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Admissions - New 1L Applicants

Requirements for Admission to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program:

 

1L Applicants

 

Prospective new 1L students should review the requirements for admission to practice law in California as set forth in CA BPC § 6060.

 

Open Admissions Policy

We have an open admissions policy, meaning that any applicant who satisfies the pre-legal education requirements, appears to have a good moral character and has a passion to study the law can be admitted to the J.D. program. Admission is granted to all qualified persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability status or national origin. 

 

We believe in providing access to affordable legal education to ALL.

 

LSAT Not Required

The LSAT is not a requirement of admission, although it is recommended for all applicants and especially for those who have less than two years of college work and students who have previously been academically disqualified from another school.  

 

Pre-Legal Education

In order to be admitted to our J.D. program, you must meet the pre-legal education requirements of the State Bar of California by having

 

·      1) earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at a regionally accredited or approved school recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners, OR

 

·      2) earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or Associate of Science (AS) degree at a regionally accredited or approved school recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners, OR

 

·      3) completed 60 semester (90 quarter units) of college work applicable to a Bachelor degree at a regionally accredited or approved school recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners, with an average grade at least equal to that required for graduation*, OR

 

*If you do not have a Bachelor or Associate degree, you will need to file an Application for Evaluation of Pre-Legal Education with the State Bar of California. Please note that evaluations generally take 3-4 weeks to complete so you will want to request this as soon as possible. 

 

·      4) achieved passing scores on certain CLEP examinations (if less than 2 years of college) 

Please see the State Bar of California’s requirements for College Equivalency Education

 

Foreign Undergraduate Work

If you have completed your undergraduate work in a foreign country, you must first have an educational evaluation of all foreign courses completed in your post-secondary education. This must be done by a credential evaluation agency approved by the Committee of Bar ExaminersYou must request an official copy of the evaluation to be sent directly to us, by email to registrar@wslawschool.com (preferred) or mail to P.O. Box 748, Bonsall, CA 92003. 

 

An exception to the foreign education evaluation requirement is when you have earned a Master’s degree at a regionally accredited or approved school recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners. If that is the case, you must request an official transcript of your Master’s degree to be sent directly to us, by email to registrar@wslawschool.com (preferred) or mail to P.O. Box 748, Bonsall, CA 92003.

 

WSLS does not participate in programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security for the enrollment of foreign students. 

 

Good Moral Character

A positive moral character determination is one of several requirements for admission to the practice of law in California. Although the State Bar of California is the final authority to determine whether you have a good moral character to practice law in California, we admit those who appear to have a good moral character based on your letters of recommendation and disclosure of any criminal history on your application. 

 

Passion to Study the Law 

We admit those who have a true passion to study the law. Your personal statement should be 2-5 pages indicating why you are interested in becoming an attorney. 

 

Application Process & Deadlines

 

Ready to apply? Here are the next steps:

 

STEP 1: Gather All Required Documents

1.     Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

2.     2 Letters of Recommendation

3.     Personal Statement – 2-5 pages indicating why you are interested in becoming an attorney

 

STEP 2: Submit your Application for Admission by the following deadlines:

 

·      Spring 2023 Quarter: February 24, 2023

 

New 1L applicants may begin in either the Fall or Spring Quarters.

 

STEP 3: Request Official Transcripts - emailed to registrar@wslawschool.com (preferred) or mailed to P.O. Box 748, Bonsall, CA 92003

 

STEP 4: Pay Application Fee – Once your application file is complete including all required documents and official transcripts, you will receive an invoice via email for the $50 application fee. 

 

STEP 5: Application Review & Decision – Once your application fee is paid, we will review your application in its entirety and issue you an application decision within 1-2 weeks. You will be contacted by email with any questions, requests for additional information if needed, and your application decision. 

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