Requirements for Admission to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program:
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.
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 Examiners. You must request an official copy of the evaluation to be sent directly to us, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (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
· Fall 2023 Quarter: August 11, 2023
New 1L applicants may begin in either the Fall or Spring Quarters.
STEP 3: Request Official Transcripts - emailed to email@example.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.