Master of Advanced Corporation Law

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 academic design of the MACL surpassed all my expectations. The courses were highly relevant and useful for us corporate lawyers, and the professors – experts of worldwide renown – taught us with passion for their subjects and sincere care for each student. The carefully planned programming outside of class was also impressive, from networking events, to lunch talks with professors, to kayaking, and an excursion to Lake Michigan.”

Guangquan Xie, MACL 2019
Senior Counsel, Barui Law Firm, P.R. China

“For anyone passionate about corporate and commercial law practice, I strongly recommend this program. Since students came from various countries, we learned not only from top faculty, but also from each other about foreign jurisdictions and different cultural perspectives. By the end of the summer, we felt that we had family at Michigan Law and among our classmates. I left with unforgettable memories and great friends in different parts of the world.”

Aljohara A. Alghunaim, MACL 2019
Attorney-At-Law, Mohammed Alshareef Law Firm, Saudia Arabia

“I recommend the MACL without hesitation. The program is structured so you receive a very strong formation in different aspects of business law that are applicable worldwide. The program changed how I understand the law and advise my clients. The MACL program gave me practical and academic skills to solve not only legal problems, but also business problems. Taking the MACL program has been one of the best decisions of my life.”

Juan Felipe Jaramillo Castillo, MACL 2019
In-House Counsel, Corficolombiana, Colombia

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 a 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.

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.

Example 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.

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.

Watch a recording of our Virtual Info Session to learn more about course options, faculty, and what it’s like to spend a summer in Ann Arbor.

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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.

Application Checklist

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • 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. (NB: We are happy to accept the special editions of both tests designed for the duration of the pandemic.)
  • Application Fee: $75 payable to the University of Michigan Law School by personal check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Alternatively, upon receipt of your application, we will send you instructions for payment by credit card.

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.

The best time to submit application is between September and early December preceding the year of desired enrollment. All applications which are complete at our office by December 15 have the same chances of admission. Applications which are completed after December 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants can expect to be notified of decisions from late December onwards.


Housing is not included as part of the program. However, 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

$32,100 for Michigan residents
$34,100 for non-Michigan residents

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


Or call Michigan Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law at 1-734-763-6802.