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First-Year Applicants

Applications for first-year students are accepted for the fall semester only. Applicants must indicate on the application form whether they are applying for the full-time or part-time program.

Applicants may apply to the Full-Time (day division) Juris Doctor Program or the Part-Time (evening division) Juris Doctor Program; an applicant may not apply to both programs. Any applicant who has previously registered at another law school must have a letter of good standing submitted by that school. In the event that the applicant sat for examinations at another law school, an official transcript and class rank are also required.

Application Deadlines

Program Priority Application Deadline
Full-Time (day division) Extended to May 1, 2014
Part-Time (evening division) Extended to May 1, 2014

Because the admissions committee uses a rolling admissions process, early filing is encouraged. Maximum consideration for both admission and scholarship opportunities will be given to full-time program applications received by the priority deadline of May 1. Applications to the full-time program may still be accepted after the priority deadline through May 1; however, the admissions committee may reject applicants due to lack of available space in the entering class.

Application Requirements

  1. Application Form

    Click here to complete the application form and submit it electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The electronic application will be available in early September. You may also download the application here. All mailed admission materials should be directed to the following address:

    University of San Francisco School of Law
    Office of Admissions
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
  2. Education

    All law school applicants are required to have completed or expect to complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year university or college by the time law school classes begin in August. Accepted applicants must furnish official final transcripts indicating receipt of a baccalaureate degree, as well as completion of any work in progress when the application was filed. If admitted, an official transcript showing the conferral of the baccalaureate degree must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Office of Admissions prior to the start of the fall term.

  3. Personal Statement

    The admissions committee requires that each applicant submit a personal statement to supplement the application form. The statement is used by the committee as both a source of additional information and as a writing sample, but is not a substitute for the application.

    The statement should focus on your interest in and motivation and preparation for the study of law. The committee is interested in your personal experiences, background, and accomplishments. Factors that are helpful to the committee include co-curricular activities, areas of interest, past or present employment, and college academic honors. Personal statements tend to average 2 to 4 pages in length; however, there is no page limitation to the personal statement.

    If there are instances of academic probation or disqualification, applicants should be prepared to explain these situations in a separate addendum.

    The personal statement should be typewritten, double spaced, and included with your application. Your resume may be attached to the statement. Please write your name on the top of each page. Number and staple pages together. If applying electronically, be sure to attach your statement electronically.

  4. Two Letters of Recommendation

    The admissions committee requires two letters of recommendation in support of your application. An optional third letter may be submitted, but no more than three letters of recommendation will be considered for one application. Although the committee will accept recommendation letters from any two individuals designated by the applicant, the committee suggests:

    • If possible, have the two recommendations completed by college faculty members (or administrators) with whom you have studied. If you have been away from college for a considerable time, you may wish to substitute other individuals, including supervisors and business colleagues, with whom you have had more recent contact.
    • Choose individuals who have had substantial and recent opportunity to observe your professional and/or academic potential. Recommendations from people who have not had such opportunity are of little assistance to the committee.
    • USF requires that your letters of recommendation be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which serves all member schools. This service is included in your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription. Your recommendations will be copied by the service and sent to us along with your CAS Report.

    Your CAS Report will not be released to USF until two letters of recommendation have been received by LSAC.

    Be sure to follow all directions for submitting letters of recommendation as described on the LSAC web site. It is important that you fill out and give each person submitting a recommendation a letter of recommendation form. Forms can be obtained online at www.lsac.org.

    LSAC Evaluations: Please note that the Law School does NOT require an LSAC evaluation. You are welcome to submit one optional evaluation. The evaluation should come from a person who has NOT written a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Evaluations should be completed by college faculty members (or administrators) with whom you have studied. If you have been away from college for a considerable time, you may wish to substitute other individuals, including supervisors and business colleagues, with whom you have had more recent contact.

  5. Credential Assembly Service(CAS)

    All first-time first-year applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Service report. Information about CAS is available online at www.lsac.org.

    Transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate, should be sent directly to LSAC. LSAC analyzes your undergraduate college transcripts and forwards a report to each law school you designate, along with your letters of recommendation. LSAC will not release your CAS report to USF until two letters of recommendation have been received by LSAC. The committee may not consider an application if the CAS report indicates that transcripts are missing.

    If you are accepted for admission, you must submit directly to the USF School of Law official transcripts showing the award of the baccalaureate degree and any graduate degrees earned. The official transcript must be sent by the degree-granting institution(s). Transcripts sent to CAS do not fulfill this requirement. Your admission may be canceled if the Office of Admissions does not receive an official transcript prior to the first day of instruction.

    If you completed your baccalaureate degree outside of the United States or Canada, USF requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted to the Credential Assembly Service (see item J).

  6. Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

    Applicants must take the LSAT and have their score(s) reported to the USF School of Law in a CAS Report. LSAT scores are valid for five years. Any LSAT taken prior to June 2009 is considered invalid for application review. USF will utilize the highest LSAT in the review process if multiple LSAT scores are presented by the applicant.

