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Q: How is my application evaluated?
A: Our Faculty Admissions Committee considers each applicant’s prior academic, work, and life accomplishments which may demonstrate their potential to succeed in our rigorous J.D. program. Each element of the application file is considered including undergraduate academic performance, difficulty of coursework and grades, major, competitiveness of the college(s), and time taken to complete degree. LSAT scores are viewed as key predictors. Significant weight is also given to letters of recommendation, the personal statement, resume and advanced degrees. Submission of an addendum is encouraged if there are special circumstances or issues requiring further explanation.
Q: How soon do I get a decision on my application?
A: We review applications and communicate decisions on a rolling basis from the time applications open until the deadline, as they are received. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks from the time the application is complete for review to receive a decision.
Q: How do I check the status of my application?
A: You can check the status of your application online at any time here; a username and password will be sent to you shortly after your application is received.
Q: My application has been denied. Can I appeal?
A: Admission decisions, once made, are final and will not be reconsidered for the term in question; appeals are granted only if there has been an error in the review process or you have new information to present.
Q: I’ve been accepted. Can I defer to a future term?
A: Offer of admission is valid only for the term for which a student applied. Students not able to matriculate for the term they were admitted need to reapply at the appropriate time for the subsequent class. Readmission is not guaranteed; an application fee waiver to reapply will be granted, but tuition deposits from a prior term are not credited. Deferrals are granted only in rare circumstances such as military deployments or major health emergencies, to students who have already deposited and registered for classes.
Q: What is the application and evaluation process for transfer applicants?
A: Transfer admittance is a two step process. First, the full application is reviewed by the Admissions 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. The maximum semester units allowed to transfer from an ABA approved law school is 43 units and 29 units for a California Bar Examiners (CBE) approved law school.
Q: Does Western State consider 505 letters?
A: Western State does not generally waive this requirement even if the student has obtained a standard 505 letter from the previous law school.
Q: If I am in good standing at another law school, can I transfer to Western State?
A: If you have attended another ABA accredited law school or a law school approved by the California Bar Examiners and are in good academic standing, you may apply as a transfer student. See details on how to apply as a transfer student here.
Q: If I have been dismissed from another law school, can I apply to Western State?
A: For applicants who have been academically disqualified or dismissed from another ABA accredited or California Bar Examiners law school, you cannot start as a first year law student until one year from the date of disqualification or dismissal has passed.
Q: If I am interested in only taking a few classes, does Western State allow Visiting Students?
A: Western State welcomes visiting students from other ABA accredited law schools who wish to take classes with us for one or two terms, with the permission of their law school. See details on how to apply as a visiting student here.
Q: What are the requirements if I attended a foreign institution?
A: Applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree from a foreign institution must subscribe to the LSDAS foreign credential evaluation. Students who were educated in a language other than English must take the TOEFL exam and submit the scores to LSAC, unless they have taken at least a year of college level studies at an institution where English is the primary language.
Q: Will Western State grant an I-20 for international students?
A: Western State may issue an I-20 for international students who are enrolled full time at the law school. For more information, please contact Alexis Adams by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 714-459-1166.
Q: Is there a minimum LSAT score?
A: There is no “minimum” LSAT score, but if the score falls below the 25th percentile of the class profile, we look for the other academic aspects of the application to be exceptionally strong. Where an applicant has multiple LSAT scores, greater weight will be given to the most recent score.
Q: Do I have to have a 4-year degree?
A: Western State requires that students have completed their 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college before starting law school.
Q: How do I apply for a scholarship?
A: All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship eligibility; no special application is required. Awards are generally academic merit based and reflect undergraduate performance and LSAT scores. Notification of scholarship award, if any, usually follows 2 to 4 weeks after admittance. It is to your advantage to apply early, whether for the August or January starting class. Scholarship funds become very limited and seats in the class may become unavailable a few weeks before the start.
Western State participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and encourages veterans to apply. Depending on your eligibility you may receive benefits to cover all or part of your tuition and fees at Western State and may also qualify for housing allowance and books. Benefits will be coordinated with any institutional scholarships you may be offered. For more information, contact Thalia McFarlane, our Student Finance Officer, by emailing email@example.com or calling 714-459-1119.