Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

What comprises a complete 2015 J.D. application to UCLA School of Law?

UCLA School of Law considers an application file to be complete after satisfying the following:

  1. Take the LSAT no later than February 2015.
  2. Register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Candidates can find further information about the LSAT and LSDAS under the separate entries in this section.
  3. Complete the application.

    a. Personal Statement
    • Separate essay not to exceed two double-spaced typed pages.
    • No less than 12-point font.
    • Discuss any matters relevant to your ability to succeed in law school and the practice of law, and any attributes, experiences or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to UCLA Law or the legal profession.

b. Current Resume

c. Letters of Recommendation

    • Two (2) letters of recommendation (no more than two) submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service are required.
    • At least one letter should be from someone familiar with the applicant's academic work, if at all possible.
    • It is strongly preferred that letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which is included with the LSDAS registration.
    • Letters will be copied and sent to UCLA School of Law along with the law school report. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters at www.LSAC.org.
    • Evaluations through the LSAC Evaluation Service are not required; however, we will accept one evaluation.
  1. Official transcripts sent directly to LSAC.
  2. Nonrefundable application fee in the amount of $75. You may submit your application and pay your fee electronically by credit card via LSAC. You may also pay by check, money order or international money order payable to The Regents of the University of California and include it with your signed Certification Letter.
  3. David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy application, if applying to that program.
  4. Early Decision Program Agreement, if applicable. Early Decision Program applicants must take the LSAT no later than September/October 2014. The application and all necessary application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2014.
  5. Applications must be submitted on or before February 1, 2015.
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What is the Fall 2015 application deadline for first-year admission to the J.D. program?

Applications must be submitted on or before February 1, 2015.

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Are personal interviews offered as part of the admissions process?

UCLA School of Law does not offer interviews as part of the admissions process.  However, the Admissions Committee may request an interview on a case-by-case basis.

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Are certain undergraduate majors looked upon more favorably than others?

Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply, and the Law School Admissions Committee does not prefer certain majors over others. The study of law transcends any individual academic discipline, allowing students to apply previous knowledge or expertise from a variety of fields. More important than the field of study, we look for candidates with high academic achievement under rigorous conditions, having developed strong critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and analytical skills. The most suitable pre-law courses/majors will vary across undergraduate institutions, and students are encouraged to seek counsel from academic or pre-law advisors at their undergraduate institutions.

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Is it advantageous to submit my application early?

Although you are generally encouraged to apply early to ensure that all your materials are received on time, this will not significantly affect your odds of being admitted. Since the Admissions Committee does not make decisions on a strictly rolling basis, a candidate who applies later in the admissions cycle will not necessarily be disadvantaged. Applying early also does not guarantee early receipt of a decision. Offers of admission are usually made between January and late April, and various factors will determine when you will actually hear from us. Thus, our general advice is to apply when you most feel prepared.

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Is preference given to California residents in the admissions process?

Not at all. Although we receive the largest proportion of applications from California, we seek to admit and enroll a geographically diverse class each year. Admission decisions are not based on quotas, and the goal of the Admissions Committee is to admit the most compelling and talented candidates into the Law School.

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Does UCLA School of Law accept transfer applicants into the second-year class?

The UCLA School of Law believes transfer students further enrich the quality of its academic program. There is ample evidence of the ways transfer students contribute to the institution in classroom interaction, in the energy devoted to clinical efforts, in student projects and in research supervised by faculty. The faculty believes it appropriate to plan enrollment so that some spaces are available in the second year for those who have achieved academic distinction at another law school during their first year.

Application, requirements and procedures.

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Does UCLA School of Law accept Visiting (non-matriculating) students?

Yes. Students who have completed the equivalent of two years at another ABA-approved law school may apply for visiting student status at UCLA Law for their third year. Admission is granted at the discretion of UCLA Law, and candidates must demonstrate compelling personal and/or intellectual reasons for seeking to spend the year with us (i.e., beyond the mere desire to live in Los Angeles or to attend UCLA Law). Visiting students are responsible for meeting all costs associated with attending UCLA Law for the year, and they will ultimately obtain the J.D. from their original institution.

Application, requirements and procedures.

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What is the Fall 2015 deadline for transfer and visiting student applicants?

Applications will be available online on May 1, 2015, and must be submitted on or before July 3, 2015.

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How may I request an application fee waiver?

A need-based fee waiver may be requested by submitting the UCLA School of Law Fee Waiver Form. This form should be completed and sent by one of the following methods to the UCLA Law Office of Admissions prior to applying for admission:

Email
admissions@law.ucla.edu

Fax
(310) 206-7227

Regular Mail
UCLA School of Law
Office of Admissions
71 Dodd Hall Box 951445
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1445

We will respond to your fee waiver request within five (5) business days of receiving it. Applicants who have been granted a fee waiver will be able to bypass the payment section of the admission application when submitting it online.

