Admissions Requirements

Admissions Reuirements

Applicants with a Bachelors 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.

Applicants with an AA Degree or Completion of 60 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.

Special Student

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.

These applicants must achieve the required scores listed below on designated CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams.

  • The passing score for the mandatory English Composition (or) English Composition with Essay is 50 or higher.
  • Two of the following general examinations must also be taken, with a passing score of 50 or higher:
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Sciences
    • Social Sciences & History

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.

Visiting Student

Students currently attending other law schools may apply to enroll as visiting students at our school. Individuals seeking admission as a visiting student must submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  • A completed admission application, and
  • A personal statement indicating the course(s) in which the student wishes to enroll, and
  • A letter from the Registrar at the current law school indicating that the student is in good standing and has received permission to enroll in the course(s) selected by the student.

GBX/ International Students

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.

Transfer Students

Applicants who are in good standing at other accredited law schools may apply for admission to our 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.

UWLA’s School of law has not entered into a transfer or articulation agreement with any other college or university.

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).

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:

  1. At any time, if the previously disqualified applicant can demonstrate by petition and supporting documentation (credible evidence) to the Academic Council that the disqualification was not caused by the applicant’s lack of capability to satisfactorily study law, but resulted from a traumatic event or serious hardship that prohibited the applicant from performing at his or her normal level.
  2. At any time, if the applicant passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination (“Baby Bar”). We may acknowlege 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.
  3. After at least two years have elapsed since the disqualification, if the applicant demonstrates that work, study, or other experience during the interim has resulted in a stronger potential for law study than the applicant exhibited at the time he or she was previously disqualified for academic reasons.

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.

Performance Program

Applicants who score at or above the 5th percentile on the LSAT, and have met the pre legal education requirement. 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.

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.