How to Apply
1. Fill Out an Application and Complete the FAFSA
To complete our online application, click here. In addition to the application, applicants are advised to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our school code is E00961.
2. Take the LSAT
All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), an examination designed to assess law school candidates’ potential for success in legal study, unless you have passed the California First Year Law Students’ Exam (also known as the FYLSX or “Baby Bar”) or if you are applying for the Flex Track program. If you haven’t taken the LSAT yet, we still encourage you to apply. Just indicate your registered test date on your application. Click here for more information about the LSAT. Please release your LSAT Score Report to Trinity International University, school code 4268.
If you are applying as an international student, click here to see where the test is offered in your area.
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, you 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
You must contact each college or university attended and request that official transcripts be sent directly to Trinity Law School or provide them through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. If you are transferring from another law school, you must submit law school transcripts and a letter of standing in addition to your undergraduate transcripts. Please instruct your institutions to send the official transcript to Trinity Law School Admissions, 2200 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705.
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.
If you have been dismissed from a previous law school, have criminal charges against you (past, current, or pending), or have other adverse matters that may affect your ability to practice as an attorney, you must provide a written explanation to accompany your application. Your admissions counselor will provide more information about what is needed for your application file once your application has been received and processed.
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. If you cannot obtain a recommendation because you have fallen out of touch with professors, you 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. The recommendation must come from the recommender or LSAC in order to be considered official.
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 important dates and requirements for matriculation.