PLEASE NOTE: Members of Team Admissions & Aid are working a hybrid schedule due to our fall recruitment schedule. At this time, prospective student advising is being done via Zoom or phone.  If you wish to come to the law school, please register & attend one of the in-person information sessions.

The best way to reach a member of Team Admissions and Aid is to email either admissions@law.uci.edu or finaid@law.uci.edu. Please allow 48-72 hours for a response, although during the week, the team responds within 24 hours. 

Updated: 09/09/2022

First Year Application Instructions

General Information

Thank you for considering UCI Law for your legal education. All of the following information is important; you should read the entirety prior to beginning the application for admission. In particular, in choosing whether to apply for Binding Early Decision or Regular Decision.

To promote access to a legal education at UCI, there is no application fee. A fee waiver is not necessary. Due to our limited resources, we are unable to grant CAS report fee waivers.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of our receipt of your Fall 2023 1L application that contains your log-in credentials for the Applicant Status Online system within 72 business hours of submission (3 business days). Please check all your folders and/or tabs for this e-mail; if you did not receive it, please contact us via admissions@law.uci.edu and include your full LSAC account number (including the L).

Dates & Deadlines

For Applicants

September 1, 2022

JD First-Year Application opens through the LSAC portal.

November 15, 2022

Binding Early Decision Applications due & complete.

January 13, 2023

  • Binding Early Decision SIR and non-refundable first seat deposit due
  • Fall 2022 Deferral SIR and additional non-refundable seat deposit due

March 31, 2023

Fall 2023 JD First-Year Priority Application deadline (your file must be complete).

For Admitted Students (Class of 2026/Fall 2023 entering) 

April 15, 2023

  • Regular Decision SIR and non-refundable first seat deposit begins to be due (this will become rolling for later admits; refer to the dates provided with your admission)
  • Binding Early Decision non-refundable second seat deposit due

May 1, 2023

Housing Application due by 4PM PT for incoming 1Ls to access the housing guarantee (must have submitted affirmative SIR and seat deposit no less than 72 hours prior to access the application).

June 1, 2023

Regular Decision non-refundable second seat deposit due

July 14, 2023

July Seat Reconfirmation Form Due

August 14, 2023

Class of 2026 Orientation begins

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Application Information Applicable to All Applicants

UCI Law Application for Admission: The application is available through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website beginning on September 1.

  • Binding Early Decision applicants must have a complete file by the November 15 deadline (see more information below).
  • Regular Decision applicants who wish to meet the priority deadline of March 31 must have their file complete-inclusive of CAS Report, standardized tests, and letters of recommendation. However, we will accept the CAS Report on a rolling basis thereafter.                                   

When submitting your application for admission, please strictly adhere to all application instructions. In addition to completing the application form itself, we require additional essays or statements. Additional instructions regarding the following statements are included with the application:

  • Personal Statement (750-word limit)
  • “Why UCI Law” Statement (750-word limit)
  • Current Résumé
  • Character and Fitness/Conduct information, if applicable
  • An Inclusive Excellence Essay is optional (500-word limit)
  • Additional Optional Statements may only be a LSAT Addendum and/or a GPA Addendum. (While you may write about one or both topics, the total word limit among these optional statements is 500 words.)

Please ensure the correct documents are submitted with your application; updates or revisions of documents are not accepted. Please follow formatting instructions and be sure to indicate your name, LSAC Account number, and the type of document (Personal Statement, Inclusive Excellence Essay, etc.) in the header of each document. 

Note: Conduct disclosures are separate and distinct from the optional statements. There is no word count limitation on conduct disclosures, please utilize the space you need to fully explain any incident(s) and rehabilitation.

Credentials Assembly Service: All applicants must register for and utilize the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS houses your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and, as applicable, your LSAT score and LSAT writing.

If you are applying through Regular Decision, your CAS may be received after the application deadlines. While we encourage you to submit your CAS Report when your standardized testing is complete; the Admissions Committee will not hold your file for upon an affirmative request after you submit your application for admission. LSAT Scores will automatically populate within the CAS Report.

We accept offical score reports for only one type of standardized test. If you have taken or will take the LSAT, we will not request or download an official GRE Score Report.

Education: In order to apply for admission, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or have completed the equivalent of six semesters (nine quarters) and are on track to have your degree conferred prior to the beginning of your first law school semester. Your bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited institution of higher education. (The accredited institution must be listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.)

