Admissions Policies - California Western
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 disqualified from another law school will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To be eligible to apply, two or more years must have elapsed since the disqualification. Within the two or more year period, the applicant should have work experience, activities or studies that indicate a stronger potential for law study.
NOTE: The two year period begins on the date of the original determination of disqualification.
In cases where two or more years have not passed, a letter, often called the "Standard 505 letter" from the disqualifying school is required. The letter must indicate that the student possesses the requisite ability and that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at California Western School of Law.
NOTE: Applicants who were enrolled in a pre-admission program but were not granted admission do not count as applicants who were academically disqualified.
Character and Fitness to Practice Law
Students should be aware that most states have standards for character and fitness to practice law. Law school applicants should consider consulting with the appropriate bar official to determine if any past conduct could preclude admission to the bar upon graduation. Because your law school application provides information relevant to certification to a state bar, applicants 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 the 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 provided by the student on the student's application, including prior criminal proceedings or other disciplinary actions. Failure by the applicant 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 will be sent in writing. 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. Please include your LSAC Student ID number and name on all checks.
We are aware that circumstances can change; therefore applicants who have been admitted may request, via email to admissions, a deferral to the next entering class. Please note that deferrals will be reviewed on an individual basis and are not usually granted unless there are extraordinary documented circumstances. There is no guarantee that the deferral will be granted. Students who receive deferrrals will be required to submit the seat deposit required for the current year and an additional seat deposit for the future class.
There is no application fee. All other fees can be made using a valid credit card on the admitted students website or by checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders in U.S. currency. Foreign checks cannot be processed by the law school.
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 credentials 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, please note that 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.
The minimum TOEFL score for JD applicants is:
- 100 on the Internet-based exam.
- 250 on the computer-based exam.
- 600 on the paper-based exam.
Credential Assembly Service
You must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Our LSAT law school code number is 4802. Law Services will release the completereport 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 mail transcripts to LSAC as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that this process has taken place.
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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