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Visiting Applicants

A student enrolled in another law school accredited by the American Bar Association who wishes to take up to one year of courses at the USF School of Law may apply for admission as a visiting or non-matriculating student.

Visiting applicants are accepted for the fall and spring terms.

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadline
Spring 2015 November 3, 2014
Fall 2015/ Full-Year June 26, 2015

Application Requirements

Applicants for admission as a non-matriculating visiting student must submit all of the standard admission requirements, as well as:

  • An official transcript of all law school course work (including the last term enrolled prior to visit)
  • A permission letter from the dean of the law school you are currently attending which certifies that you are in good standing and that credit earned while attending the USF School of Law will be accepted toward your degree requirements. Any other restrictions and requirements of the degree-granting institution also must be contained in the letter.
  1. Application Form

    Click here to complete the application form and submit it electronically through LSAC, or 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 a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year university. An official transcript of all law school course work (including the last term enrolled) is also required of all visiting students.

  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. $60.00 Application Fee

    $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 towards your tuition. Furthermore, if you decide to withdraw your application before a final decision is made, your application fee will not be refunded.Fee waivers are not available to transfer or visiting student applicants. 

    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, 2010, 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  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 JD 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 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 which 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 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.

Newly admitted applicants are required to immediately submit a detailed written description of any updated disclosures to the 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.

The Bar Examiners will receive reports of any such convictions from law enforcement agencies. Failure to disclose this information in your application may result in revocation of your admission decision, dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded by USF School of Law and 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.