FAQs

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

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 March 1, 2019 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.

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

No. There is no early decision or early action program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once the completed application has been received.

No. Our J.D. program is a full-time day program.

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.

Most applicants can expect a decision within six to eight weeks.

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 review basis, a request for a one- or two-year deferment may be granted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You are welcome to self-report your GRE score(s) for the committee’s consideration, but UCI Law anticipates that the vast majority of applicants will submit the results of a valid LSAT as part of a complete application for admission to our program. LSAT scores older than three (3) years may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

For Fall 2019 admission, the last LSAT score accepted for consideration is the June 2019 score for first-time test-takers. Keep in mind that you must still submit your application by the March 1 deadline. 

Yes, but keep in mind that if you have a valid LSAT score on file and your application is complete, it will be sent forward to the admissions committee for review. 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 test taker that is registered for a future LSAT exam, with no other LSAT score on file.

No. UCI Law considers your highest LSAT score, although we can see every valid LSAT score you have on file with the Law School Admissions Council.

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.

No. International students must complete their bachelor’s degree, submit their transcripts to the Law School Admissions Council, and have a valid Law School Admissions Test score to apply. We do not require a TOEFL score or any other language proficiency test.

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 1) approaches. Thus, once your application is complete and in the best version possible, it is best to submit earlier rather than later.

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.

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.

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.

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) on the law school campus, our office is open year-round and we welcome visitors!