Undocumented/DACA Admissions Policy

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Undocumented/DACA Admissions Policy

Pacific welcomes applications for its J.D. program from qualified applicants who are undocumented, including those who have DACA immigration status or who are DACA-eligible.

Information for Undocumented Applicants

  • Undocumented Students, according to the National Immigration Law Center, are defined as foreign nationals who entered the United States:
    • Without inspection or with fraudulent paperwork; or
    • Legally as nonimmigrants, but remained in the United States after violating the terms of his or her status.
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
    • Undocumented students may qualify for DACA if they:
      • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
      • Arrived in the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
      • Have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present;
      • Were physically present in the United states on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
      • Had no lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;
      • Are currently in high school, have graduated or earned a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces; and
      • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and are not otherwise considered a risk to national security or public safety.
    • For more information on DACA or the application process for DACA, please see the Resources listed below.
  • Ability to Practice Law
    • In California, DACA students are eligible to apply for and obtain a license to practice law. To practice law in California or any other state, a law school graduate must apply for and be admitted to the bar. The criteria for eligibility to sit for the bar examination and/or to qualify for bar admission are set by each state. Students should consult the requirements of the licensing authority in any state in which they contemplate practicing law to ascertain the qualifications for bar admission. Information concerning bar admission in California may be found at www.calbar.ca.gov. Information about other states may be found at www.ncbex.org.
  • Study Abroad
    • DACA students may be eligible to study abroad and fulfill graduate program requirements in other countries with appropriate permissions.
  • Financial Aid
    • Undocumented students are currently not eligible to apply for any federal funding, including FAFSA and work study.
    • Undocumented students may be eligible for private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and/or loans. Some examples include:
      • All McGeorge applicants and students are eligible to be considered for institutional merit, need-based and endowed scholarships.
      • Other non-institutional scholarships are available to members of certain backgrounds, such as military families, members of religious organizations or communities and particular groups of students. For example:
      • Undocumented students are eligible to apply for Alternative/Private loans. In order to do so, they must have a co-signer that is a credit worthy U.S. citizen.
      • Admissions or Financial Aid Questions

Resources for Undocumented Students

The information provided above is not intended to provide legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only.