    The LSAT is administered four times a year. Early scheduling is strongly recommended and you are advised to take the LSAT no later than the December 2012 test date. Applicants may take the February 2013 test; however, applicants to the Day Division may not be given maximum consideration due to the lateness of test results.

  7. $60.00 Application Fee

    A $60.00 application fee, payable to the University of San Francisco, must be submitted with your application. If you are applying electronically, you must pay the application fee online using a valid credit card.

    The application fee is not refundable. In the event that you are subsequently admitted, the fee will not be applied toward your tuition. Furthermore, if you decide to withdraw your application before a final decision is made, your application fee will not be refunded.

    The required application fee may be waived for an applicant whose financial situation makes it a severe hardship to pay. Applicants requesting a waiver of this fee must submit a brief statement to the Law School Admissions Office explaining your financial situation. Information should include your current monthly income, assets and monthly expenditures. Approval of a fee waiver must be obtained prior to submitting an Application for Admission. Fee waiver requests may be sent via email to lawadmissions@usfca.edu. Please allow five business days for fee waiver requests to be processed.

    Applicants granted an LSAC fee waiver will have their USF School of Law application fee automatically waived. Applicants who apply electronically to USF via LSAC will be allowed to transmit their application electronically as long as their LSAC fee waiver is for the current 2012-2013 application year.

  8. Diversity Statement (Optional)

    In addition to the required personal statement, applicants may submit an optional diversity statement or essay that is separate from the required personal statement. An applicant may describe any factors that illustrate how he or she may add to the diversity of the law school and enrich the educational environment for all students as well as the legal profession.

    For example, an applicant may want to address issues or experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious affiliation, ideology, or socio-economic disadvantage.

    In addition, an applicant may want to discuss atypical career aspirations, employment background, educational history, special talents or skills, or primary or secondary languages other than English.

Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not received a four-year baccalaureate degree in the United States or another country where English is the primary language are REQUIRED to take the TOEFL. This requirement also applies to recent immigrants to the U.S. who completed their undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. in a non-English speaking country or at an institution where English was not the language of instruction. The Committee will consider for admission only those applicants with TOEFL scores of 600 or above on the paper-based test or 100 or above on the TOEFL iBT exam. Information is available here. Only scores reported directly from TOEFL will be accepted.

    International students who have completed a graduate degree in the United States are NOT exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

    Only TOEFL exams taken after April 1, 2009, will be considered. Inquiries regarding the TOEFL requirement may be directed to the USF School of Law Admissions Office.

    TOEFL results should be sent to LSAC (see item 2 below).

  2. International Transcripts

    The USF School of Law requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS). If you completed any post-secondary college or university work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

    This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, which will be incorporated into your CAS report.

    Foreign law school applicants also must contact the Educational Testing Service and request their TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the  CAS is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your CAS report.

    To use the CAS, log in to your online account and follow the registration instructions. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it to them promptly. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the CAS can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or lsacinfo@lsac.org.

Disclosures/Character & Fitness

All applicants are required to complete the disclosure questions in the Character and Fitness section of the Application. USF requires applicants to disclose any issues related to academic probation, suspension, disqualification (particularly from a previous law school). In addition all applicants must disclose any felony or misdemeanor charge, arrest, conviction, or pending adjudication including a DUI (or any alcohol or drug-related offense). This includes any charge, arrest or conviction that may have been dropped or expunged. Information should include the date of each incident, full explanation of the incident, including the name of the charge, and the final disposition of each charge.

In addition, all applicants are required to notify the School of Law if any changes to the information included in their Application for Admission occur after the application has been submitted. In particular, all applicants must immediately notify the Director of Admissions if any new academic probation, suspension, disqualification issues arise, or if any new charge, arrest or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor takes place after submitting the application.

Conviction is any of the following: (1) a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, (2) a verdict or finding of guilt regardless of whether sentence is imposed by the court.  The Bar Examiners will receive reports of any such convictions from law enforcement agencies.

Newly admitted applicants are required to immediately submit a detailed written description of new disclosures to the Law School's Admissions Office if an incident occurs AFTER an offer of admission is made and to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Academic Services if an incident occurs AFTER classes begin. Information disclosed after an applicant has been offered admission will automatically result in a re-evaluation of the applicant's file.

Failure to disclose any changes to your application or any of the Character & Fitness information noted above, may result in revocation of your admission decision, dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded by USF School of Law, denial of admission to the Bar, and referral to the LSAC Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process.

Application Materials

All materials and correspondence relating to admission or your Law School application should be directed to the School of Law Office of Admissions. Once submitted, all materials become the property of the School of Law and will not be returned or copied. Please keep a copy of your application and any supporting documents for your records. 

Status Checks 

Upon receipt of your application, the Law School Admissions Office will provide a login and password that will allow you to check the status of your application on-line. You will be notified by email once your application is received by USF and also when your application file becomes complete. All official decision notices will be sent via email.