Applying to First Year Class

We invite you to apply to the youngest top law school in the nation – UCLA School of Law. The Office of Admissions is available to help you experience a smooth and successful application process. UCLA School of Law will begin accepting applications for Fall 2017 on September 1, 2016.

Apply to the JD Program

Applicants for admission to the professional curriculum of UCLA School of Law, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor, must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college of approved standing before they begin their work at the law school.

Students are admitted for the fall semester only. UCLA Law offers a three-year, full-time course of study. Evening, summer, and part-time programs are not offered.

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A. Application Requirements

All applicants for Fall 2017 should follow these application procedures:

  1. Take the LSAT no later than February 2017.
  2. Register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  3. Submit the following:
    1. Completed application.
    2. Personal statement (if applying electronically, use an electronic attachment).
      • 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.
    3. Current résumé (if applying electronically, use an electronic attachment).
    4. Two letters of recommendation (no more than two) submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service are required. 
    5. Official transcripts sent directly to LSAC.
    6. Nonrefundable application fee of $75. You may submit your application and pay the fee electronically 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. 
    7. David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Application, if applying to that program.  
    8. Early Decision Program Agreement, if applicable. The deadline is November 15, 2016. Early Decision Program applicants must take the LSAT no later than September 2016. 
  4. We do not require a dean's certification.
  5. Applications must be submitted on or before February 1, 2017.

B. Methods of Submitting Applications

Applicants may submit an application to the UCLA School of Law in one of the following ways:

  1. Complete the UCLA School of Law's electronic application.
  2. Complete the electronic application through LSAC. For more information, visit the LSAC website; call 215.968.1001; or e-mail: LSACinfo@LSAC.org.

C. Fee Waiver

Need-based fee waivers are available to applicants for whom the $75 application fee would present a significant financial burden - Fee Waiver Form. Our fee waiver request form must be submitted with your supporting documentation to the Office of Admissions prior to applying for admission. After receiving your request form, we will assess your situation and respond to your request within five (5) business days. If your fee waiver is approved, you will be able to apply for admission and bypass the payment section. If your request is not approved, you will be required to pay the $75 fee when submitting your application for admission.

The fee waiver request form, along with supporting documentation, may be sent by email to admissions@law.ucla.edu, by fax at 310-206-7227, or by regular mail to the Law School Office of Admissions at:

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

D. Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) was developed to help participating schools collect and analyze data pertaining to the academic records of applicants. The law school report includes a year-by-year summary of units and grade-point averages (GPA), a cumulative GPA, LSAT score(s), and a copy of each transcript. All applicants, including those reapplying and applicants from institutions that do not issue grades, are required to register with the Credential Assembly Service. A transcript from each college or university attended and listed on the registration form should be sent directly to LSAC's Credential Assembly Service in accordance with their instructions. The Credential Assembly Service will analyze and summarize the transcript(s). UCLA School of Law will request the LSAC Law School Report once the application is received.

Applicants should not wait for fall grades before sending transcripts to LSAC. However, applicants must submit work completed after the initial registration to LSAC, as updated reports will be forwarded to the Law School Admissions Office. Accepted applicants will be required to have their undergraduate institution submit directly to UCLA School of Law a final transcript showing the award of a baccalaureate degree before classes begin in the fall semester.

LSAT/Credential Assembly Service registration forms and other information may be obtained from the Law School Admission Council website or (215) 968-1001. 

E. Letters of Recommendation

The UCLA School of Law requires that applicants submit two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from someone familiar with the applicant's academic work, if at all possible. The Law School strongly prefers that letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. This service is included with the Credential Assembly Service registration. Letters will be copied and sent to UCLA School of Law along with the LSAC Law School Report. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined at LSAC.org.

F. Internationally-Educated Applicants

The UCLA School of Law requires that your transcripts be submitted through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. This service is included in the Credential Assembly Service subscription fee. If you completed any post-secondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcripts.

To use the Credential Assembly Service, log into your LSAC.org account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive international transcripts.

Questions about the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.

UCLA School of Law will request the applicant's law school report with LSAT score(s) from LSAC. All internationally-educated applicants must take the LSAT but are not required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

G. Change of Contact Information

If there is a change in the applicant's contact information after filing the application, the UCLA School of Law Office of Admissions must be notified by sending an e-mail with the applicant's name and LSAC Account Number to admissions@law.ucla.edu or by writing to:

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

H. Notification

Applicants will be notified by e-mail when:

  1. the application has been received;
  2. the application has been marked complete; and
  3. when an admission decision has been made.

The Office of Admission should be advised of any change to the applicant's e-mail address. The majority of applicants will receive notification by the end of April 2017.

The School of Law considers requests to defer enrollment on a case-by-case basis. To apply, applicants should contact the Office of Admissions.

I. Joint Degree

Applicants to approved joint-degree programs must contact the appropriate graduate school or department to obtain its application and must meet that department's deadline.  All J.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy applicants are advised to take the LSAT no later than December 2016 and apply by January 10, 2017.

More Information on Joint Degree Programs

J. Reapplication

Applicants who reapply for admission must comply with the following procedures:

  1. Complete a current application
  2. Pay the nonrefundable application fee in the amount of $75. You may submit your application and pay the fee electronically 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. Have a valid LSAT score.
  4. Re-register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service.

Note that the original application materials, including letters of recommendation, will remain on file. It is strongly suggested that a re-applicant submit an updated personal statement and résumé.