Application Instructions

JD General Information

  • Application Fee: $0; Fee waiver not necessary.
  • Application Opens: September 1, 2019
  • Application Closes: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
    • You may submit your JD application prior to the receipt of your standardized test score; however, we will be unable to forward your application to our Admissions Committee until your score and LSAC CAS Report are received.
  • Complete and submit your JD application using our secure online LSAC Electronic Application.
  • Transfer and Visiting Student Applicants: Please see separate application instructions for Transfer and Visiting students.

JD Application Requirements

All JD 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.)
  • Standardized Tests:
    UCI Law requires a standardized test as part of the JD application and admission process.  Applicants seeking admission for Fall 2020 may take either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE).  For Fall 2020 admission, the last LSAT score accepted is from the April 2020 administration, and the GRE must be taken no later than May 1, 2020.  Applicants must still submit their admission application by the March 1, 2020 deadline through LSAC.

    Applicants may choose which test to take; however please be aware of the following guidelines:
    1. Applicants who take both the LSAT and the GRE are required to submit all LSAT test scores from the last five years but may choose whether to submit their GRE score(s) or not.  However, if an applicant elects to submit a GRE score in addition to the LSAT, the applicant must submit all GRE scores from the last five years.*
    2. Applicants who only take the GRE and not the LSAT must submit all GRE scores from the last five years.Applicants submitting a GRE score must not use the ScoreSelect option offered by ETS.
    3. GRE scores should be submitted directly to UCI Law by the Educational Testing Service using UC IRVINE Grad's ETS school code 4859.
    4. Although the Committee may have access to all reportable LSAT and GRE scores, the recorded score for all reports and publications is the highest score.
    5. Please see our FAQs page for additional information about the GRE and standardized tests.
    6. Applicants applying only with a GRE score are still required to subscribe to and utilize the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service for the submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation.

      *Failure to comply with this policy may result in a withdrawal of an offer of admission.
  • Register with Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • The following must be submitted by the published application deadline date.
    • Completed LSAC Electronic Application Form.
      • 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).
  • The following can be submitted after the published application deadline date only if the electronic application noted above has been submitted by the deadline. 
    • Official Transcripts.
      • All transcripts from post-secondary institutions should be submitted directly to LSAC.
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (no more than three [3] 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.
        • Documents above can be submitted after deadline only if electronic application has been submitted on time before March 1, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. PST deadline.

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

Miscellaneous Information

  • JD 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 your email and/or mailing address. 
    • If you are registered for a future standardized test administration, your application will be held only if you are a first-time test taker.
  • Online Status Check
    • Applicants may check the status of their application via LSAC's online status check system.  The status check can be found here.
  • JD Decisions
  • 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: May 13, 2019