JD Admissions

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is excited to announce that the Law School is now admitting new students for its JD degree as a California Law School, accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, for the Fall 2020 term, with an optional Early Start in Summer (June) 2020.  (Information about the Law School’s ABA status can be found here: Law School Statement in Response to ABA Decision.)

For fifty years, the Law School has trained outstanding lawyers and offered opportunities to deserving students from all walks of life, and remains committed to that tradition. Graduates of the Law School will be academically qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination, and can become eligible to practice in a number of other states after meeting criteria set out by the admitting authority in those states.  We are looking for students who, through their personal, intellectual or professional background and experience, will contribute to the rich and diverse tapestry of our law school community. Each applicant is a unique individual, and each application to Thomas Jefferson School of Law is considered individually. Every application receives full, careful, and personalized consideration. 

Eligibility: To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution by their first day of classes at the Law School.  Applicants must submit an LSAT score. 

Apply for Free: There is no application fee. Apply now through the LSAC.  

Apply Now: Applications must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Only complete applications will be reviewed. 

Online Status Checker: You may check the status of your application by visiting the LSAC Online Status Checker.  Unique usernames and passwords are automatically emailed to each applicant after they submit an application. 

Accept Admission and Pay Seat Deposit: Once accepted, you must pay a $200 non-refundable seat deposit to secure your seat in the class. The deposit will be credited to your student account and deducted from your tuition. You can submit your deposit here.  You can also submit your deposit through the New Student Portal, which will require a username and password.  Please refer to your acceptance packet for these credentials.

Program Details: The Law School offers traditional Fall and Spring enrollment.  Students that choose to enroll in the Fall have the option to begin law school in the summer through our Early Start Program.

*Early Start classes will be held in late-afternoon and evening sessions (between 4:00pm and 10:00pm). It is anticipated full-time students will take all three courses and part-time students will take the first two courses.  

Questions

Contact TJSL Admissions

Office: 619.961.4300
Email: admissions@tjsl.edu

Contact an LSAC Representative

Office: 215.968.1001
Website: http://www.lsac.org
Additional Assistance: https://www.lsac.org/contact

Application Process Snapshot

Students seeking admission to Thomas Jefferson School of Law must complete the following steps:

  1. Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
  2. Apply online through LSAC
  3. Provide the following to support your application 
    • Personal statement
    • Résumé
    • One Letter of Recommendation (Maximum 3)
    • Transcripts (from all other universities and colleges attended)
    • Any required addenda or additional statements in support of your application
  4. Interviews
    • The Law School requires some applicants to complete interviews.Applicants required to interview must complete their interview with an Admissions Officer so the results of the interview can be considered along with the rest of their application documents.  Applicants not required to interview may still request to meet with an Admissions Officer to discuss the merits of their application.  
  5. Deadlines
    • Early Start (June): May 11
    • Fall Enrollment (August): July 15
    • Spring Enrollment (January): December 15
  6. Seat Deposit 
    • If admitted, you will be required to pay a $200 non-refundable seat deposit. The deposit will be credited to your account and deducted from your tuition.

Decision Process

  1. Once your application is submitted through LSAC, it will be sent electronically to our office.
  2. Applicants will receive email notifications from the Admissions Office once their application is received and again when their file is complete and ready for review.
  3. Only files that are complete and contain all of the required documents listed above will be reviewed for admission.
  4. Files are reviewed on a rolling basis. 
  5. All formal decision letters will be mailed to the current address on file.  Please keep your address up to date. With the exception of the formal decision letters, email communication is the primary method of communication – please keep your email address up to date.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST AND PROCESS 

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by their first day of classes at the Law School.  Applicants must submit an LSAT score. 

Create a CAS Report File

Register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  The CAS report will contain your LSAT score(s) (no more than 5 years old), LSAT Writing Sample, letters of recommendation, and all required transcripts.

Register for LSAT

Register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admissions Council. You can register directly with LSAC by accessing their website. Please note that LSAC will only release your application to the Admissions Office once your LSAT score has posted to your account. If taken multiple times, we will accept your highest score.

