Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the requirements for admission?

A. Applicants must hold or expect to receive a bachelor's degree from a college or university of approved standing prior to enrollment to the University of San Diego School of Law. Applicants must also take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Information on the LSAT and CAS can be found at www.LSAC.org or by calling (215) 968-1001.

Q. If I take the LSAT more than once, how does USD view my multiple scores?

A. Effective September 1st, 2006, the highest LSAT score will generally be used to evaluate applications for admission and scholarship consideration.

Q. How long is my LSAT score good for?

A. USD considers an LSAT score valid for five years.

Q. What is rolling admissions? Is there a deadline?

A. USD uses a "rolling admissions" process. The Admissions Committee reads completed files and makes decisions on a continual basis. We begin accepting applications on September 1. Applications received before February 1 will be given priority consideration.

Q. Do you have spring admission?

A. No. We admit first year students once a year for the fall semester only.

Q. How do I obtain an application fee waiver?

A. A fee-waiver request must be submitted in writing via email at jdinfo@sandiego.edu. Your request should include a copy of your financial aid award letter (if you are still in school) or a copy of your most recent federal income tax return. If your request is granted you will receive an email with a code allowing you to apply online. Should you have additional questions please feel free to call us at (619) 260-4528 or by email.

Q. What criteria do you consider in making admissions decisions?

A. The Admissions Committee considers a number of important factors including the LSAT score, undergraduate grade point average (G.P.A.), difficulty of undergraduate major, course of study, progression in grades, personal statement, community involvement, work experience and extracurricular activities.

Q. Does USD encourage minority and other non-traditional applicants?

A. The University of San Diego School of Law seeks to enroll a highly qualified and diverse student body to ensure academic excellence and enrichment of the legal education as well as legal profession through the participation of students with different perspectives and backgrounds. While LSAT and undergraduate GPA are important elements, other factors are significant in the admissions decision process.

Q. Do you grant personal interviews?

A. Due to the large number of applications, it is not possible to grant personal interviews. You should highlight pertinent information about your experiences in your personal statement.

Q. Does USD require letters of recommendation?

A. Letters of recommendation are not required. However, applicants who wish to have them included in their admissions file should send them to CAS who will forward up to two letters to USD.

Q. Does USD School of Law offer a part-time program? What is the schedule?

A. USD offers a four year part-time evening program. Classes are generally held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Q. Can I apply to both the full-time and part-time program?

A. You must initially apply to the full-time or part-time program. However, you have the option of stating that you are willing take the part-time program if not admitted to the full-time program. Decisions are subject to space availability and academic considerations.

Q. Once I submit my application, when will a decision be made?

A. The first admitted applicants are usually notified in the early part of December. However, since decisions are made continuously, applicants may receive a decision letter any time throughout the spring, or even as late as June or July.

Q. Can I choose my first-year schedule?

A. No, first year schedules are predetermined. First year full time students are divided into four sections. Students are assigned to a section the week before classes start. Full time classes are held between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Usually students have two classes each day Monday through Thursday and one class on Friday. The times will vary based on the section.

Q. Do you offer any dual degree programs?

A. USD offers dual degree programs for JD/MBA (Master of Business Administration), JD/IMBA (International Master of Business Administration) and JD/MA (Master of Arts in International Relations). The master's degree programs require a separate entrance exam and a separate graduate admissions application. Many students decide to apply for these programs in their second year of law school.

Q. What if I need help in my first year?

A. The University has an excellent academic success program. In addition, students may request the assistance of the university counseling department or health services.

Q. How do I re-apply to USD School of Law?

A. Applicants who have applied for admission and either were not admitted or were unable to accept admission at the time may reactivate their applications the following year. To reactivate an admission file, applicants need to follow all the steps of a normal first-time applicant.

Q. Is the TOEFL examination required for international graduates?

A. All international graduates seeking admission to the Juris Doctor Program are required to have the Educational Testing Services submit an official TOEFL score report directly to the Juris Doctor Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  Information about the service can be obtained at www.lsac.org.  For admission to the J.D. program, the minimum required TOEFL score is 600 points on the paper-based test, 100 points on the internet-based test, or 250 points on the computer-based test.

In some cases there is the possibility of waiving the TOEFL requirement.  If you are from a country in which an official language is English, if you studied law at an institution that teaches only in English, or if you have additional extenuating circumstances, you may submit a written request for waiver of the TOEFL requirement to jdinfo@sandiego.edu.  In such a request, please explain the reason(s) for your request.

Contact:

JD Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4528
Fax: (619) 260-2218

Hours

M-Th: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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