Admissions FAQs

How should I submit my application materials?
Your application can be completed entirely online using our secure application portal. If you require assistance during the application process, you can contact the Online Legal Programs Office at (408) 551-1896 or In addition to guiding you through the program application, the portal will also help you organize and submit all required documentation, including your guided essays, recommendation letters, and GMAT/GRE scores or waiver.

Do I need to mail my transcript, or can it be sent electronically?
Unofficial transcripts, which can be submitted as part of your application, can be uploaded through the online application portal. However, students who are accepted into the program must request official transcripts from all academic institutions that they have previously attended, which should be mailed to:

Santa Clara University
Online Legal Programs
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Please note that any discrepancy between the unofficial and official transcripts could result in a withdrawal of an offer of admission.

How can I apply for a GMAT or GRE waiver?
The GMAT/GRE waiver application is part of the program application. We will notify you of a decision within a few business days. Current waiver standards include:

  • Two or more years of full-time, postbaccalaureate professional work experience, OR
  • A master’s, doctorate, or professional degree (J.D., M.D.) from an accredited institution, OR
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

In addition, an evaluation from World Education Services (WES) must be provided for those with foreign degrees.

How does Santa Clara Law qualify “professional work experience” for the GMAT/GRE waiver?
Professional work experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. However, any role that requires an undergraduate degree or higher is generally regarded as qualified.

How should I approach the three guided essays?
Rather than a traditional personal statement, applicants will be asked to address three specific questions in individual short responses. Each response should be between 350-400 words for a completed submission of no more than 1,200 words.

Questions to be addressed will include:

  • What excites you most about the Master of Legal Studies in Corporate Compliance?
  • What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation, and how will a degree from Santa Clara Law help you achieve these aspirations?
  • Discuss any attributes, experiences, or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to Santa Clara Law and/or your chosen profession.

Candidates who feel they need to address additional information may upload an addendum to their application.

How soon should I expect a decision regarding my admission status?
Santa Clara Law generally renders admissions decisions within 10 business days of receiving a completed application. . If you have questions regarding your current application status, please contact the Online Legal Programs Office at (408) 551-1896 or