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Master of Advanced Corporation Law (MACL)

The University of Michigan Law School offers a Master of Advanced Corporation Law (MACL) degree to help students advance their careers. The MACL program is the first of its kind designed for U.S. and internationally trained lawyers who want to specialize in U.S. corporate and securities law, and gain an international comparative perspective on both. It is an intensive, rigorous, single-summer residential experience that allows students to earn an advanced degree in 12 weeks.

Program of Study

Spend one summer—12 weeks, from May to July—studying and living in residence at Michigan Law. Taught by faculty experts with strength in international and comparative law, as well as U.S. corporate and securities law, the MACL degree’s coursework and writing exercises are designed to provide intellectually 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. Each course lasts four weeks, so that in each four-week period, a student will take one four-credit mandatory course and one two-credit elective. The writing project, with an accompanying workshop-type seminar, will last for the entire 12 weeks.

Mandatory Courses

  • U.S. Corporation Law in a Global Context (4 credits)
  • U.S. Securities Regulation in a Global Context (4 credits)
  • International Corporate Tax (4 credits)
  • Research Colloquium (1 credit)
  • Independent Research (1 credit)

Representative Elective Courses

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Financial Regulation
  • International Intellectual Property
  • U.S. Legislation and Regulation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Corporate Governance

Admissions Guidelines

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 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0. Only 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.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Important Dates

Orientation: May 6, 2018
First Day of Classes: May 7, 2018
Memorial Day Holiday: May 30, 2018
Reading Day: May 31, 2018
Exams I: June 1, 2018 

Mid-Program Break: June 28, 2018
Reading Day: June 28, 2018
Exams II: June 29, 2018 

Independence Day: July 4, 2018
Last Day of Classes: July 25, 2018
Reading Day: July 26, 2018
Exams III: July 27, 2018


To apply, download and fill out our .pdf application. Submit this application and all supporting materials by email to:
The $75 application fee is waived for the summer 2018 program.

Contact Us

For more information, email or call Michigan Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law at +1.734.764.5269.