Visiting (Non-Matriculating) J.D. Students

Students who have completed the equivalent of two full-time years at another ABA-approved law school may apply for visiting student status at UC Irvine School of Law for one semester or their entire third year.

Admission is granted at the discretion of UC Irvine School of Law, and candidates must demonstrate compelling personal and/or intellectual reasons for seeking to spend the semester or year with us. Visiting students are responsible for meeting all costs associated with attending UCI Law for their planned enrollment, as well as meet any financial obligations to their home law school, and they will ultimately obtain the J.D. from their original institution.

Non-matriculants may not enroll in clinical program courses.

General Information

  • Application Fee: $0; Fee waiver not necessary
  • Fall 2019 Semester or 2019–2020 Academic Year Application
    • Opens: May 1, 2019
    • Closes: July 1, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
  • Spring 2020 Semester Application
    • Opens: November 30, 2019
    • Closes: December 15, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
  • Late applications are not accepted. No exceptions.
  • Complete and submit your application using our secure online LSAC Electronic Application.
  • First-Year and Transfer Student Applicants: Please see separate application instructions for First-Year and Transfer students.

Application Requirements

All visiting student applicants should follow the below procedures:

  • Register with Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Submit the following through by application deadlines:

  • Completed LSAC Electronic Application Form
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from Law Faculty (no more than four [4] will be accepted). Must be on file LSAC & be assigned to UC Irvine School of Law. 
  • Personal Statement (500 word limit)
  • "Why UCI Law?" Statement (500 word limit)
  • Current Resume

Your current law school should submit the following directly to UCI Law (address provided below) by application deadlines:

Visiting Student Admissions Committee
UC Irvine School of Law
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000

  • Official Transcripts (law school and undergraduate showing conferral of bachelor's degree)
  • Letter of Good Standing. If available, please include law school class rank. 

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.

Miscellaneous Information

UCI Law's Non-Discrimination Policy