MSU College of Law

Admissions Requirements and the Application Process Page

Global Food Law Master’s Degree applicants submit the following required items through the online application portal.

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting universities attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of current license to practice law, if applicable
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
  • $100 application fee

Students interested in taking a Global Food Law course as a Guest Student submit the Guest Student Application through the online application portal as well.

SemesterApplication DeadlineStart Date
Fall Semester July 1 Late August
Spring Semester November 15 Early January
Summer Semester March 15 Early May

The Application Process:

Create an Account or Login to Your Applicant Portal
The online application portal allows you to begin your application, save your work at any time and return to your application later.  All information is transmitted through a secure server and kept confidential.  The portal is used to check on the receipt of supporting materials, updates and the decision status.

Gather Your Materials
The following items are required when submitting your application:

  • Educational Background

Compile a list of all colleges and universities in reverse chronological order (most recent first) and unofficial transcripts (electronic or student copy) for each institution attended.  Unofficial transcripts are uploaded to the applicant portal. 

Official transcripts are required and must be sent directly from your school either electronically to or via mail to:
Office of Graduate and International Programs
MSU College of Law
648 N Shaw Lane Room 364
East Lansing, MI 48824

  • Employment Background

Compile a list of all employers and companies you have worked with in reverse chronological order (most recent first).  Include the company name, start and end dates, and title for each employer.

  • Current Resume or CV

Review your current resume or CV to ensure it is current.  This is a required document and is uploaded through the applicant portal.

Conduct Questions
The American Bar Association requires each law school applicant to answer a series of questions on personal conduct.  Be prepared to submit an explanation for any question to which you answer yes.  Each explanation is reviewed by the Global Food Law Admissions Committee and Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs.  Answering yes to a conduct question does NOT automatically result in a denial of application. 

Write your Personal Statement
The personal statement, entered directly onto the application, should explain why you wish to join the Global Food Law Program, how you believe the program will assist you in reaching your personal and professional goals, and what benefits you would contribute to the program.

Send Your Test Scores
All non-native English speakers from countries other than the United States, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom are required to submit an English proficiency test score.  English proficiency test score waivers may be requested if you attended a college or university where at least two years of instruction was delivered completely in English. 

Contact Your References
Recommendations are submitted electronically through the applicant portal.  Be prepared to enter the name, phone number and email address of two references. 

Letters of recommendation should be completed by individuals who can provide specific information on your intellect and professional skills and abilities.  Employment related recommendations are encouraged.  It is not necessary to submit an academic reference.  Letters from family members will not be considered.

Order Transcripts
Official transcripts are required and must be sent directly from your school either electronically to or via mail to:
Office of Graduate and International Programs
MSU College of Law
648 N Shaw Lane Room 364
East Lansing, MI 48824

Submit your application
The application fee is required to officially submit your application for admission.

Login and Check the Status of Your Application
Communication regarding outstanding items and next steps, including the application status is available inside the applicant portal. 

Applications are evaluated after all required documents are received.  

Decisions on admission to the Global Food Law Program is available typically within two weeks but no later than a month after receipt of all application materials. 

Complete applications received after the application deadline may still be considered. 

Begin Your Application Now