How to Apply

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1. Fill Out an Application and Complete the FAFSA

To complete our online application, click here. Additionally, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you want to be considered for scholarships and other financial aid.

2. Take the LSAT

All applicants must complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), an examination designed to assess law school candidates’ potential for success in legal study. This isn’t the only part of an application we consider, but it’s required. Prospective students who have not yet taken the LSAT are still encouraged to apply, but must indicate their registered test date on their application. Click here for more information about the LSAT.

If you are applying as an international student, click here to see where the test is offered in your area.

Please release your LSAT Score Report to Trinity International University, school code 4268.

2a. Take the TOEFL (international applicants only)

International students typically must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (known as the TOEFL exam) if the first language of their country of origin is not English. To be competitive, an applicant must obtain a score of 580 or better on the TOEFL exam. You can find out more about this exam by visiting their website, calling 1-800-257-9547, or write to them: TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151.

3. Send Us Your Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. You’ll need to either (a) contact them and ask them to send official transcripts directly to Trinity Law School Admissions, 2200 North Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705, or (b) provide them through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. All transcripts must be sealed and bear the critical certification of the issuing school.

4. Personal Statement

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement with their application. This statement shouldn’t exceed three double-spaced typed pages and should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to study law, and why at Trinity Law School specifically?
  • What are your future personal and professional goals?
  • If applicable: Some students have previous academic challenges in their formal academic transcripts that do not reflect their current situation or abilities. If you feel that your current abilities are not reflected in your formal academic record, please let us know why, and we will take that into account.

5. Recommendations

Two recommendations are required in support of your application. These might be from professors, instructors, or professional associates who can comment on your character and your potential for success in legal study. Candidates who cannot obtain a recommendation because they have fallen out of touch with professors may submit recommendations from employers or professional associates. These may be mailed directly to Trinity Law School Admissions or e-mailed to your Admissions Counselor by the recommenders, or provided through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.

6. Interview

We know you’re more than a paper application, so most applicants will be required to interview with the Admissions Office prior to an admission decision. Phone interviews are available for applicants who do not live in Southern California. Your admissions counselor will contact you to schedule this interview.

7. Acceptance and Notification

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee upon completion. As soon as the decision is made, you will be promptly notified by the Admissions Office. If you are accepted, you will also be advised of all future dates and requirements for matriculation.

Transfer and International Students

There are a few additional steps for transfer, non-degreed, and international students. Please see Transfer to Trinity or Requirements for more information.