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Early Decision Program

Does UCLA offer an Early Decision program?

Yes. Applicants who are convinced that UCLA School of Law is their top choice and are willing to forego other law school options if admitted may wish to consider applying under our Early Decision (ED) program. These applicants are precluded from applying ED elsewhere, but they can submit applications to other law schools for regular admission. ED applicants can be admitted, wait-listed or denied. Applicants denied admission under ED will not have the opportunity to be reconsidered in our regular admission pool.

If admitted under ED, applicants must: (a) commit to enrolling at UCLA in the fall; (b) immediately withdraw their candidacy from the other institutions to which they have applied; (c) not initiate applications to any other law schools. Failure to comply with these binding terms could result in the revocation of an admission offer by the Admissions Committee.

Early Decision applications and all necessary application materials, accompanied by the Early Decision Program Agreement Form, must be submitted no later than November 15, 2014. Decisions will be made by the end of December.

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Are there advantages to applying Early Decision?

The primary advantage to applying ED is that you will be notified early (usually by late December) and be done with the law school admission process. Again, the ED option should only be used by applicants who are willing to enroll at UCLA if admitted, as they will not have the opportunity to receive admission decisions from other law schools. From an admissions standpoint, applicants may have a slight advantage, due to the fact that they will be evaluated in the smaller ED pool.

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LSAT

How does the Admissions Committee handle multiple LSAT scores?

Our general policy is to consider the highest LSAT score attained, although we will take note of all scores. In the case of a significant discrepancy between scores, applicants are advised to address it in their application. It is always helpful for the Admissions Committee to be aware of any factors that may have adversely or positively impacted one’s performance on the LSAT.

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Will a future LSAT score be considered by the Admissions Committee after I have already submitted my application?

Yes, so long as the exam is taken by February 2015 and we are aware of your intent to do so. You should, therefore, indicate this on #19 of the admissions application.

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What is the latest LSAT exam date that will be considered for Fall 2015 Admission?

The latest eligible LSAT score must be from the February 2015 exam. You will still need to apply by our February 1 deadline, but we will wait to receive your February LSAT score prior to rendering an admission decision.

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What is the Admissions Committee's policy on accepting old LSAT scores?

We will honor any past LSAT score of which LSAC has record. In general, LSAT scores are kept for five years.

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International Applicants

Do credits from undergraduate/graduate law degrees (LL.B., LL.M., etc.) obtained in a foreign country count toward the J.D. at UCLA?

No. Internationally educated candidates seeking a J.D. from UCLA must apply for first-year admission to the Law School and complete our standard three-year J.D. curriculum.

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What kinds of financial aid are available to international candidates?

International applicants are eligible for both need- and merit-based financial aid. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based awards, but need-based aid does require a separate application, available at www.needaccess.org. For more information on the financial aid process, please consult the UCLA School of Law  Financial Aid Website. 

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General Questions

How would I go about arranging a visit to the Law School?

The UCLA School of Law welcomes visitors throughout the year. Tours of the Law School are offered by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and reservations can be made by contacting the Office of Admissions at (310) 825-2080 or admissions@law.ucla.edu. A limited number of seats is also available for class visits, which can also be reserved in advance. We look forward to hosting you!

Visit the Campus  Area Map

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What is the cost of attendance at UCLA School of Law?

For information regarding annual fees, please consult Tuition and Fees for information.

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What types of financial aid are available to UCLA Law students?

Please consult Financial Aid for information.

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What is the profile for the latest entering class?

Please refer to the profile for the Class of 2016.

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Does UCLA School of Law have a part-time program?

UCLA School of Law offers a full-time course of study leading to the J.D., LL.M. or S.J.D. degree. We do not offer evening, summer or part-time programs.

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Is it possible to defer enrollment after being admitted?

Requests for deferment are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All requests must be made in writing and include specific reasons for wishing to defer. Barring rare exceptions, deferment requests are generally granted for only one year. If a request is denied and an admitted applicant chooses not to enroll, he/she is welcome to re-apply in the future.

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What are the latest employment statistics of UCLA Law School graduates?

Please refer to Employment Statistics.

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How active are UCLA Law alumni in the life of the Law School?

Alumni are frequently involved in numerous capacities. They serve as mentors to first-year students, help conduct our mock interview program, and work with student organizations on planning conferences, lectures and other programs. They assist with career-related activities, including weekly brown-bag lunch events exploring different practice specialties and Dean's Roundtable discussions. Alumni also take part in the Law School's annual Public Interest Career Day, various symposia hosted on campus, and receptions promoting careers in government and small-firm practice.

UCLA School of Law has 14,000 alumni in nearly every state, the U.S. territory of Guam and 14 foreign countries.

The UCLA Law Alumni Association automatically includes all alumni. Local chapters are active in the following California locales: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, as well as in New York, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association.

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