downtown San Jose California

General Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit a completed Admission Application Form and a non-refundable application fee:

Admission Application

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the coordinator of admissions as soon as possible. Our “rolling” admission policy permits students to enroll in January, May or August, and permits enrollment as long as the student meets all application and admission requirements.

Prospective students may apply for admission as a Regular Student, a Special Student or a Transfer Student. Below are descriptions and required documentation for each category:

Regular Student

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate in Arts or Science degree, or have completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units of college work may apply as a Regular Student. Specialized (occupational) associate degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and other vocationally oriented associate degrees will not satisfy this requirement.

Prior to admission all applicants must submit the following:

  • An official transcript from each undergraduate and/or graduate school (or a LSDAS report) which must be received by the law school within 45 days of the first day of class. Pursuant to the rules and regulations of the California Committee of Bar Examiners, an applicant who fails to provide this information within the specified time requirements must either be classified as a Special Student (if admissible as a Special Student) or may not be admitted.
  • A signed statement of intention, explaining in no more than 500 words why you wish to study law.
  • Law School Admissions Test score (LSAT). LSAT scores must be received by the school prior to the commencement of classes for which the student seeks admission. Scores received up to 5 years in advance of class commencement will satisfy this requirement.
  • Resumé
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.

Applicants who have attended a college in a foreign country must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluation services in addition to providing the law school with their official transcripts:

The Foreign Educational Document Service: (209) 948-6589

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.:

Credentials Evaluation Service:


Admission as a Special Student

Students who have not qualified as a Regular Student may apply for admission as a Special Student. Applicants seeking admission as a Special Student must take and pass three College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations with a minimum score of 50 prior to admission. For information on CLEP examination requirements, please refer to the State Bar website at

For registration materials and information about the location of testing centers and testing dates, please contact the Admissions Office or the College Board directly:

College Board, CLEP: (800) 257-9558,

Special Student applicants must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prior to admission.  A score at or above the 50th percentile must be achieved and the applicant must provide the same documentation required from applicants applying as a Regular Student.

All those accepted as Special Students must take and pass the First Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX) given by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California before advancing to the second year of Law School.

Admission as a Transfer Student

Students wishing to transfer to Lincoln must provide official transcripts from all law schools attended showing completion of all prior law studies.

Under exceptional circumstances, admission may be granted to persons previously disqualified from law study if it can be shown that the prior disqualification was a result of factors other than lack of capacity to successfully study law.   Ordinarily, this may be shown by letters from the Dean or faculty members of the Law School previously attended.  In all such transfers, a personal interview must be arranged with the Dean of Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Lincoln Law School of San Jose reserves the right to determine the number of transfer credits to be accepted.  This determination will be made by the Dean on an individual basis and will depend, in part, on an evaluation of course content and grades received in various courses and on a determination as to whether the student has earned an exemption from the First Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX).  Normally, only law course work completed within twenty-seven (27) calendar months prior to the date the applicant will begin his or her studies at Lincoln will be transferable.  Grades are not transferable.

Transfer students must meet all admissions requirements outlined in the Course Catalog.  Transfer students must take and pass a minimum of 60 units in residence in order to qualify for graduation from Lincoln Law School of San Jose

Admission as a Visiting Student

At the discretion of the Dean, a student who attends another Law School may attend Lincoln Law School of San Jose as a Visiting Student. The effect of any grade received at Lincoln Law School of San Jose is dependent upon the policy of the school where the student regularly attends.

Admission as an Auditor

The School permits law school graduates as well as non-law students to audit courses:

  • Applicants who are law school graduates must submit an application and a non-refundable fee of $60.00.
  • Applicants who are not law school graduates must submit an application and a non-refundable fee of $60.00;
  • Resume
  • Cover letter, including a discussion of the purpose for auditing and any qualifications or experience relevant to the course(s) being audited.

Auditors do not receive grades or credit and are not required to take course examinations.

English as a Second Language Applicants

Applicants for whom English is a second language are encouraged to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a minimum score of 600. Application to take the TOEFL examination should be made to: TOEFL Services, (609) 771-7100,

All courses at Lincoln Law School of San Jose are taught in English. The Law School does not provide instruction in English language or English translation services.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

The law school does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious or political affiliation in the development, implementation, administration, or enforcement of its policies and procedures or, in any other matter.

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For assistance with admissions or to request a catalog, please contact the Admissions Coordinator