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LSAC Electronic Application Process

You've made the decision to attend law school, and now you're faced with applying to law school. California Western School of Law can help you get through this process with the right timing so that you'll be ready to enter classes with the rest of your peers. Here's how it works.

The process is centralized now through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). This is the same organization that administers the LSAT examination. You create an account there and submit your law school application to California Western through LSAC. There is no fee to apply.

You must apply electronically to California Western School of Law through LSAC.

  • You will also need to register with the Credential Assembly Service if you haven't already done so. (Please call LSAC's Help Desk at (215) 968-1393 for assistance with this service.)

Our detailed application instructions provide a step-by-step checklist for completing the application process.


Application Deadlines

Spring 2017 Application Deadlines

Regular JD Applicants November 1, 2016
Transfer and Visiting Applicants ? November 15, 2016


Fall 2017 Application Deadlines

Regular JD Applicants April 1, 2017
Transfer and Visiting Applicants ? July 1, 2017


Rolling Admissions

Acceptance may be more competitive for applicants whose files are received closer to the application deadline.

Academic Requirements

One of the top concerns of most students as they face applying to law school is the competitiveness of the process. A fundamental principle of the California Western School of Law philosophy is that more well-rounded people make better lawyers. This is why we stress not only academic achievement but personal qualities in our admissions process.

Your law school application should tell your story. It should paint a picture of who you are, not just what grades you've earned. Include details about your experiences and background from personal, professional, and educational perspectives. Remember, your goal is to set your story apart, make it jump out of a sea of other law school applications.

We truly want to know about everything you're bringing to the table. This includes which experiences have helped to create your unique perspective and what disadvantages you may have overcome. What were your greatest triumphs? Do discuss your failures, but describe what you learned from them so we can see them as more of a positive.

We pride ourselves on the diversity and range of our student body so we consider a variety of factors, beyond the LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average when reviewing applicant files. For more information, please review our most recent Class Profile.

While the admissions process is competitive, all applications are thoroughly reviewed and considered. Early application is encouraged so that the applicant, if admitted, may take full advantage of financial aid opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE:
Admissions policies and procedures, deadlines, fees, courses, degree programs, and other matters described on this website may change without notice. The law school reserves the right to make changes to any matters cited on this website.