LSAT Writing Sample– Your LSAT Writing Sample must be included with your application to be considered complete.  Applications sent by LSAC to the Law School without the Writing Sample will remain on file as incomplete until received. 

Personal Statement

Please upload your personal statement through your LSAC account. We ask that you prepare a double-spaced, two-to-three-page personal statement. We are looking for information about you that distinguishes you from other applicants. Tell us about your life experiences, accomplishments, aspirations and what you can bring to the law school community. We also encourage you to write your personal statement in a narrative style so that more of your personality and who you are will come through in your writing. You should envision the personal statement as your opportunity to have a conversation with the Admissions Committee, highlighting what you think is important.  

Letters of Recommendation

Please have your recommenders submit their letters directly to LSAC. Although we accept up to three letters of recommendation, the recommendation requirement will be considered complete when one letter has been received.  Letters can be from college professors who can attest to your ability to perform in a challenging academic setting. If you have been out of school for some time, letters from an employer are also appropriate. 

Transcripts

Transcripts from all of the colleges or universities you have attended must be submitted to LSAC. LSAC will process and evaluate each transcript and will forward a report to us.  

International Applicants: If your education was received from a school outside of the United States, you must have your transcript(s) evaluated and translated to determine whether you possess the equivalent of a U.S. undergraduate degree. A detailed report from the evaluation will be sent to us from LSAC. Applicants who have earned their degree from a non-English speaking country also must provide their TOEFL or IELTS exam results. Our school code is 4973.

Addenda

Please upload your addenda through your LSAC account.

Previous Law School Attendance: Students who have previously attended law school must provide detailed information regarding their attendance at the law school and their reason for leaving. They must also provide a copy of their law school transcript and letter of attendance /standing.  

Additional Statements

Additional statements should be no more than one page in length – be specific and brief. You are welcome to address anything in your application that might require further explanation. Examples include a gap in schooling or employment, undergraduate GPA anomaly or multiple LSAT scores.

Interviews

The Law School is proud to include an interviewing program as a component of our application process for select applicants.  Applicants who are required to interview will have the option to interview in person (on campus), or via Skype.  Interviewing will supplement the Law School’s holistic approach to evaluating each application and allows the Admissions Committee to build a talented and diverse entering class.  Interviews are conducted by members of faculty and Admissions Office and allow the Admissions Committee to assess an applicant’s perseverance, maturity, skills, and aptitude beyond the LSAT and undergraduate grade point average.  

Applicants who are not required to interview may request a meeting with the Admissions Office to learn more about the school, discuss the merits of their application and have their questions answered.  Meetings can be requested online, or by contacting Admissions by phone at 619.961.4300, or by email at admissions@tjsl.edu

Required interviews are typically scheduled during the last of week of every month.  Requested meetings can be scheduled for any time.

Character and Fitness

Thomas Jefferson School of Law admissions policies and practices are consistent with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. To be eligible for practice in California, in addition to successfully passing the California Bar examination, all students must establish their character and fitness.  The application includes a series of character and fitness questions. Students who provide an affirmative response to any character and fitness question must submit an explanatory addendum with their application. These may include juvenile offenses.Failure to disclose an act or event can lead to more serious consequences than the act or event itself. Failure to provide truthful answers, or failure to inform the Office of Admissions of any changes to your answers in advance of matriculation or during school enrollment, may result in revocation of admission or disciplinary action by the Law School, or denial of permission to practice law in California. We encourage each applicant to consult with the California State Bar for additional bar admissions information regarding its Moral Character requirements.  

Post Application Process

Once your application is complete, it is forwarded to the Admissions Committee for a decision. An application may be accepted, denied, or waitlisted. The majority of the communication and information we send will be via email, although official decision notices (including interview notices) will be sent by postal mail.

If admitted, you will be required to submit a $200 seat deposit, and send to Thomas Jefferson School of Law an official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing the granting of your undergraduate degree.