POP Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I am no longer an undergraduate student? Can college graduates apply for POP?

A: Although you have already completed your undergraduate studies, you may apply to the program. However, priority will be given to current undergraduates. One goal of the program is to inform students so that they can make changes to their GPA and extracurricular activities in order to be competitive for law school. Obviously you are not able to do that. However, if you are a very strong candidate, you may still be able to participate in POP. It is impossible to know at this point how competitive the pool of applicants will be.

Q: What if I do not have a 3.0 GPA?

A: You are welcome to apply, but please understand that priority will likely be given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The further your GPA is from a 3.0, the less likelihood you will be accepted. That said, there are sometimes life circumstances that result in low grades for a period of time. If that is the case, please include a separate explanation regarding your lower GPA. You should also provide all optional documentation, including letters of recommendation.

Please also be aware that if you truly want to attend law school, you should be striving to significantly improve your GPA as much as possible. Having a lower GPA will make you much less competitive for top law schools, and will make it extremely difficult to get financial aid assistance.

Q: I am applying to law school this year (Fall 2020). Why am I discouraged from applying for POP?

A: We strongly discourage applicants for POP that plan to apply to law school in 2020 (to attend in Fall 2021). It really is not in your best interest. By the time you complete POP and receive the certificate to attend an LSAT program, it will be the beginning of August. You will then have only a short time to take the course, study, and take the LSAT. Additionally, preparing your application for law school is a huge undertaking, and you should give yourself several months to prepare—more if you are a current student. Students that receive the most benefit from POP are those that have the opportunity to make changes in their academics and extra-curricular activities in order to make themselves more competitive for law school.

Q: What year in college is best for attending POP?

A: Rising juniors (current sophomores) get a lot out of the program. However, all undergraduates that are eligible (not applying for law school in Fall 2020) are welcome to apply.

Q: Do I need to meet all of the qualifications to be considered a disadvantaged student?

A: No. Only one of the factors is required, but you should mention all that apply to your situation.

Q: What if I cannot attend one of the six Saturday sessions?

A: We are sorry, but you should not apply unless you can and will attend all six Saturday sessions. Being absent or tardy will prevent you from receiving a certificate of completion, and you will not receive your certificate for a free LSAT course. If there is a significant life event that prevents attendance, you must contact the POP advisor, Estuardo Ponciano, immediately. If you know that you cannot attend one date, but feel that it should be excused, you should contact Estuardo Ponciano (eponciano@law.uci.edu) for approval before applying. Please note that participation in a study abroad program is NOT grounds for missing a session.

Q: What if neither my parents nor I have any tax documents to submit with the application?

A: Please submit tax information for any person that is providing financial support for you as well as a summary of the income of all members of the household, as requested on the application. If no tax information is available at all, you will need to submit a letter explaining why, and providing any documentation of income for yourself and/or members of the household. We are trying to get a sense of your financial situation, so try to provide any documentation that would assist with that determination, or at the very least an explanation of your household’s financial situation.