Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution. The Catholic University of America is seeking candidates who hold a Bachelor's degree and have a demonstrated, successful career (minimum three to five years of professional experience), or have a graduate degree in another discipline.

Resumes and personal statements will be carefully considered by the Admissions Committee.


The regular deadline to apply is June 15, with priority given to applications received by May 1. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, and most applicants will receive an admission decision within two weeks from the date their application becomes complete

Application Checklist

  • Application
  • Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Writing Sample
  • One Letter of recommendation (no more than two)

Graduate school entrance exams are not required; however, those who have taken these exams are requested to provide their scores.


Fill out our online application.

You can also use our PDF application and submit the signed application with your supporting documents by mail to:

Columbus School of Law
Office of Admissions
Suite 340
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, DC 20064

Official Transcript(s) from All Undergraduate and Graduate Institutions

  • U.S. applicants must submit an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate school attended.
  • Transcripts should be sent directly from the school or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with other application materials from the applicant.
  • International applicants must submit an official English translation or certified evaluation of an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate school attended.
  • For applicants from countries in which a university will only release official transcripts to the student, the applicant may submit a photocopy if a notary or other official third party certifies that the photocopy is a true and correct copy of the original document.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Please submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

Personal Statement

Please submit a brief personal statement that addresses:

  • Relevant professional experience
  • Reason for application to the M.L.S. program
  • Any additional significant information

Writing Sample

Please submit a professional or academic writing sample (written solely by the applicant) that indicates the applicant's writing ability.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Please submit one letter of recommendation; no more than two letters will be accepted.
  • Letters of recommendation should be from academic or professional sources.
  • Letters may be sent directly to Graduate and International Programs by the recommender or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with application materials.

International Students

Additional information for international students is available here.

Notice Regarding Submission of Application

Materials Please keep a copy of all materials submitted. Once original transcripts and documents are submitted as part of an applicant's admission materials, they cannot be returned or photocopied for any reason.