grosboll at email@example.com or (217) 206-8545.
Part One: Apply to the University of Illinois Springfield
Complete and submit the Graduate Admission Application for the University of Illinois Springfield, submit official transcripts from all schools attended, and pay the application fee ($60.00 for domestic applicants and $75.00 for international applicants). Applicants may complete the University of Illinois Springfield application online here. Applicants should submit their completed University of Illinois Springfield Graduate Application, official copies of their transcripts, and application fee to the University of Illinois Springfield’s Admissions Office at:
Office of Admissions
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS UHB 1080
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Part Two: Apply to the Legal Studies Master’s Degree Program
Complete the Legal Studies Master’s Degree Application (including the personal statement). Download the Legal Studies Master’s Degree Application, here. Submit your completed Legal Studies Master’s Degree Program Application to the Legal Studies Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or :
Legal Studies Department
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 350
Springfield, IL 62703-5407
Hard copies of materials may be requested from the Legal Studies Department by calling: (217) 206-8545 or contacting the Department via email at email@example.com.
The Admissions Committee will not make a decision on an applicant’s application until he or she has fully completed both parts of the application process.