Applicants educated abroad (excluding approved study abroad from a domestic institution) must utilize the LSAC CAS Authentication & Evaluation Service. Internationally educated applicants may apply and be admitted to UCI Law so long as the Authentication & Evaluation Service indicate the degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree that is earned in the United States. The Admissions Office will not discuss concerns regarding the validity of transcripts, United States degree equivalency, or accreditation acceptability until the LSAC Report is received with the application.

All applicants are under a continuing obligation to provide updated transcripts at all times. If you apply while currently an undergraduate student, you must update your transcript with the LSAC following each semester or quarter, including after receipt of your admissions decision. Upon conferral of your bachelor’s degree, send your final transcripts to the LSAC as well.

Transcripts from every college or university attended (except study abroad transcripts from foreign universities) must be submitted for inclusion in your CAS Report. Failing to include a transcript will result in your file being marked as incomplete (and may also delay delivery of a CAS report) and delay review by the Admissions Committee.

Standardized Tests: Either LSAT or GRE

UCI Law requires a standardized test as a part of the JD application. Applicants seeking admission for Fall 2023 may take either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The Admissions Committee has authorized accepting both the LSAT and LSAT-flex for Fall 2023 admission, they will be treated as the same. UCI Law utilizes the term LSAT to refer to both the traditional LSAT and the LSAT-flex.

For Fall 2023 admission, the last LSAT score accepted will be from the April 2023 administration, and the last GRE must be taken no later than April 15, 2023.

The applicant must choose between the LSAT and the GRE, but please be mindful of the following guidelines:

  1. We encourage you to select either the LSAT or the GRE at the outset.
  2. If you have a LSAT score, that score will control for Admissions Committee evaluation.
  3. Applicants who have taken both the LSAT and GRE are required to submit LSAT scores.
  4. UCI Law will only download the official report of one exam type. Therefore, if you have taken or plan to take the LSAT, we will not download an official GRE Score Report for you.
  5. Applicants who have only taken the GRE, and not the LSAT, must submit all GRE scores from the last five (5) years. Applicants must not use the ScoreSelect option offered by ETS. Failure to submit all GRE scores and/or use of ScoreSelect may result in a withdrawal of an admission offer.
    1. GRE scores should be submitted directly to UCI Law from ETS using UC Irvine Graduate School’s ETS school code 4859.
    2. Applicants applying with only GRE scores are still required to subscribe to, and utilize, the CAS for submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation. After receipt of your GRE Score Report we will manually request the CAS Report.
    3. After receipt of your GRE Score Report we will manually request the CAS Report.
    4. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to re-review an application admitted with solely a GRE score where the LSAT is subsequently taken and reported to their file.
  6. Regardless of which exam, scores are valid only if they have been earned within the last five (5) years.

Letters of Recommendation: UCI Law requires a minimum of two (2) but no more than three (3) letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation must be on file with LSAC and assigned to UCI Irvine School of Law. We will not receive your CAS Report until at least two (2) letters are assigned to UCI Law and on file with LSAC.

Letters of recommendation from academic sources are preferred; however, letters from professional references are acceptable. We do not suggest solely personal references.

Binding Early Decision Information

UCI Law allows applicants to apply as Binding Early Decision (ED). In addition to the general application information above, please adhere to this information as well if applying ED. For ED applicants, if there is a conflict between ED information and general information, ED information supersedes.

When considering whether to apply for ED, UCI Law should be your first choice. You may only apply to one law school as an ED applicant. If you are admitted as an ED applicant, you are required to withdraw your application from all other law school programs, not initiate any new law school applications, and attend UCI Law in Fall 2023 - no deferrals will be granted under any circumstance.

