J.D. Program Application Requirements
Fall 2013 applications will be available from Sept. 15, 2012 through April 1, 2013. The admissions committee admits applicants on a rolling basis; therefore, we encourage all applicants to submit their application early. Completed applications submitted by Feb. 1, 2013 will receive priority review for both admission and scholarship opportunities.
To be considered for the J.D. program at Pacific McGeorge applicants must have a valid LSAT score and obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Each applicant must indicate whether they are applying for the full-time day or part-time evening division. All applicants begin their legal education in the fall and must furnish the following materials:
Click here to begin your application. Please note that Pacific McGeorge does not accept hardcopy applications. All applications must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted with the application if an applicant does not have a fee waiver. Click here to waive your application fee.
Credential Assembly Services (CAS)
All first-time applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Services (CAS) report. To obtain information about CAS, please visit www.lsac.org.
All applicants must take the LSAT and have a valid score when applying to law school. A LSAT score over five years old from the date that an applicant is applying is not considered valid.
The LSAT is administered four times a year in various locations throughout the country, including our campus. We encourage all applicants to plan well in advance and advise them to take the LSAT as early as possible but no later than February 2013.
The admissions committee will take into account the highest LSAT score for applicants who have taken the LSAT multiple times.
Letters of Recommendation
In support of the application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation directly to LSAC, and will accept a maximum of three letters or an evaluation. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to their college professors and administrators who have had the opportunity to assess their academic or experiential aptitudes to write on their behalf.
Applicants who have been out of school for a considerable amount of time can submit letters of recommendation from employers, business colleagues, and mentors.
Please note that LSAC will not release an applicant's CAS report to Pacific McGeorge until they have received a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Furthermore, the application will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the applicant's file is complete.
The admissions committee requires each applicant to submit a personal statement focusing on their interests and motivations for studying law. Additionally, the committee is interested in reading about your personal experiences, talents, background and accomplishments. Applicants must limit their personal statement to three pages, double-spaced and 12-point font.
If an applicant wishes to address their grades, academic disqualifications, etc. they may do so by addressing these circumstances in a separate addendum.
Provide a résumé of full-time employment and other activities, starting with the most recent. Include dates, name(s) of employer(s), and position(s) held. List academic honors received since entering college. List extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service. Describe nature and extent of employment during college, listing the hours worked per week. Include summers. Explain any periods of time after high school not accounted for by the preceding educational and employment history, but high school information should be omitted.
All transcripts for college and graduate work must be submitted directly to LSAC. LSAC will evaluate each transcript and forward a report to each law school the applicant designates.
If an applicant matriculated at another law school, a letter of good standing from that school is required. Additionally, if an applicant sat for an examination at that school, a transcript from that law school must also be submitted directly to LSAC.
Additional Application Requirements for Foreign Applicants
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
An applicant who did not complete their bachelor's degree from an English-language college or university, and for whom English is not their primary language is required to take the TOEFL. This requirement also applies to recent immigrants who have completed their education outside of the United States where English was not the language of instruction.
A minimum score of 600 for paper-based, 100, iBT exam, and 250 for computer based exams are adequate. Please note that acceptable scores must come directly from TOEFL and be submitted to LSAC. For additional information on TOEFL, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl.
Pacific McGeorge requires that foreign transcripts be submitted directly to LSAC Credential Service which is included in the CAS subscription fee. A foreign credential evaluation will be finalized by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRO) and will be integrated into your CAS report.
Once an international applicant is admitted to the law school and have paid their first seat deposit, the Director of Admissions will contact the student to obtain an I-20 application form, certification of finance, a notarized copy of their birth certificate, passport, and when applicable, marriage license. Once all of these items are received, the Director of Admissions will process the student's SEVIS I-20. An I-20 form is one part of the requirement for an applicant to obtain a student visa.
Next Steps ...
Once an applicant submits their application, they are welcome to check the status of their application through our online checker. The admissions committee will review files in the order that they were completed. Our admissions committee is devoted to reviewing each file in a holistic manner. Please allow four-to-six weeks to receive an admission decision. Offers of admission will be sent via U.S. mail. Non-admission decisions will be sent via email. Changes to an applicant's email or mailing address should be communicated to the Office of Admissions immediately.
Pacific McGeorge Admissions
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