Applying for JD Degree
Applying to law school is a challenging process, but it is also a path to create a very fulfilling future. Law students must have a bachelor's degree, have taken the LSAT within the past five years, and submit an application by the February 1 deadline.
Application Process Overview
Applications for admission are accepted during the fall and winter before classes begin. New students enter in the fall only; we do not offer spring admission.
The application process begins when you visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website where you can establish an account to register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to complete and submit our electronic application. LSAC is also the clearing house for your personal statement, transcripts, and recommendation letters.
The application becomes available each year on September 1 and the deadline to apply is the following February 1. You should apply as early as possible, ideally in October or November. Although you may submit supporting documents to LSAC before you take the LSAT, your application cannot be evaluated until your LSAT score becomes available.
You may complete undergraduate course work while applying, but you must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university before you enroll. It is not necessary to wait until after your fall, senior year grades are posted before you apply.
You are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to provide official transcripts to LSAC's Credentials Assembly Service (CAS). Transcripts should be submitted from all of the college-level schools you attended including graduate school if applicable.
Your LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average (GPA) are the most important criteria when evaluating your academic potential to study law. You can use the median LSAT percentile and undergraduate GPA of the previous year's admitted applicant pool to understand the competitive nature of our admissions process. However, because we take several factors into account in making admission decisions, higher or lower scores and grades neither ensure nor preclude admission.
Parts of the Application
- An application form submitted online via Law Services
- Supplemental socio-economic questionnaire (optional but recommended)
- $75 application fee
- 2-3 letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-4 pages)
- Addenda and/or diversity statement (optional)
- LSAT score taken between December 2009 and February 2015.
- CAS report (transcript summary and CAS score report)
If you have questions you may contact the Admissions Office by phone at (510) 642-2274, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A nonrefundable $75.00 application fee must be submitted in order to process your application. The fee cannot be used for processing applications to other law schools within the University of California System.
Application Fee Waivers
We offer a need-based application fee waiver program that is administered by LSAC. We will waive your application fee automatically if you are approved for an LSAC fee waiver. You may visit their website for information about obtaining one.
Application fee waivers also are available to applicants who are active or recently-separated (within the last calendar year) participants in public service programs, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America, members of the military, participants in a PPIA program. An online fee waiver application form is found here. The deadline to submit a fee waiver application is January 12.
We do not provide application fee waivers to transfer applicants.