Categories of admission to our Los Angeles law school are set forth by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) and are described below.
APPLICANTS WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE
The School of Law in Southern California considers for admission as Regular Students, applicants who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the CBE.
In addition, applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and submit the score prior to admission. The School generally requires a score at or above the 20th percentile. Scores more than five years old are not acceptable. LSAT scores will be considered in evaluating the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
APPLICANTS WITH A CALIFORNIA AA DEGREE OR COMPLETION OF 60 ACADEMIC SEMESTER UNITS
Applicants whose official transcripts verify completion of an Associate of Arts Degree with a satisfactory grade point average from an approved community college may be admitted as Regular Students. Further, applicants whose official transcripts verify completion of 60 academic semester units with a minimum cumulative g.p.a. of 2.00 at approved institutions may be considered as well. Such work, however, must be not less than one-half of the collegiate work acceptable for a Bachelor’s Degree.
All applicants with an Associate’s Degree or 60 academic semester units must take the LSAT and submit the score prior to admission. The School generally requires a score at or above the 31st percentile. Scores more than five years old are not acceptable. (Graduate performance analyses show that students admitted with LSAT scores at or above the 31st percentile have a higher likelihood of success in the program and on the bar examination. If you would like a copy of the Performance Study, please contact the Admissions Office.)
No more than 10 percent of each freshman class may be admitted in this category at our Los Angeles law school. Generally, these are applicants who, for one reason or another, have been unable to complete enough collegiate work to qualify under the Regular Student status.
Applicants in this category must take the LSAT and submit the score prior to admission. The School requires a score at or above the 50th percentile. Scores more than five years old are not acceptable. In addition, these applicants must achieve the required scores listed below on designated CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams.
Information about, and applications for, the CLEP exams may be obtained from the Director of Admissions or directly from:
The College Board 2099 Gateway Place #480 San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 452-1400 ext 129 www.collegeboard.com/clep
Applicants seeking admission as Special Students must also submit a written statement describing their experience and training in order to help establish their potential to succeed in the study of law.
At the end of the first year of study, the Committee of Bar Examiners requires Special Students to take the First Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX or “baby Bar”) administered by the CBE. The School will not allow the student to continue until the exam has been passed. Upon passing the FYLSX, the Special Student may advance to the second year of study.
Students currently attending other accredited law schools may apply to enroll as visiting students at our Los Angeles law school. Individuals seeking admission as a visiting student must submit the following to the Admissions Office:
Graduates of other accredited law schools and licensed attorneys may take courses as auditors for no credit.
Auditors must meet regular admission requirements or submit proof that they have the requisite ability and knowledge equivalent to other students so that their enrollment does not interfere with the progress of the course(s) to the detriment of regularly enrolled students.
Seniors (full-time third-year or part-time fourth-year students) may audit any elective course(s) over and above the number of units necessary for graduation at one-third the regular tuition charge. The number of courses/hours a student may audit remains subject to the School’s policy regarding part-time and full-time course loads. The option to audit may only be exercised during the student’s last year, and an audited course may not be changed to a graded course after registration closes. Audit course fees are payable upon registration and are refundable per established University policy.
Graduates of the UWLA School of Law may audit any elective course at half the regular tuition charge.
Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies outside the United States may also be considered for admission under Regular Student status provided the work completed is deemed equivalent to work completed in the United States. Equivalency must be verified by a credential evaluation service approved by the CBE (please contact the Associate Dean or the CBE for a list of approved agencies). Completion of the LSAT is required as outlined under the Regular Student Status Category.
If the undergraduate work was completed in a language other than English, the applicant will be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. A score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) is required. Information about TOEFL can be obtained from the Associate Dean or directly from:
Educational Testing Service, TOEFL P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 (609) 921-9000
Applicants who have completed, in addition to their foreign undergraduate degree, a Master’s Degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional associations approved by the CBE, may be considered for admission on the basis of the advanced degree. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean to discuss their specific situation.
Applicants who are in good standing at other accredited law schools may apply for admission our Los Angeles law school. Such applicants will be subject to the CBE rules in force at the time of admission. The applicant will be required to submit official transcripts from the prior law school, and a letter of good academic standing. Applicants who are on academic probation at their prior law school may be considered as well.
The School of Law will grant transfer credit for courses in which the applicant received a grade at the good standing level or higher from the awarding school. However, in the case of an applicant who has passed the First Year Law Students’ Examination, the law school may acknowledge the credit previously granted for each completed course in Torts, Criminal Law, and Contracts, even if the grade was less than would be required for good standing.
Only units completed are accepted in transfer, not the grades earned. As such, a student’s UWLA grade point average is based solely upon work completed at UWLA.
Transfer credit allowed is based upon official transcripts received directly from the law school previously attended. Transfer credit is limited to a maximum of half the credit required for graduation. As such, no more than 42 units will be accepted in transfer. Transfer credit for previous law study will not be granted for work taken more than 36 months prior to admission at UWLA.
No credit may be granted for work completed at a registered unaccredited law school unless the student has passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination during the first three administrations after becoming eligible to take the examination. Credit may be allowed for all courses taken prior to passing.
Re-Admission After Disqualification
If a student is dismissed from our Los Angeles law school or any other law school, the student may petition the Academic Council for readmission. Readmission is a matter of discretion rather than a matter of right, and if allowed, is done pursuant to the rules promulgated by the Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) and then only under exceptional circumstances.
A student who is academically dismissed for academic reasons may be granted readmission when there is an affirmative showing by the applicant, to the satisfaction of UWLA’s Academic Council that the applicant possesses the capability to satisfactorily study law. Such a showing may be made:
Students who have been dismissed or withdraw from law school and who apply for readmission are subject to all admission and academic policies in force at the time of the readmission application. If a student is readmitted, special terms and conditions may be set forth by the Academic Council.
Applicants who score at or above the 10th percentile on the LSAT, and have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree or 60+ units, may qualify for our Performance Program. Through this Program, the applicant is permitted to attend the Introduction to Legal Study course and performance in the course will determine whether the applicant will be admitted as a regular student. The applicant will not be required to pay the normal tuition charge for the course, but will have to purchase books and pay a $250 non-refundable fee.
The applicant will be required to regularly attend class, complete assignments, attend academic support activities and take the final examination. If the applicant earns a ‘C+’ or better in the course, the applicant will be fully admitted to enroll the following semester (provided that transcripts and other documents are on file). No credit is earned for attending the course; however, the course requirement will be waived. Instead the student will be allowed to take a 3-unit elective.
After successful completion of this Program, the student will be limited to part-time law study program during his/her first year. Upon achieving a cumulative grade point average of 2.30 after his/her first year, he/she may attend on a full-time basis.