Applying to the School of Law

Please see the current class profile for an exact number.
In a typical year, UCI Law will make offers of admission to approximately 1 out of 4 applicants.

A bachelor’s degree earned prior to the beginning of the law school semester from an accredited institution of higher education and a valid standardized test score (LSAT or GRE). Please refer to the Application Instructions page for more information about the specific components of the application process

No. International students must complete their bachelor’s degree, submit their transcripts to the Law School Admissions Council, and have a valid standardized test score (LSAT or GRE) to apply. We do not require a TOEFL score or any other language proficiency test.
Yes. Please see our Transfer Students page for more information about the transfer application process, and our Visiting Students page for more information about being a visiting (non-matriculating) student.

The secure application form, available through the LSAC Electronic Application System, and instructions will be available after September 1.  Applications may be submitted up until April 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. (PST).  Please visit our Application Instructions page for details.  Apply earlier, rather than later!

Students are admitted only for fall entry to the law school.  There is no mid-year admission.

To a certain extent, yes. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. This means that the committee reviews applications and makes admission decisions once applications arrive and are determined to be complete. While each application is reviewed on its merits regardless of when it is submitted, the reality is that the class begins to take shape and fill up as the application deadline (March 17) approaches. Thus, once your application is complete and in the best version possible, it is best to submit earlier rather than later.

UCI Law does not charge an application fee so a fee waiver is unnecessary.

Yes, we have a binding Early Decision program.

No.  While the committee recognizes the excellent education that students receive at UCI and other UC campuses, there is no preferential treatment offered to graduates of UCI or other UC campuses in the application review process.
We believe that the best time to start law school is whenever you are ready to start law school! There is no best or ideal time to start law school that fits everyone. Some people are ready to start law school as soon as they graduate college. Others may wish or need to take a gap year (or more). Other applicants may be ready to start law school after several years (sometimes decades) in the workplace. The committee has no preference for applicants who apply after taking time off or for those who apply right out of college. The most important factor is that you apply when you are ready to start law school.
We strive to admit a diverse group of people to join the vibrant exchange of ideas and viewpoints in our classrooms. Our admission policy gives equal consideration to a variety of factors in addition to numerical indicators. These include graduate work, special academic distinctions, life experiences, difficulty of the academic program, work experience, history of overcoming educational or socioeconomic disadvantage, and significant achievement in nonacademic activities or public service.

For the past several years, the median GPA and LSAT score of admitted applicants has been fairly stable. Please see the current class profile for the most recent LSAT and GPA quartiles.


Yes. As part of a three-year pilot program, UCI Law will accept either the LSAT or the GRE beginning the fall 2019-2020 application cycle.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) automatically reports all LSAT scores from the past five years as part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report sent with your application for admission. Applicants who have taken both tests are not required to submit their GRE scores. If you wish to have us consider a GRE score in addition to the LSAT, you must submit all GRE scores from the past five years through ETS.
Applicants submitting a GRE score in lieu of a LSAT score are evaluated in the same manner as those applying with a LSAT score. Our review process is holistic and takes into account standardized test scores, undergraduate academic performance (including but not limited to GPA), rigor of study, work experience, graduate study, economic or educational disadvantage, community involvement as well as all other components of the admission application. Whether an applicant submits only one of these test scores or both, the scores will be assessed in the context of these other factors.
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) automatically reports all LSAT test scores from the past five years in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report it provides to the law school. To maintain parity in the requirements between the LSAT and GRE results, applicants must also submit all valid GRE test results from the last five years via ETS. Applicants may not choose which results they will share. A failure to comply with this policy may result in a withdrawal of an offer of admission.
The Committee will use the highest score for purposes of a final decision, and this will be the recorded score for all reports and publications. However, the Committee will have access to all scores and will consider them in their evaluation (applicants submitting GRE scores must have all of their scores from the last five years sent to the law school by ETS). Applicants are encouraged to address any discrepancies in scores or extenuating circumstances in an addendum.
The last eligible LSAT administration date will be April 2021. The GRE must be taken by May 1, 2021. Applicants must still submit the application by the close of the application period.
We will accept any past LSAT score on record with LSAC. Generally, LSAC keeps LSAT scores for five years. We will also accept any past GRE score on record with ETS. Similarly, ETS keeps GRE scores for five years.
Yes. All applicants, whether they are taking the LSAT or the GRE, must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and submit their undergraduate transcripts this way. Applicants may also submit letters of recommendation through the CAS.
Law school applicants should take the general GRE test.
For information on LSAC’s fee waiver, please visit the LSAC website. For the GRE fee reduction program, please visit the ETS website.

Yes, but keep in mind that if you have a valid LSAT score on file and your application is complete, this score will be included on your CAS report and your file will be sent forward to the admissions committee for review.  Similarly, if ETS has already sent us a valid GRE score, your file will be complete and will be forwarded to the committee.  Thus, you should submit your application when it is ready to be reviewed. Your application will only be held if you are a first-time LSAT or GRE test taker that is registered for a future exam, with no other score on file.

The GRE must be taken by May 1, 2021. Applicants must still submit the application by the close of the application period.

After You Apply

Most applicants can expect a decision within ten (10) weeks from their application going to review. Binding Early Decision applicants will receive a decision by the end of December.


Applicants can expect to receive a response via e-mail. Please make sure to adjust your spam filters to ensure you receive messages from UCI Law.

On a case-by-case basis, the Admissions Committee will consider granting a one-year deferral. Please note that any merit scholarship awarded will not carry over, deferrals will be reevaluated for scholarship funds consistent with that incoming class.

The landscape of law school applications changes from year to year, making it hard to predict how the application review process will play out.  However, in the last several years there has been a waitlist every year.  Admission offers to the waitlist have varied from year to year based on enrollment needs.
Yes.  The review process begins fresh every year and re-applicants will be reviewed without prejudice.

Tuition, Aid, and Housing

The most current breakdown of J.D. Cost of Attendance for both California residents and non-California residents, which includes tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses, is located under Tuition & Aid on our Admissions pages.
A variety of information about financial aid resources, including merit-based scholarships, targeted fellowships, federal and private loans, need-based grants, and educational benefits for Veterans are available in our Types of Aid section.
Yes, on-campus housing is available at UCI Law. Most students live in either the Palo Verde or Verano housing complexes, which are unfurnished and close to the law school. Privately-managed apartment complexes are also available on-campus and offer additional amenities in the unit.

Getting Here

UCI Law is located in coastal Southern California, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 80 miles north of San Diego. You can find the best route to get here on our Maps & Directions page.  We are also conveniently located just 2 miles from John Wayne Airport, a full-service, international airport serving Orange County.

Located on the 4th Floor (Room 410) of the Multi-Purpose Academic & Administrative Building (MPAA), the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Services normally welcomes visitors; however, we are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to welcome you to visit the campus at this time.


Ranked among the top research universities in the country, UC Irvine stretches across 1,500 acres along the coastal foothills of Orange County and five miles from pristine Pacific Ocean beaches.  With engaging public lectures, captivating theater performances and exciting athletic events taking place year-round, there is always something interesting going on at UCI.
No. Our J.D. program is a full-time day program.
Yes, the School of Law offers students the opportunity to pursue concurrent graduate degrees, for example an MBA through the Paul Merage School of Business.