In order to apply for the UCI Law ED program, you must have a complete file prior to November 15, 2022. Therefore, you must:

    1. Complete the JD Application through the LSAC portal, indicating your desire to be considered for Binding Early Decision (question 1) and submit all written materials.
    2. Sit for the LSAT or LSAT-flex no later than the October 2022 administration (GRE scores are not accepted for ED consideration). If your LSAT is close to five (5) years old, please confirm with LSAC that it is still reportable.
    3. Complete your LSAT writing to ensure that it will be in your CAS Report prior to the November 15 deadline.
    4. Confirm that your all transcripts have been received by LSAC and processed for inclusion in your CAS Report. Missing any transcript for any reason renders your file incomplete.
    5. Confirm that you have two (2) letters of recommendation in your CAS Report and those letters are assigned to UCI Law.
    6. Complete the Early Decision Certification (ED Certification). If your ED Certification is not received by the Admissions Office (in-hand) by the deadline, your file will be moved to Regular Decision. You have three options to submit the ED Certification.
      1. You may electronically sign (in Adobe) and e-mail the form to admissions@law.uci.edu
      2. You may print the form, sign it in ink, scan it back as a PDF and e-mail it to admissions@law.uci.edu.
      3. You may print the form, sign it in ink, and mail it back to the Office of Admissions. If you choose this (third) option, it must be physically received by the Law School Admissions Office (not postmarked or at the University) by November 15. If you are pursuing this option, please mail it to:

                                        Office of Admissions and Student Financial Services
                                        University of California, Irvine School of Law
                                        401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000
                                        Irvine, CA 92697-8000

Please utilize the application status checker to confirm that your file is complete by the deadline. The status checker is manually updated and will show as either "Complete" or “In Review” by November 18.

ED applicants will receive either a decision of “Admit” or “Hold for Regular Decision”.

  • If you receive a decision of Admit, your ED Certification becomes active and you must immediately withdraw all applications to other schools. You will secure your seat in the class by submitting your SIR and paying the non-refundable monetary seat deposits by the dates provided with your offer of admission.
  • UCI Law reserves the right to contact other schools to inform them of your ED admission if necessary, and you grant permission for other law schools to inform UCI Law regarding your application status with that school.
  • If you receive a decision of “Hold for Regular Decision” you are free to apply to any other program and your ED Certification is no longer binding.

Scholarships

More information about scholarships, financial aid, and paying for law school is available on the Student Financial Services page.

Early Decision Scholarships

  • Those who receive a decision of Admit as ED are guaranteed a scholarship of $30,000/year renewable for the duration of your law school education (six (6) consecutive semesters) at UCI provided you maintain good academic standing.
  • Those who receive a decision of “Hold for Regular Decision” and subsequently receive an offer of admission will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee for merit scholarship funds. These scholarships may be higher or lower than those granted in the ED process.

Regular Decision Scholarships

  • UCI law evaluates applicants admitted through Regular Decision for merit-based scholarships shortly after the Admissions Committee renders their favorable decision.
  • While timing is not dispositive regarding scholarships, since our scholarship budget is finite, awards may become limited as we move through the application cycle. Therefore, it's in an applicant’s best interest to apply by the priority deadline to maximize their potential scholarship award.

Need-Based Grants & Federal Aid

To be considered for need-based grants and federal financial aid, UCI Law recommends applicants submit the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 2, 2023 and designate UCI Law as a recipient even if they have yet to receive a decision. UCI Law's Federal School Code is 001314. Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA and qualify for the CA AB540 fee exemption can apply for certain types of financial aid by completing the California Dream Application. In order to be considered for a need-based grant, you must file the FAFSA or California Dream Application by February 2, 2023 and include parental information unless you fall into a category listed in the need-based grants section on our website.

JD Admission Decisions

Binding Early Decision:

  • The Admissions Committee’s goal is to have all decisions to ED applicants by the end of December.

Regular Decision:

  • The Admissions Committee’s goal is to have all Regular Decision files that are complete by March 31 receive a decision by May 15.
  • Any ED applicants held over to the Regular Decision pool will receive an updated decision by April 15.

Required Disclosure

Please note that federal regulations require higher education programs that are intended to meet professional licensure and certification requirements to disclose to students whether the program meets licensure and certification requirements in other states. The regulations, which were enacted on November 1, 2019, can be found at 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v) (https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-23129.pdf).

The License and Certification Disclosures for the University of California can be found here: https://www.ucop.edu/institutional-research-academic-planning/content-analysis/academic-planning/licensure-and-certification-disclosures.html 

The University of California, Irvine, School of Law is required to provide reports to various federal and state agencies about the ethnic composition of our applicant pool. We therefore ask that you answer the questions about your ethnic identity located in the demographics section of this application. The University maintains the confidentiality of this information and uses it for statistical purposes. You may decline to state your ethnic identity. You may also select more than one box.

 

Updated 8/29/2022