Lsat Personal Statement Prompt For Uc

How to Apply

If you seek a high quality legal education in a collaborative, dynamic community committed to excellence, service, and individuality, we encourage you to apply to UC Davis School of Law. The Admissions Committee is seeking law students of demonstrated academic ability, as evidenced by many factors including LSAT scores, the undergraduate grade point average (GPA), any economic or other disadvantages overcome by the applicant, graduate studies and extracurricular activities. The School of Law also has a commitment to diversity and an important goal of the admission process is a student body with diverse backgrounds, interests and skills.

We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2018 J.D. admission on September 1, 2017, through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) online application site and there is no fee to apply. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. UC Davis School of Law offers a three-year, full-time program only. There is no part-time, evening, or summer program.

Applicants for admission to the professional curriculum of the School of Law, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor, must evidence a record of sufficiently high caliber to qualify for the study of law. A bachelor's degree, or an equivalent degree from a college or university of approved standing, must have been earned prior to the time the applicant begins work in the school.

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Application Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements to receive consideration for admission to the first-year class. All completed applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Students who have been disqualified at another law school will not be admitted to UC Davis. Any fraudulent practices relating to the admission process will be considered grounds for disqualification by the Admissions Committee.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Take the LSAT no later than February 2018 and no earlier than June 2012
  • Create an online account at and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
  • Submit the following application materials using the LSAC application site:
    • Completed Application
    • Personal Statement of two to four pages (double-spaced, 12-point font)
      • The Statement may discuss any of a variety of factors, including academic promise, background information and any discrepancies in GPA and/or LSAT score; growth, maturity and commitment to law study as evidenced, for example, by extracurricular activities, community service, employment experience and advanced study; severe economic disadvantage or physical disability; other factors relating to diversity, including bilingual skills and unusual accomplishments, skills or abilities relevant to the legal profession
    • Letters of Recommendation (minimum of two, no more than three) from individuals who know the applicant well and are not related to him/her. All letters must be submitted through LSAC, and evaluations are not considered.
    • Official Transcript(s) from all institutions attended. Applicants earning grades after initial application should submit supplementary transcripts as soon as they are available.
    • Résumé (one to two pages preferred)

Supplemental Materials Optional for All Applicants

NOTE: All optional supplemental material (see below)  combined with the personal statement should NOT exceed four pages. Supplemental addenda should follow your personal statement and be appropriately labeled within the personal statement document you plan to upload with your application. Supplemental materials submitted after the four-page limit has been reached may not be added.

  • Diversity Statement describing background or an experience that enables an applicant to bring a unique perspective to the study of law or contribute to serving diverse populations
  • Addenda (for example, LSAT, GPA, leave of absence from school, etc.) providing additional context and describing special circumstances necessary to evaluate the application fairly

Additional Requirements for International Students

Applicants who have completed the bachelor's degree outside the US (including its territories) or Canada must submit transcripts to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed and submitted to the law school as part of the CAS report. A TOEFL score is required of all applicants educated outside the US and for whom English was not the primary language of instruction. Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for CAS is 8395. Your score will be included with the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your law school report. Minimum requirements for the TOEFL score are 600 on the paper version of the exam, 250 on the computerized version, and 100 on the Internet Based Test.


Applicants who reapply for admission must comply with all of the above procedures. The LSAT does not need to be repeated (provided it is from a LSAT taken within the past five years), but a current CAS report must be provided in addition to the application. Although not required, we encourage reapplicants to submit an updated résumé and personal statement.

Combined Degree Programs

Combined Degree Programs are available with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and most of the master's degree programs offered through the UC Davis Department of Graduate Studies. Separate applications should be submitted to each department because the evaluation and decision processes are performed independently. If admitted to both programs, the applicant must enroll at the School of Law for the first year. Contact the Graduate School or department for their requirements.

California Residency

The law school admission process does not take residency into consideration although tuition is based on residency. Detailed information about residency is provided at the UC Davis Office of the Registrar's web site. Specific questions about residency should be directed to the UC Davis Residency Deputy.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Application Instructions

JD General Information

  • Application Fee: $0; Fee waiver not necessary.
  • Application Opens: September 1, 2018
  • Application Closes:Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
    • You may submit your JD application prior to the receipt of your LSAT score; however, we will be unable to forward your application to our Admissions Committee until your LSAC CAS Report is received.
  • Complete and submit your JD application using our secure online LSAC Electronic Application.
  • Transfer and Visiting Student Applicants: Please see separate application instructions for Transfer and Visiting students.

JD Application Requirements

All JD applicants should follow the below procedures:

    • Receive a bachelor's degree prior to the beginning of the Law School semester from an accredited institution of higher education. (The accredited institution must be listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.)
    • For Fall 2019 admission complete the following:
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
    • Valid scores are not more than five (5) years old.
    • The highest score will be reviewed.
    • June 2019 Exam Also Accepted

Register with Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

The following must be submitted by the published application deadline date.

    • Completed LSAC Electronic Application Form.
      • Personal Statement (500 word limit). Please ensure the correct statement is submitted, as updates or revisions are not accepted.
      • “Why UCI Law?” Statement (500 word limit). Please ensure the correct statement is submitted, as updates or revisions are not accepted.
      • Current Resume. 
      • Optional Statements (Diversity, LSAT and/or GPA Addendum, etc.; You may write about multiple topics; however, the total word limit for all topics must not exceed 750).

The following can be submitted after the published application deadline date only if the electronic application noted above has been submitted by the deadline. 

    • Official Transcripts.
      • All transcripts from post-secondary institutions should be submitted directly to LSAC.
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (no more than four [4] will be accepted).
      • Must be on file with LSAC & be assigned to UC Irvine School of Law.
      • Letters of Recommendation from academic references are preferred; however, letters from professional references are acceptable.
      • Evaluations are accepted (maximum four [4]).
        • Documents above can be submitted after deadline only if electronic application has been submitted on time before March 1, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. PST deadline. 

If you have questions about UCI Law's admissions process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact us by phone at (949) 824-4545 or by email at

Miscellaneous Information

  • JD Notifications
    • Our office will notify all applicants by e-mail when:
      • the application has been received;
      • and the LSAC CAS report has been received.
    • The Admissions Coordinator will e-mail applicants for any missing components. Otherwise, the application will be marked complete and forwarded to our Committee for review.
    • Please update our office of any changes to the email and/or mailing address. 
  • JD Decisions
    • For Fall 2019 admission, the majority of applicants will receive notification by the end of April 2019.
    • Decisions will be sent out by e-mail and/or hard mail within approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
    • UCI Law's Non-Discrimination Policy
  • Foreign-Educated Applicants
    • No English proficiency test requirements.
    • Transcripts must be submitted through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

More information about the California Bar and California Bar Registration is available on our California Bar pages.

Page last updated: March 5, 2018

Dates & Deadlines

June 11, 2018

September 1, 2018

  • Applications available for Fall 2019 JD admission
  • First day to submit application for Fall 2019 JD admission at

March 1, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. (PST)

  • Last day to submit application for Fall 2018 JD admission at

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