Civitas ChildLaw Center

Admission Criteria

The M.J. Admissions Committee seeks applicants who will bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to the program and who aspire to become leaders in their field. The M.J. program attracts talented and motivated professionals who appreciate the educational benefits and professional development opportunities a graduate legal education offers. There are, on average, 10 - 12 students in each beginning cohort.

M.J. Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in a child/family-serving field.*  

*Preference will be given to applicants already employed in these respective fields, but volunteer work will also be considered.

Note: The M.J. DOES NOT require the GRE or any other entrance examination as part of the admissions process.

M.J. Admissions Process

Students may begin the program in either the fall (late August) or spring (late January) semesters. The application deadline for a fall semester term is August 15*. The application deadline for a spring semester term is December 15. Admissions decisions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

*Please note: Students applying to the dual degree program in Social Work (MJ/MSW) must have their application in no later than July 1 for the Fall term and November 1 for the Spring term due to the nature of the School of Social Work program schedule.

To apply, prospective students must submit:
  • An online application for → Click Here 
  • A resume
  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • A personal statement about why you are seeking a graduate degree in children's law and policy
  • Two letters of recommendation