How To Apply

Who Are First-time Applicants

First-time applicants have never attended another law school and have completed their 4 year undergraduate degree from an accredited college before starting law school. They also may be students who have been academically disqualified or dismissed from another ABA accredited law school at least two or more years ago and are ready to re-apply.

What to Submit

  1. Application - We only accept electronic applications submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
  2. Nonrefundable $60 application fee - The application fee will automatically be waived upon applying if you have been granted a fee waiver by LSAC.
  3. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) & LSAT - Applicants must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS), take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and pay the appropriate fees to LSAC. For more information regarding LSAT test dates and registration, visit www.lsac.org
  4. Personal Statement - Although academic history and the LSAT score are very important in the application review process, the personal statement is a vital factor as well. The personal statement should be no more than three pages, typed and double-spaced. In the personal statement, you should focus on your accomplishments, skills, experiences and motivation that indicate potential for success in law school. Include any information such as extracurricular activities, career plans, leadership ability, or anything else that will help the Admission Committee gain a clear and accurate picture of you as an individual.
  5. Transcripts - Transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The transcripts submitted to LSAC are not considered official transcripts by the American Bar Association. All admitted students who plan on matriculating should have their official transcript showing their degree conferred sent directly to Western State from the school at which they have earned the bachelor's degree.
  6. Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation are required to be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. LSAC forwards letters of recommendation to Western State once a week. Please do not send duplicate letters directly to Western State. If necessary, letters of recommendation may also be sent directly to Western State from the recommender. Recommendations from professors are strongly recommended, especially if you have graduated with an undergraduate degree within the last five years.
  7. Résumé - A résumé is optional but highly recommended.
  8. Addenda - As required.


Deadlines

Spring Start
2013
  • September 1 - Applications accepted for Spring (January) starting class
  • October LSAT - Last LSAT for Spring applicants
  • October 15 - Priority deadline for admission and scholarship consideration for Spring term
  • November 15 - $300 commitment deposit due from admitted students
  • December 1 - Last day to apply for Spring (January) term
  • December 5 - Deadline to submit financial aid documents
2014
  • January 6 - Orientation mandatory for all new students
  • January 6 - Introduction to Legal Methods preparatory course, mandatory for entering students
  • January 13 - First day of Spring term main session
Fall Start
2013
  • October 1 - Applications accepted for Fall (August) starting class
2014
  • April 1 - $300 first commitment deposit due from admitted students
  • April 4 - Deadline to submit financial aid documents
  • June LSAT - Last day to take the LSAT for Fall applicants
  • June 1 - Last day to apply for Fall (August) term
  • June 15 - $200 second commitment deposit due from admitted students

Who Are Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are students who are in good standing at another ABA accredited or California Bar Examiners law school.

What to Submit

  1. Application - We only accept electronic applications submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
  2. Nonrefundable $60 application fee - The application fee will automatically be waived upon applying if you have been granted a fee waiver by LSAC.
  3. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) - Applicants must order a CAS report to be sent to Western State.
  4. Personal Statement - Submit a personal statement including your reason(s) for seeking transfer to Western State.
  5. Transcripts - Submit an official transcript of your completed law school coursework to either Western State or LSAC. All admitted students who plan on matriculating should have their official transcript showing their degree conferred sent directly to Western State from the school at which they have earned the bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.
  6. Letter of Standing - Letter from the Dean or Registrar at the law school you have attended indicating that you are in good standing, eligible to return and that there are no disciplinary actions pending or currently on file.
  7. Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation are required to be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. LSAC forwards letters of recommendation to Western State once a week. Please do not send duplicate letters directly to Western State. If necessary, letters of recommendation may also be sent directly to Western State from the recommender. Recommendations from law professors are strongly recommended.
  8. Résumé - A résumé is optional but highly recommended.
  9. Addenda - As required.

How To Apply - Transfer Applicants

Maximum semester units allowed to transfer:
ABA approved law school: CBE approved law school:
43 units 29 units

Class standing and grade point averages for Western State are computed solely on the basis of grades achieved while matriculated to Western State.

Transfer admittance is a two step process. First, the full application is reviewed by the Admission Committee. Once the candidate is admitted, the prior law school transcript is evaluated by the Academic Dean and Registrar. The number of units accepted in transfer is determined in line with Western State’s academic policy.


Deadlines

Spring Start

2013
  • September 1 - Applications accepted for Spring (January) starting class
  • November 15 - $300 commitment deposit due from admitted studenst
  • December 1 - Last day to apply for Spring (January) term
  • December 5 - Deadline to submit financial aid documents
2014
  • January 6 - Orientation mandatory for all new and transfer students
  • January 13 - First day of Spring term main session

Fall Start

2013
  • October 1 - Applications accepted for Fall (August) starting class
2014
  • April 1 - Priority deadline for admission for Fall term
  • April 1 - $300 first commitment deposit due from admitted students
  • April 4 - Deadline to submit financial aid documents
  • June 15 - $200 second commitment deposit due from admitted students
  • July 1 - Last day to apply for Fall (August) term

Who Are Visiting Applicants

Visiting applicants are students from other ABA approved law schools and most California Bar Examiner-approved law schools (if WASC accredited), who wish to take classes with us for one or two terms, with the permission of their law school.

What to Submit

  1. Application - We only accept electronic applications submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). There is no application fee.
  2. Letter of Permission - A letter from the dean or registrar of the law school your are attending indicating that you are in good standing, that there are no disciplinary actions pending or currently on file, and granting approval to take the desired course(s) at Western State. The letter must also indicate which semester(s) the applicant has permission to attend.
  3. Transcript - Submit an official transcript of your completed law school coursework to Western State.

Financial Aid

Students from other law schools who have been accepted as a visiting student at Western State (receiving their JD degree from their home institution), and who need financial aid to meet their educational costs, must arrange with their home institution for the processing of their financial aid. Please remember that Western State will not process any financial aid for the visiting student. The student’s home institution may forward the financial aid proceeds to our Financial Aid Office to be applied toward the student’s Western State tuition and fee charges or may send proceeds directly to the student. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (714) 459-1119 to arrange for tuition payment and applicable deadlines.


Deadlines

Spring Start

2013
  • September 1 - Applications accepted for Spring (January) starting class
  • December 1 - Last day to apply for Spring (January) term
2013
  • January 13 - First day of Spring term main session

Fall Start

2013
  • October 1 - Applications accepted for Fall (August) starting class
2014
  • July 1 - Last day to apply for Fall (August) term