Application Requirements

Admission to our Master of Science in Law: Life Sciences (MSLL) program is based on overall academic performance, work experience, seriousness of purpose, letters of recommendation, resume, and the applicant’s personal statement.

Once all application materials have been received, select applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. No applicant will be admitted into the MS in Law: Life Sciences program without an interview, but not all applicants will be invited to interview. If you are selected to interview, you will be notified by email with further information. Interviews may be conducted in person or online. All applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and they may meet with an admissions advisor, however, this meeting will not be in lieu of the interview.

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Eligibility to Apply

Applicants seeking admission to the MSLL program must have earned at a minimum a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or an equivalent degree granted by an institution in another country (as determined by the Office of Graduate Admission). Proof of degree conferral must be on file with the University for enrollment. For those attending a U.S. institution, this is often a part of your university transcript. For those from non-U.S. institutions, this will be a degree statement in addition to your marks sheets.

Degree Requirements

All students must satisfactorily complete 30 credits to earn the MSLL degree. Students must remain in good academic standing.

Full Time (Residency duration 1 - 1 ½ years)

Students enrolled in the Full Time MSLL program must register for at least 12 credits per semester.

Part Time (Residency duration 1 - 3 years)

Students enrolled in the Part Time MSLL program must register for at least 6 credits per semester.

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall semester applications due May 15
Spring semester applications due October 15

Admission Decisions and Scholarship Information

The Graduate Law Admissions Committee operates on a rolling admissions basis. A candidate is notified as soon as a decision is made. For fall admission, review of applications begins in January and continues throughout the spring. For spring admission, review of applications begins in September and continues throughout the fall. It is to the applicant's advantage to complete the process early.

All applicants are automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarship potential. No separate application is required. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision and scholarship award at the same time.

Application Process

  1. Complete Suffolk Law's MSLL application online.
    The priority deadline is October 15 for applicants seeking to start in January and May 15 for applicants seeking to start in August.
    Upload your resume and personal statement as part of the online application.
  2. Transcripts and Recommendations
    You will need to submit all college, law school, and graduate school transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation.
  3. Application Fee
    The $50 application fee is non-refundable.
    Once you have completed the steps above, your application will be complete and it will be sent to us for review and decision. Contact our Office of Graduate Admission with any questions or to receive help with the process.

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Application Instructions

While we do not require any of these exams for admission purposes, if you have taken the LSAT, GMAT or GRE, you must list on the application form each time you took the test and the scores that you received.

TOEFL/IELTS: Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the requisite English language skills to undertake and complete their course of study. Applicants should be aware that no remedial language assistance is available. Applicants who received their degree from an institution in which English is not the language of instruction must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Although the Law School considers each application in its entirety, applicants with the highest likelihood of admission to the Law School will have attained a score of at least 80 (internet based) or a score of 6.5 on IELTS. Learn more concerning the TOEFL Educational Testing Service. Receive more information about IELTS.

Local applicants may also qualify to use Suffolk University’s own English language proficiency test. Please contact our Office of Graduate Admission for additional information about this option.

Official transcripts showing credits and grades for all post-secondary work from each college or university you've attended, including study abroad programs, are required. They may be submitted either by mail or electronically.

Electronic transcripts may be sent from your university registrar through their secured document system, such as e-Script, Clearinghouse, etc., to the Office of Graduate Admission. Your university registrar may also send sealed, original transcripts through the mail to:

Office of Graduate Admission
Suffolk University
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

All materials must be received secured and sealed. We cannot accept any materials as official from an applicant if they are opened or as an attachment to an email from the applicant. All materials submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission become the property of the University and cannot be returned.

Students who have attended an institution of higher education outside of the United States are required to submit an official course-by-course evaluation of their academic credentials. You may use any NACES-member organization to complete the evaluation. NACES-member organizations typically provide us with your official documents, so separate transcripts may not need to be submitted to our office. If your institution does not provide more than one official document, a certified, notarized copy of your transcripts is required. Documents not issued in English must be accompanied with a certified English language translation.

Upload your personal statement/letter of motivation as part of the online application.

The applicant’s personal statement should address your motivation and preparation for the study of the MSLL degree. This is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee more about you and why you wish to pursue the MSLL degree at Suffolk Law School. Applicants may choose to include personal and professional reasons, as well as, to highlight any circumstances that you believe are relevant to the evaluation of your credentials. The personal statement should be double-spaced and two pages in length is typically sufficient.

Applicants are required to submit an updated resume with their online application.

Suffolk Law requires at least two – but accepts up to three – letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who are familiar with your academic and/or professional abilities. Letters of recommendation should never come from family members or friends. Appropriate recommenders may include current or former professors, employment supervisors, and other colleagues who have direct knowledge of your ability to succeed in a graduate level degree. If these letters are not in English, a certified English translation must also be submitted.

Recommendations may be submitted electronically through the online application form or sent to the Office of Graduate Admission. Online recommenders will receive a unique link for submission. Paper letters should be submitted using personal letterhead when available. Recommenders must sign and date the letter, include their full name and contact information, and submit it in a sealed, signed envelope, which can be sent to our mailing address:

Office of Graduate Admission
Suffolk University
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108