Take a concentrated master’s degree in corporate and securities law with the world’s leading specialists at one of the world’s great law schools.
The University of Michigan Law School offers a Master of Advanced Corporation Law (MACL) degree to help students advance or re-orient their careers. The MACL program is the first of its kind designed for the U.S. and internationally trained lawyers who want to specialize in U.S. corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisition law and gain an international comparative perspective. It is an intensive, rigorous, single-summer, residential experience that allows students to earn a full-fledged University of Michigan master's degree in 12 weeks.
Joining the MACL program can afford lawyers time to deepen their understanding of corporate practice, pursue informed specialization, and become better acquainted with the theoretical and intellectual underpinnings of their professional work. With individual supervision from our legal writing professors, they are also able to hone their research, analysis, and English language writing skills critical to practice in the global economy. Graduating with broader and deeper legal knowledge in a highly complex area, MACL students will be better lawyers, better advocates, and better colleagues. Graduating with a Michigan Law degree, MACL students will become a permanent part of the Michigan Law community, opening doors to a professional network of Michigan graduates across the globe and in the United States.
Program of Study
Spend one summer—12 weeks, from May through August—studying in residence at the Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Taught by Michigan Law faculty members and scholars from across the globe who are ranking experts in corporate and securities law, the MACL degree’s coursework and writing programs are designed to provide rich preparation for future leaders in transnational corporate practice.
The 20-credit program of study includes three mandatory courses, three elective courses, and a writing requirement. The writing project, with an accompanying research colloquium, lasts the full 12 weeks.
US Corporate Law in a Global Context (Session 1)
US Securities Regulation in a Global Context (Session 2)
US Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions in a Global Context (Session 3)
Research Colloquium (Sessions 1 – 3)
Independent Research (Sessions 1 – 3)
Corporate Compliance in a Global Context
International Corporate Governance
Cross-Listings in Global Securities Markets
Cryptocurrencies and the Law
Antitrust Considerations in M&A Transactions
US Corporate Tax in a Global Market
International Corporate Reorganization
The required colloquium and research span the length of the program, while the other three required courses are scheduled to meet for four weeks each. Students choose three electives, one per session.
The classroom experience is augmented by extra-curricular events, such as discussions with legal academics and practicing lawyers, individual matching with faculty for assistance on the writing requirements, networking opportunities with Michigan Law School alumni, and social activities to develop long-lasting collegial relationships.
MACL faculty includes some of the most celebrated corporate and securities law experts in the world, with expertise not only in U.S. corporate, securities, and M&A law and regulation but experience in major global law firms in related transactional practice and litigation. Through intensive interactions with these teaching experts in the classroom and outside, students who complete the MACL degree can take their corporate practice to the next level, or move confidently into corporate transactional work from other areas of practice.
Applicants must be practicing lawyers or have a practicing-level law degree from the United States or abroad. In addition, a high level of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening is required, as evidenced by an iBT TOEFL score of 100, an IELTS score of at least 7.0, or a Duolingo English test score of at least 125. Applicants who are residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico) and who have completed a rigorous full-time program of at least three years of post-secondary education in one of these countries are not required to submit English test scores.
How to Apply
Most applicants submit their application via the website of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC): www.lsac.org. You may also download our PDF application and send it to our office. Please download the application here.
Completed application form
Curriculum vitae or résumé
Statement of purpose
Official transcripts (JD or LLB equivalent; advanced degrees, if applicable)
Two letters of recommendation
For non-native English speakers: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test report
Housing is not included as part of the program. However, on-campus housing in University of Michigan dormitories is available and Ann Arbor’s summer sublet market is usually rather robust such that furnished and unfurnished apartments and houses may be found within walking distance of the Law School. Students admitted to the program will receive additional information to assist them with their housing search.
Tuition and Fees
$32,049 for Michigan residents
$34,049 for non-Michigan residents
Important Dates for Summer 2022
May 12 – All students must arrive in Ann Arbor by evening on this date.
May 13 – Mandatory orientation for all MACL students. Mandatory visa check-in for international students.
May 13 – June 10 – 1st Module of MACL classes: US Corporate Law in a Global Context
May 30 – No classes (Memorial Day Holiday)
June 13 – July 8 – 2nd Module of MACL classes: US Securities in a Global Context
July 4 – No classes (U.S. Independence Day Holiday)
July 11 – August 6 – 3rd Module of MACL classes: US Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions in a Global Context
August 6 – MACL Commencement Ceremony and conclusion of the program.