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How to Apply

We are here to help you through the admissions and application process. Our admissions staff is dedicated to providing you with information about our academic program, hands-on learning experiences, and other resources.

Application Process

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You are ready to take the next step and apply to California Western. We encourage you explore this page for information on the applications process.

Please note, admission decisions can take up to 4-6 weeks from the time an application is complete and ready for review. This timeline is subject to change based on where we are in the admissions cycle. For instance, it could take longer to receive an admission decision during high peak times, such as, January and April.

Important dates and deadlines for application submissions.

Access a free electronic application to CWSL. You can also check the status of your submitted CSWL application through LSAC.

Before you apply, check to make sure you have the required documents to complete the application.

Admission information

We want to help you through your application journey. Whether you are a traditional applicant or applying from abroad, find the key information you will need to complete your application to California Western. 

We are thrilled you are interested in joining our vibrant community. The Admissions Office is dedicated to providing you with information about the many programs and resources available at California Western, and we will assist you throughout the application process.

California Western does accept transfer and visiting students. Before applying, you must have successfully completed one year (approximately 30 credits) of law school in a J.D. program at an ABA law school.

San Diego has strong ties to the military, with several Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard bases. We are honored to assist you and your family with your next mission of advancing your military career or transitioning into the civilian legal sector.

California Western welcomes student from across the globe. International applicants should review our rules and regulations pages as it contains information and links to help you with immigration paperwork, and assist with your transition.

Admissions Office

Have more questions about the application process? Feel free to contact us.

Contact Us
Monday - Friday: 9a.m. - 5p.m.
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101