Visiting (Non-Matriculating) J.D. Students

General Information

Thank you for considering UCI Law for your legal education. All of the following information is important; you should read this in its entirety prior to beginning the application for admission. Please note that these instructions are for students seeking admission as a Visiting (Non-Matriculating) student from another ABA-accredited law school.

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 2021 Visitor application that contains your log-on 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).

Permission to Visit

Applicants for visiting status must obtain permission from their current law school to be a visiting student prior to committing to UCI Law. UCI Law Admissions must have this permission in hand prior to submission of the SIR Deposit.

Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2021 Semester

May 1, 2021

JD Visiting Application opens through the LSAC portal for Fall 2021.

July 1, 2021

Fall 2021 JD Visiting Application is due

July 15, 2021

  • Total $750 SIR Deposit Due
  • Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Due

August 16-20, 2021

Mandatory New Student Orientation

August 23, 2021

  • First Day of Instruction
  • 4:00PM PT – Deadline to Pay Fall Tuition and Fees without Late Fees

 

Spring 2022 Semester

November 30, 2021

JD Visiting Application opens through the LSAC portal for Spring 2022.

December 14, 2021

Spring 2021 JD Visiting Application is due

TBD

  • Total $750 SIR Deposit Due
  • Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Due


Visiting Application Information

UCI Law Application for Admission: The visiting application is available through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website beginning on May 1 for Fall 2021 and November 30 for Spring 2022.

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 Resumé
  • Character and Fitness/Conduct information, if applicable
  • Optional Statements may be a Diversity Statement, LSAT Addendum, and/or GPA Addendum. (While you may write about multiple topics, the total word limit among the optional statements is 750 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, Diversity Statement, etc.) in the header of each document.

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

Education: In order to apply for admission, you must:

(1)    Possess your bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (The accredited institution must be listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.)  and

(2)    have completed (or be in the process of completing) at least one-year of law study at an ABA-accredited law school.

Please note: students from law schools that are only state-approved are not eligible for visiting admission.

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.

Law school transcripts may be included in the CAS Report or sent separately. Regardless of method, you remain responsible for your law school transcripts reaching UCI Law. With the continuing of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to use the CAS Report for your law school transcripts, but we will also accept electronic copies directly from the Registrar’s office to admissions@law.uci.edu. If you must send via US Post, they can be sent to:

          UCI Law Admissions Office
          Attn: Transfer/Visiting JD Admissions
          401 E. Peltason Drive
          Irvine, CA 92697

Members of the Admissions Office do not go to the office regularly due to the pandemic; therefore, any transcripts that are mailed are deemed as not received until a member of the admissions team physically processes them and includes them with your file.

Letters of Standing are a required part of the application for all visiting applicants and must come from every law school you previously attended (even if no grades were issued). This letter may be included with your CAS Report or sent separately directly from the law school you attended to UCI Law Admissions. It is your responsibility to ensure the letter of standing is received by UCI Law Admissions.

With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to utilize either the CAS Report or to have the letter e-mailed directly from the Registrar’s office to admissions@law.uci.edu. If you must send via US Post, the letter may be sent to:

          UCI Law Admissions Office
          Attn: Transfer/Visiting JD Admissions
          401 E. Peltason Drive
          Irvine, CA 92697

Members of the Admissions Office do not go to the office regularly due to the pandemic; therefore, any letter of standing that are mailed are deemed as not received until a member of the admissions team physically processes them and includes them with your file.

Letters of Recommendation: UCI Law requires a minimum of two (2) but no more than three (3) letters of recommendation. Two (2) letters must be from faculty at your current law school.

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.

The optional third (3rd) letter of recommendation may come from either academic or professional sources. We do not suggest solely personal references.

Scholarships

More information about scholarships, financial aid, and paying for law school is available on the Student Financial Services page. UCI Law does not offer merit scholarships to visiting students.

 JD Admission Decisions

Visiting applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are marked as Complete. All visiting applications received by July 1 and later marked as Complete will receive a decision by the end of July.

 

 Page updated 4/29/21