For the J.D. Degree program we apply the California State Bar Pre-Legal Education Regulations in determining the qualifications of those applicants who plan to become lawyers and are going to register as law students with the Bar.
California Bar regulations mandate that those who have a Bachelor, Associate of Art or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited or state (Department of Education or like entity) approved school are eligible to enroll in law school as California 'bar eligible' students. Additionally, individuals with 60 or more transferable semester college credits (90 or more quarter college credits) from such schools, i.e. credits which are considered applicable towards a Bachelor degree by upper division schools, are eligible to enroll in law school as California 'bar eligible' students.
Unlike the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, the Associate in Applied Arts (A.A.A.) degree and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree are considered vocational degrees rather than academic degrees. The A.A.A. and A.A.S. degrees do not satisfy the California Bar's eligibility requirements. Individuals with these degrees may, however, have enough college credits considered to be transferable to upper division Bachelor degree programs such that they can meet the 60 semester/90 quarter credit requirement.
Individuals with Master and/or Doctoral degrees who do not also have a Bachelor, Associate of Art or Associate of Science degree, or 60 or more transferable semester college credits (90 or more quarter college credits), likewise, do not meet the California Bar pre-legal requirements.
Those who have no college credits or some transferable college credits, but not enough to meet the mentioned requirements must either attend college to get enough 'transferable' credits to bring their total over the minimum (60 semester/90 quarter) limit or, alternatively, take those College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) tests accepted by the Committee of Bar Examiners as a substitute for pre-legal education college credit.
The California Committee of Bar Examiners and our school will accept adequate scores on each of three, or in some cases five, 90 minute CLEP tests in lieu of prior college credit. College Composition or College Composition Modular must be taken and a score of at least 50 must be obtained. In addition, two other examinations each designed to correspond to semester courses of 6 semester hours each, or four other examinations each designed to correspond to semester courses of 3 semester hours each, can be selected from any of the following subjects:
A score of at least 50 must be obtained for each. These scores will satisfy the college prerequisites for enrollment in our school and will permit California Bar law student registration.
To schedule the examinations you should call (800) 257-9558 or go to the website here.
You can purchase a book to help prepare yourself for the CLEP exams. There are a few available. Most large bookstores carry these books. They are usually stocked in the "Reference" section of each store.
(Note: CLEP scores for the former CLEP examinations titled English Composition and English Composition with Essay are accepted by this School and the California Committee of Bar Examiners instead of scores for College Composition and College Composition Modular.)