Apply now for the Summer 2020 Master of Advanced Corporation Law Program (MACL).

Master of Advanced Corporation Law

MAY 15–AUGUST 8, 2020

Study at the place that wrote the book on international and comparative law. Your affiliation with Michigan Law will open doors around the world.

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 full-fledged master's degree in 12 weeks. Joining the MACL program affords lawyers time to reflect on their practice, ask questions in a low-stakes environment, and consider some of the theoretical underpinnings of their professional work. With individual supervision from our legal writing professors, they hone their research, analysis, and writing skills, while pausing to think more critically about an issue they have found troublesome during their billable work hours. Graduating with broader and deeper legal knowledge, 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 collegial and accomplished professional network for referrals, advice, and greater job satisfaction.

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Program of Study

Spend one summer—12 weeks, from May through August—studying and living in residence at Michigan Law. Taught by Michigan Law faculty members and accomplished visiting professors who are 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. The writing project, with an accompanying research colloquium, lasts the full 12 weeks.

The 2020 Curriculum:

Required courses:

  • US Corporate Law in a Global Context
  • US Securities Regulation in a Global Context
  • Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Research Colloquium
  • Independent Research


  • US Corporate Tax in a Global Market
  • Deals
  • International Corporate Reorganization
  • Global Compliance

The required colloquium and research run throughout the program, while the other three required courses are scheduled to meet for four weeks each. Students choose three electives out of the four options offered. Each elective runs for three weeks. For a detailed calendar view, please see here.

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 alumni, and social activities to develop long-lasting collegial relationships.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. 10:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. 10:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. 10:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. 10:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
3 p.m.-4:40 p.m. 3 p.m.-4:35 p.m. 3 p.m.-4:40 p.m. 3 p.m.-4:35 p.m.
Mandatory Class Elective Class Colloquium

2019 Course Schedule

*Research Colloquium meets throughout all three modules. Students enroll in one required course and choose one elective for each four-week module.

1st Module

Required Course: U.S. Corporation Law in a Global Context

Electives: Intellectual Property Protection -or- Joint Ventures

2nd Module

Required Course: U.S. Securities Regulation in a Global Context

Electives: International Antitrust -or- Commercial Law: Secured Transactions

3rd Module

Required Course: International Corporate Taxation

Electives: Shareholder Class Actions -or- Comparative Corporate Governance


MACL faculty come with notable credentials and experience. The 2020 program will feature professors who worked at top law firms in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC, consulted for Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the state of California on corporate law reform issues, led the American Law and Economics Association, and co-authored the leading securities regulation textbook.  MACL professors bring teaching awards, practical experience, and in-depth knowledge of U.S. and foreign jurisdictions to this summer program so that students can move into corporate work or take their corporate practice to the next level.

Admission 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, an IELTS score of at least 7.0, or other evidence of English proficiency. 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): You may also download our PDF application and send it to our office.

LSAC ApplicationPDF Application

Application Checklist

  • 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 or IELTS 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

$30,763 for Michigan residents
$32,763 for non-Michigan residents

Please see the MACL student budget for estimated housing and health insurance costs.

Important Dates for Summer 2020

May 14 – All students must arrive in Ann Arbor by evening on this date.

May 15 – Mandatory orientation for all MACL students. Mandatory visa check-in for international students.

May 18 – June 12 – 1st Module of MACL classes.

May 25 – No classes (Memorial Day Holiday)

June 15 – July 10 – 2nd Module of MACL classes.

July 3 – No classes (U.S. Independence Day Holiday)

July 13 – August 7 – 3rd Module of MACL classes.

July 27 – No classes (Midterm break)

August 8 – MACL Commencement Ceremony and conclusion of program.

Life @Michigan Law

Michigan has long been known as a different kind of law school—where high-achieving students manage to treat each other with kindness. Your classmates have your back here, as a recent student commencement speaker attested. Flying home to be with his sick mom toward the end of the academic year, he made a hasty Facebook post asking his fellow students for advice, then turned his phone off for takeoff. When he landed a couple of hours later and turned his phone back on, he found that 56 classmates had already replied with referrals to doctors and hospitals and information about the condition. Yup. It’s like that here.

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Or call Michigan Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law at +1.734.764.5269.