How to Apply
If you seek a high quality legal education in a collaborative, dynamic community committed to excellence, service, and individuality, we encourage you to apply to UC Davis School of Law. The Admissions Committee is seeking law students of demonstrated academic ability, as evidenced by many factors including LSAT and GRE scores, the undergraduate grade point average (GPA), any economic or other disadvantages overcome by the applicant, graduate studies and extracurricular activities. The School of Law also has a commitment to diversity and an important goal of the admission process is a student body with diverse backgrounds, interests and skills.
We begin accepting applications for Fall J.D. admission on September 1, through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) online application site and there is no fee to apply. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. UC Davis School of Law offers a three-year, full-time program only. There is no part-time, evening, or summer program.
Applicants for admission to the professional curriculum of the School of Law, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor, must evidence a record of sufficiently high caliber to qualify for the study of law. A bachelor's degree, or an equivalent degree from a college or university of approved standing, must have been earned prior to the time the applicant begins work in the school. Pursuant to ABA Standard 509 (d) governing law school admissions, all matriculating students must supply an official transcript denoting conferral and date of conferral of a bachelor's degree by October 15. Failure to submit an official transcript may result in disenrollment. Disenrolled students may still be responsible for any tuition and fees incurred to date.
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All applicants must meet the following requirements to receive consideration for admission to the first-year class. All completed applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Students who have been disqualified at another law school will not be admitted to UC Davis. Any fraudulent practices relating to the admission process will be considered grounds for disqualification by the Admissions Committee.
Requirements for All Applicants
- Take the LSAT or the GRE. Scores older than five years before date of application are invalid. Please see the FAQs for additional information about the latest acceptable test date for the current admission cycle. The law school's ETS code for submitting GRE scores is 4185. For more information about how the GRE is used in our evaluation process, please see the FAQs.
- Create an online account at LSAC.org and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). All applicants must apply using the CAS system, regardless of whether you intend to apply with a GRE and/or LSAT score.
- Submit the following application materials using the LSAC application site:
- Completed Application
- Personal Statement of two to four pages (double-spaced, 12-point font)
- The Statement may discuss any of a variety of factors, including academic promise, background information and any discrepancies in GPA and/or LSAT score and/or GRE score; growth, maturity and commitment to law study as evidenced, for example, by extracurricular activities, community service, employment experience and advanced study; severe economic disadvantage or physical disability; other factors relating to diversity, including bilingual skills and unusual accomplishments, skills or abilities relevant to the legal profession
- Letters of Recommendation (minimum of two, no more than three) from individuals who know the applicant well and are not related to him/her. All letters must be submitted through LSAC, and evaluations are not considered.
- Official Transcript(s) from all institutions attended. Applicants earning grades after initial application should submit supplementary transcripts as soon as they are available. For purposes of making an admission decision, UC Davis considers the CAS-calculated undergraduate GPA to be the GPA of record (which may be different than the cumulative degree GPA calculated by your undergraduate institution) and uses this GPA in all of its published statistics. For more information on how CAS calculates UGPA, please visit the LSAC website Transcript Summarization.
- Résumé (one to two pages preferred)
Supplemental Materials Optional for All Applicants
NOTE: All optional supplemental material (see below) combined with the personal statement should NOT exceed four pages. Supplemental addenda should follow your personal statement and be appropriately labeled within the personal statement document you plan to upload with your application. Supplemental materials submitted after the four-page limit has been reached may not be added.
- Diversity Statement describing background or an experience that enables an applicant to bring a unique perspective to the study of law or contribute to serving diverse populations
- Addenda (for example, LSAT, GRE, GPA, leave of absence from school, etc.) providing additional context and describing special circumstances necessary to evaluate the application fairly
Additional Requirements for International Students
Applicants who have completed the bachelor's degree outside the US (including its territories) or Canada must submit transcripts to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed and submitted to the law school as part of the CAS report. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and it is required of all applicants educated outside the US and for whom English was not the primary language of instruction for their degree program (undergraduate or graduate degree program), regardless of whether the institution is located outside the U.S. Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for CAS is 8395. Your score will be included with the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your law school report. Minimum requirements for the TOEFL score are 600 on the paper version of the exam, 250 on the computerized version, and 100 on the Internet Based Test. At this time, we do not accept IELTS in lieu of TOEFL.
Applicants who reapply for admission must comply with all of the above procedures. The LSAT or GRE does not need to be repeated (provided it is from a LSAT or GRE taken within the past five years), but a current CAS report must be provided in addition to the application. Although not required, we encourage reapplicants to submit an updated résumé and personal statement.
Combined Degree Programs
Combined Degree Programs are available with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and most of the master's degree programs offered through the UC Davis Department of Graduate Studies. Separate applications should be submitted to each department because the evaluation and decision processes are performed independently. If admitted to both programs, the applicant must enroll at the School of Law for the first year. Contact the Graduate School or department for their requirements.
The law school admission process does not take residency into consideration although tuition is based on residency. Detailed information about residency is provided at the UC Davis Office of the Registrar's web site. Specific questions about residency should be directed to the UC Davis Residency Deputy.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.