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Successful LL.M. students at California Western may apply to enter the J.D. program as transfer students and receive credit for eligible coursework taken as LL.M. students. Candidates who apply under this provision will not be required to take the LSAT exam. 

The applicant’s grades and the coursework completed in the LL.M. program will be the primary considerations in deciding whether a student will be allowed to transfer into the J.D. program. To be eligible to apply, students must have (1) completed a minimum of 17 credits and a maximum of 26 credits of course work in J.D. eligible courses (i.e. excluding courses that are only available to LL.M. students), including at least two courses in bar tested subjects with grades of not less than 2.0, and (2) earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.12. Admission and transfer of credits toward the J.D. degree will be determined in light of a number of factors including scholastic aptitude as demonstrated by performance in courses taken at California Western, and recommendations from California Western professors. The number of transfer credits accepted will be determined by the Vice Dean and the chair(s) of the Admissions Committee.  LL.M. students may not receive J.D. credit for any courses that were only available to LL.M. students.

Students admitted to the J.D. program must complete all of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree, including all first-year and upper-level required coursework.  Students must complete all required first-year coursework (unless they took any of these courses as an LL.M. student) and receive a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in those first-year courses (whenever taken) to continue beyond their fourth trimester of law school (including the two trimesters they were in the LL.M. program). Once students transfer into the J.D. program, they must comply with and satisfy all of the J.D. Academic Policies and will be graded and treated as J.D. students, including being subject to Academic Policies 2.01(c) and 9.01(c).

LLM to JD Bridge Application

Applicant Information
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Character & Fitness For Bar Membership

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.

I acknowledge that I have a continuing duty prior to and after matriculation to inform California Western (CWSL) of any and all changes to my answers to all character and fitness questions contained in my initial CWSL LL.M. application. Failure to make such disclosure(s) may result in revocation of admission, disciplinary action by California Western, or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which I seek admission.

Confirmation
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Release of information

As part of the J.D. application review process, I release to the CWSL J.D. Admissions Committee all information submitted to CWSL during the LL.M. application process and all information, including transcripts, in my CWSL record.

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Required documents

In addition to filling out this application, please submit the following:

1. A personal statement explaining why you are interested in the J.D. program. The statement should be double-spaced and no longer than two pages.

a. Please submit directly to admissions@cwsl.edu.

2. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a California Western faculty member.

a. Have the letters sent directly to admissions@cwsl.edu or California Western Admissions, 225 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101.

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Certification

CWSL reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if the final records fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission, or if the admission decision was based on incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the applicant.

By submitting this application, I certify that the information I provided in this application is complete and accurate. I will promptly advise the admissions office of any change in the facts presented in this application prior to matriculation and I will promptly advise the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of any change in any of the facts presented in this application after matriculation. I understand and agree that omission, misrepresentation, or concealment of any facts or information on this application may be considered sufficient reason for refusal of admission, expulsion, dismissal after admission, or revocation of a degree, and may result in an honor code violation and notification to the committee of bar examiners. By checking the box below, I agree to be bound by the terms, conditions, and statements made in this paragraph.

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