J.D. Program Deadlines & Requirements
The admissions committee admits applicants on a rolling basis; therefore, we encourage all applicants to submit their application early.
You will need the following to complete your application.
- A completed application form
- Nonrefundable $65 application fee
- Personal statement
- Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted through your LSAC CAS account. (Up to three letters will be allowed)
- Bachelor's degree
- CAS Report
- Email address (this is the primary form of communication from the law school)
Click here to begin your application. Please note that McGeorge does not accept hardcopy applications. All applications must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The application must be complete when submitted.
A nonrefundable application fee of $65 must be submitted with the application. If financial need warrants, an applicant may apply for a fee waiver.
Fee waivers are granted based on a demonstrated need. Please explain your need and provide supporting documents in either Word of PDF form. Supporting documents should include a tax return or award letter and a monthly budget. If you have already been granted an LSAC fee waiver, our application fee will automatically be waived as well.
The statement must be no more than three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. An applicant's personal statement is an opportunity to provide information that the applicant believes should be considered. Please choose one of the following two prompts, and mention the prompt at the top of the statement:
- Why are you interested in attending McGeorge School of Law?
- Tell us about a person or event that impacted/influenced your life.
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 the hours worked per week and academic honors received since entering college. List extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service. Describe nature and extent of employment during college and include volunteer work. Please include summers. Explain any periods of time after high school not accounted for by the preceding educational and employment history. However, all other high school information should be omitted.
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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to their college professors and administrators who have had the opportunity to assess their academic, time management, research and analysis skills 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. Letters from family members and close personal friends are discouraged. These letters should address skills relevant to your potential success in law school.
Please note that LSAC will not release an applicant's CAS report to 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.
Credential Assembly Services (CAS) and LSAT
Applicants must register with LSAC for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and LSAC's Credential Assembly Services (CAS). Transcripts of prior college and university coursework must be furnished directly to LSAC. LSAT scores must be from administrations within five years prior to the year of enrollment. An application file is not complete and will not be reviewed until an applicant's law school report, including an LSAT score, has been received. Please note that we will not accept the June 2015 LSAT for enrollment in the Fall 2015 class. If an applicant has multiple LSAT scores with a five (5) point difference or greater, an LSAT disparity addendum is required. (Applicants whose undergraduate degrees are not from educational institutions within the United States, its territories or Canada must use LSAC's Credential Assembly Service for international document authentication and evaluation.)
APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FINAL ACTION UNTIL ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED.
McGeorge School of Law maintains a long-standing policy of not discriminating in any of its activities on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, age, color or religious belief.
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.
Optional Essays: Diversity and Adversity Statements and Addenda
As part of the application for admission we will accept additional supplementary materials, including adversity statements, diversity statement, and/or addenda.
An adversity or diversity statement should highlight something(s) unique about you that is not reflected within the standard application materials. These statements should add additional perspective for the committee as they review your application and should be double-spaced in 12-point font. If the personal statement is about who you are, the adversity/diversity statement should be about how your background shaped you. It's usually about your culture (ethnicity, religion, shared interests, an adversity you have faced and overcome, etc.), but it can be about any aspect of your background that will show the admission committee how you will add a diverse perspective to the classroom conversation.
Addenda should be used to elaborate on pieces of your application that warrant more space or attention. They are meant to provide a brief explanation of any anomalies in your application. Ask yourself this question to determine if you need an addendum: "Is there anything I am concerned will prompt questions from the admissions committee?" If the answer is yes, you should provide a succinct answer. As this is not an essay, this should be no more than a paragraph or two. The tone of the addendum should be objective; while emotion and personality are welcome in your essays, your addendum should be a statement or explanation.
Additional Application Requirements for Foreign Applicants
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
An applicant who did not complete his or her bachelor's degree from an English-language college or university, and for whom English is not his or her 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 the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the internet-based exam is required. 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.
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 can check the status online through the Application Status Online. Login information for the Applicant Status Online is emailed to applicants when the application is submitted to the law school. 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. Other 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.