Requirements

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Trinity is committed to the concept that a legal career is a calling and that students of all ages, backgrounds and occupations may sense the call to enter law school. As such, the Admissions Committee selects its law students upon consideration of the whole person. While Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and past academic experience are important, the Committee also considers the prospective student’s goals, achievements, work experiences, life circumstances and other criteria that indicate an applicant’s character and potential for academic success. All prospective students, regardless of race, national origin, or religion, are welcome at Trinity Law School.

Regular Students with a Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants previously awarded a Bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution of higher learning are considered for regular admission.  A degree-granting institution approved by the state department of education where the college or university is located is also considered a qualified institution.

Regular Students Without a Bachelor’s Degree

A portion of students we admit each year come directly from community colleges, armed with an abundance of talent, confidence, and a dream. Applicants may be admitted upon completion of an associate’s degree from a qualified institution or upon earning at least 60 transferable units of undergraduate study. Trinity offers law school candidates without a Bachelor’s degree an exceptional opportunity to enter law school before completing their undergraduate study.

Special Students

Students without a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree who demonstrate the intellectual capacity equivalent to at least two years of college may be considered for admission as a special student. The California Committee of Bar Examiners determines intellectual equivalency via the written College Level Examination Program (CLEP). It’s important to note that applicants admitted under this provision are required to take the California First Year Law Students’ Examination. The Admissions Committee offers admission to such applicants solely at their discretion. Due to the special nature of these admissions consideration, please contact our admissions office directly at (714) 796-7100 for additional information.

Transfer Students

Applicants enrolled in legal study elsewhere may be considered for transfer status. The Admissions Committee evaluates transfer applicants on a case-by-case basis.

    • The Admissions Committee requires transfer students to complete at least 45 units of their JD in residence at Trinity.
    • In addition to transcripts, applicants also need to provide a letter of standing from their former school.
    • Transfer students may be eligible for advanced standing; grades at or above the “good standing” level (determined by the school) may be accepted for transfer credit, as long as the course is similar to Trinity course content and have been completed within thirty-six months prior to admission to Trinity. If it is a full year course, such as Contracts 1 and 2, both sections must be at the good standing level in order to get any credit for the class.

Academically dismissed law students interested in transferring to Trinity must contact the Admissions Office to discuss their situation and must submit a dismissal explanation as part of their admissions file. Students who have been dismissed at the end of their first year of study will not be able to transfer any units unless they take and pass the First Year Law Students Exam. Transfer students are admitted solely at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and in accordance with the rules of the Committee of Bar Examiners of California. Trinity Law School does not award credit for prior experiential learning.

International Students

Trinity welcomes inquiries from students educated outside of the U.S. Here’s what you need to know to apply.

  1. International applicants must request a detailed report evaluating their transcripts from a Bar-approved credentials evaluation service. You can find a list of such services here.
  2. International students typically must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (known as the TOEFL exam) if the first language of your 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.

Please call the Admissions Office at 800-922-4748 or email us (tls@tiu.edu) for more information.