University of Michigan Law School

Master of Advanced Corporation Law

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 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.

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Guangquan Xie, MACL 2019

“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, Bairui Law Firm, P.R. China

Aljohara A. Alghunaim, MACL 2019

“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

Juan Felipe Jaramillo Castillo, MACL 2019

“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

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.

Sample Curriculum:

Required courses:

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

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.

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


MACL faculty include 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.

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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 (minimum score of 100), an IELTS (minimum score of 7.0), or the Duolingo English Test (minimum score of 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.

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, IELTS (the program accepts the special editions of both tests designed for the duration of the pandemic), or Duolingo English Test
  • 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.

Please submit your application via the website of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). If you prefer to apply to the Michigan Law School directly, instead of through LSAC, kindly contact us at for instructions.

The best time to submit an application is between September and December preceding the year of desired enrollment. Applications 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.


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