To be considered for admission, an applicant must have, or be scheduled to receive, a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university of approved standing prior to matriculation at California Western. Our educational policies, admissions requirements, scholarship programs, loans and other programs are administered fairly to all.
List of Policies
Academically Disqualified Applicants
Applicants who have been academically disqualified from another law school will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible to apply, applicants must provide a transcript and letter of attendance from the disqualifying law school.
Application Review Process
When reviewing applications for admission, the Admissions Committee considers a variety of factors, including but not limited to LSAT scores, cumulative undergraduate grade point average, rigor of undergraduate coursework, performance in graduate programs, letters of recommendation, personal statements, addenda, extracurricular activities, work experience, demonstrated skills, diverse life experiences, and adversity. Applications are reviewed holistically.
Character and Fitness to Practice Law
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Because your law school application provides information relevant to certification to a state bar, you should fully disclose on the application any information that may in any way reflect on character and fitness to practice law. Law schools are required to provide bar examiners in every state with an assessment of the student's character and fitness for the practice of law. This requirement can include information you provided on your application, including prior criminal proceedings or other disciplinary actions. Failure to fully disclose this information on the law school application can result in revocation of the admission offer, disenrollment after matriculation or other disciplinary action. Applicants are required to promptly advise the Admissions Office of any changes to the facts presented in the application once it has been submitted and leading up to matriculation.
Applicant files are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore, decisions are made when the file is complete. All decisions are disseminated electronically. Review begins in late December for the fall class and mid September for the spring class. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.
Deposits are required to reserve your seat in the class to which you have been admitted. All deposits are nonrefundable. Deposits are not transferable to the next entering class unless the applicant has been granted a deferral by the Admissions Committee prior to the deposit deadline. The deposits are applied to tuition upon matriculation.
Circumstances can change; applicants who have been admitted may request, via email, a deferment to the next entering class. Deferments are reviewed on an individual basis and are not usually granted without extraordinary, documented circumstances. There is no guarantee the deferment will be granted. Applicants granted deferment are required to submit the seat deposit required for the current year and an additional seat deposit for the future class. If deferment is granted to a scholarship recipient, the scholarship awarded at the time of admission is not guaranteed for the future term; as the scholarship program changes from term to term, the applicant's scholarship will be reassessed during the review process of the deferred term.
There is no application fee. All other fees can be made using a valid credit card on the admitted students website.
International J.D. Applicants
Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from a school outside the United States or Canada must take the LSAT and must have their academic transcripts analyzed by a credential evaluation service. You may choose to register for the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee.
If a private foreign transcript evaluation service is used, we require a bachelor's degree equivalency statement along with an evaluation of the grade point average.
Evaluation of transcripts is NOT required if the foreign education was completed through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.
An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or who does not reside permanently in the United States and for whom English is not the native language must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the other admissions requirements.
Misconduct or Irregularity
Applicants have an ongoing obligation to provide accurate, current, and complete information in the application and admissions process. If an applicant provides false, misleading, or incomplete information, California Western may revoke admission or take other disciplinary action, including notifying LSAC's Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process Subcommittee.
Credential Assembly Service
Applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Our law school code is 4802. Law Services will release the CAS report to any school to which the applicant has applied and provided his/her social security number. Applicants should register for CAS in early fall, and ask their college registrar to send transcripts to LSAC as soon as possible.
Applicants who reapply must complete a new application and an updated personal statement. A new CAS report is required and new material must be submitted to warrant the review.
A regularly enrolled second or third year student may, with the advance permission of the instructor, audit any law school course or visit any law school class on a space-available basis. Permission to visit or audit may be withdrawn at any time if the instructor believes it is in the best interest of the individual student or of the class to do so. Only current enrolled students and alumni are allowed to audit courses. Auditors will take no examination and receive no academic credit. The fee for auditing a class is the same as the hourly per-unit tuition fee. Contact the registrar for further information.
Accommodation for Disability
California Western makes reasonable accommodations in both the educational program and in the examination process for students with documented disabilities who make their disability known to the Office of Student and Diversity Services. Entering students needing special accommodations should make the request at the time of making the second deposit to ensure adequate time to make arrangements. All buildings are wheelchair accessible.
Registering for the Bar
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