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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. Print the 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 or a transfer student. Descriptions of student classifications and the documentation required for each group are set forth below:

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 you must submit the following without exception:

  1. 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 be classified as a special student (if admissible as a special student) or, the student will not be admitted.
  2. A signed statement of intention, explaining in no more than 500 words why you wish to study law.
  3. Law School Admissions Test score (LSAT). 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 5 years of such commencement will satisfy this requirement. 
  4. Resume; and
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation.

The LSAT is usually given in February, June, October and December of each year. To obtain an application and testing information, contact the Law School Admission Council's web site at

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
P. O. Box 4091
Stockton, CA 95204
(209) 948-6589
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Credentials Evaluation Service
P. O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
(310) 258-9451 Fax: (310) 342-7086

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 prior to admission to law school and must attain passing scores of 50 or higher. For information on CLEP examination requirements, please refer to the State Bars 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, CLEPP. O. Box 6600Princeton, NJ 08541-6600 (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, in addition, the applicant 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 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 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.  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. 

Transfer students must meet all admissions requirements outlined in this catalog.  Transfer students must take and pass a minimum of 60 units in residence in order to qualify for graduation from Lincoln. 

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 as set forth below. Applicants who are law school graduates must submit an application and a non-refundable application fee of $60.00.

Applicants who are not law school graduates are required to submit the following:

  1. Application, and a non-refundable application fee of $60.00;
  2. Resume; and
  3. 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 provided with a transcript upon completion of the audited course. 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.

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 achieve a minimum score of 600. 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 at

All courses are taught in English. The Law School does not provide instruction in English language or provide 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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If you would like to contact the admissions coordinator for assistance with admissions or to request a catalog, please send an e-mail to Admissions.


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