General Admission Requirements
All applicants must submit a completed application form plus a non-refundable application fee of $60 for in-state applicants and $125 for out of state applicants. On-line: application for admission form.
Applicants are encouraged to meet with the coordinator of admissions as soon as practical prior to their entrance date in order to begin, and promptly complete, the admission process. Lincoln Law School of San Jose has a “rolling” admission policy that permits students to enroll in either January, May or August. The school permits enrollment as long as the student’s records for admission are complete and satisfactory and the student can attend all classes.
Documents that must be submitted vary depending on whether the applicant seeks admission as a Regular student, a Special student, Transfer student or Visiting student. Descriptions of student classifications and the documentation required for each group are set forth below:
Applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from a qualified institution, 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 you must submit the following:
- A completed application plus a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $60.00. Any additional fees for translation/evaluation of transcripts, Law School Admission Council (LSAC) fees, or other costs must be paid by the applicant.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools or a (CAS) Credential Assembly Service report that contains copies of transcripts from all colleges attended 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 be classified as a Special student.
- A signed statement of intention, explaining in no more than 500 words why you wish to study law.
- Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score. Regular students seeking admission are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores should be received by the school prior to the commencement of classes for which the student seeks admission. Commencing the study of law is defined as beginning any course at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Scores received within five (5) years of such commencement will satisfy this requirement.
- Resume; and
- Two current Letters of Recommendation.
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT):
The LSAT is usually given in February, June, September and December each year. Regular and Transfer students generally must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) prior to admission. Special students must take the test prior to admission. Scores are generally accepted for a period of five (5) years from the date of administration of the test. To obtain an application, information about the test, and information regarding the location of testing centers, please contact the Law School or contact the Law School Admission Council directly on-line at: www.LSAC.org or phone: (215) 968-1001. The mailing address for LSAC is: 662 Penn Street, Newton, PA 18940-0998.
Applicants who have attended a college in a foreign country must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service. The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners has compiled a list of credential evaluation services which may be found on their website: http://www.calbar.ca.gov. An official credential evaluation report must be received, reviewed, and found to be acceptable by the Law School before the student may be admitted.
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 specified College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations prior to admission to law school and must attain passing scores of 50 or higher. For information on CLEP examination requirements, refer to the State Bar’s website:
For registration materials and information about the location of testing centers and testing dates, please contact the Admissions Office or the College Board directly on-line: http://www.collegeboard.com Address: College Board, CLEP P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6600. Phone: (800) 257-9558.
Special Student applicants must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prior to admission. The score achieved on this test will be used to evaluate both the applicant’s admissibility and whether they may benefit by required or optional support and monitoring. A score at or above the 50th percentile must be achieved.
Special student applicants must provide the same documentation required from applicants applying as a Regular Student. All Students who are 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 possible for persons who were 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 personal declaration, and 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 at Lincoln.
Lincoln 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 either taken and passed or earned an exemption from the First Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX). Normally, only law course work completed within thirty six (36) calendar months prior to the date the applicant will begin his or her studies at Lincoln will be transferable. Some scheduling adjustment may be needed for transfer students to ensure that they receive the necessary instruction in subjects covered on the General Bar Examination and the corresponding unit credit required for graduation. Grades are not transferable and will have no effect on a student’s grade point average at Lincoln. Transfer students must meet all admissions requirements outlined in the School Catalog. Transfer students must take and pass a minimum of 56 units in residence in order to qualify for graduation from Lincoln.
Attendance as a Visiting Student
At the discretion of the Dean, a student who attends another law school may be permitted to 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 law school where the student regularly attends.
Attendance as an Auditor
The Law School permits law school graduates as well as non-law students to audit courses as set forth below.
Auditor applicants who are graduates of the Law School are required to submit the following:
- Non-refundable application fee of $60.00
- Tuition equal to one-half the current tuition charged to students for the class/classes audited.
Auditor applicants who are not graduates of the Law School are required to submit the following:
- Cover letter, including a discussion of the purpose for auditing and any qualifications or experience relevant to the course(s) the applicant would like to audit.
- Non-refundable application fee of $60.00
- Tuition equal to that charged to current students for the class/classes audited.
Auditors do not receive credit for the audited course even in the event that the auditor is later admitted to the Law School as a law student. Auditors are not required to take course examinations. The number of auditors admitted to any given course may be limited depending on the number of law students also enrolled in the course. Attendance as an auditor under any circumstance is subject to the subjective good faith discretion of the Dean. The Law School reserves the right to deny auditor status to anyone.
English as a Second Language Applicants
Applicants for whom English is a second language should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score in the range of “intermediate” or “fair” in each category in order to ensure sufficient fluency in English for the study of law.
Applicants who did not complete undergraduate or graduate pre-law studies in English are normally required to take the TOEFL. Application to take the TOEFL examination should be made to: TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, (609) 771-7100, or on-line at http://www.toefl.org
All Law School courses are taught in English. The Law School does not provide instruction or translation English language services.
Policy of Non-Discrimination
The law school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), disability (mental and physical), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or military and veteran status.
Lincoln Law School of San Jose maintains a commitment to an educational and a work environment that embraces diverse students, faculty, staff and visitors on the basis of, for example, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. Our students and employees pursue their responsibilities, duties, and goals in a supportive environment. A diversity of views, cultures, and experiences support our academic mission. The Law School is dedicated to diversifying the profession by fostering active and successful members of the legal profession through student admissions, faculty, and staff hiring, while implementing and maintaining fair academic rules and standards.
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