Application Instructions

General Information

  • Application Fee: $0; Fee waiver not necessary.
  • Application Opens: September 1, 2015
  • Application Closes: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
    • Late applications are not accepted. No exceptions.
    • You may submit your application prior to the receipt of your LSAT score; however, we will be unable to forward your application to our Admissions Committee until your LSAC CAS Report is received.
  • Complete and submit your application using our secure online LSAC Electronic Application.
  • Transfer and Visiting Student Applicants: Please see separate application instructions for Transfer and Visiting students.

Application Requirements

All applicants should follow the below procedures:

  • Receive a bachelor's degree prior to the beginning of the Law School semester from an accredited institution of higher education. (The accredited institution must be listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.)
  • For Fall 2016 admission, take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than June 2016.
    • Valid scores are not more than five (5) years old.
    • The highest score will be reviewed.
  • Register with Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • The following must be submitted by the published application deadline date. (Submission deadline for Fall 2016 admission will be posted in Fall 2015 when the application becomes available):
    • Completed LSAC Electronic Application Form.
    • Official Transcripts.
      • All transcripts from post-secondary institutions should be submitted directly to LSAC.
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (no more than four [4] will be accepted).
      • Must be on file with LSAC & be assigned to UC Irvine School of Law.
      • Letters of Recommendation from academic references are preferred; however, letters from professional references are acceptable.
      • Evaluations are accepted (maximum four [4]).
    • Personal Statement (500 word limit). Please ensure the correct statement is submitted, as updates or revisions are not accepted.
    • “Why UCI Law?” Statement (500 word limit). Please ensure the correct statement is submitted, as updates or revisions are not accepted.
    • Current Resume. 
    • Optional Statements (Diversity, LSAT and/or GPA Addendum, etc.; You may write about multiple topics; however, the total word limit for all topics must not exceed 750).

If you have questions about UCI Law's admissions process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact us by phone at (949) 824-4545 or by email at admissions@law.uci.edu.

Miscellaneous Information

  • Notifications
    • Our office will notify all applicants by e-mail when:
      • the application has been received;
      • and the LSAC CAS report has been received.
    • The Admissions Coordinator will e-mail applicants for any missing components. Otherwise, the application will be marked complete and forwarded to our Committee for review.
    • Please update our office of any changes to the email and/or mailing address. 
  • Decisions
    • For Fall 2016 admission, the majority of applicants will receive notification by the end of April 2016.
    • Decisions will be sent out by e-mail and/or hard mail within 6 to 8 weeks.
    • UCI Law's Non-Discrimination Policy
  • Foreign-Educated Applicants
    • No English proficiency test requirements.
    • Transcripts must be submitted through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

More information about the California Bar and California Bar Registration is available on our California Bar pages.

Page last updated: August 21, 2015

Dates & Deadlines

September 1, 2015
  • Applications available for Fall 2016 admission at lsac.org
  • First day to submit application for Fall 2016 admission at lsac.org
October 3, 2015
December 5, 2015
Saturday, February 6, 2016
March 31, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. (PST)
  • Last day to submit application for Fall 2016 admission at lsac.org
June 2016
  • LSAT Exam
    *Last score accepted for Fall 2016 applicants*