If you have never attended law school before, you are considered a new student. In addition to completing the application, providing official transcripts, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation, you must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and score 143 or higher in order to be accepted*. You must also satisfy the pre-legal education requirement set by the California State Bar.
To meet the pre-legal education requirement, you must meet one of these criteria:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution
- Hold an associate’s degree from a qualified institution
- Complete 60 units at a qualified institution that could transfer to a CSU or UC four-year degree program
- Demonstrate intellectual capacity equivalent to at least two years of college through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)**
*Individuals who have passed the FYLSX, but who have not taken the LSAT, may be considered for admission.
**If you utilize this option, you are required to pass the California First Year Law Students’ Examination (also known as FYLSX or the “Baby Bar”) after your first year of law school coursework. Please contact the admissions office at (714) 796-7100 if you are considering this admission method.
Transfer Students in good standing
If you wish to transfer to Trinity after attending another law school, you must satisfy the admission requirements for new students and provide an official transcript and letter of standing from your current law school. Please note that only 45 units of coursework in good standing at the originating law school may transfer, and transfer units are subject to approval by the Registrar and the Admissions Committee. Students who are transferring from unaccredited schools must pass the FYLSX in order to transfer units.
Transfer Students with Dismissal
If you are transferring after being dismissed from another law school, you must meet the admission requirements for new students, provide an official transcript and letter of standing from your previous law school, and provide an explanation for dismissal that shows credible evidence that your dismissal was a result of a serious hardship or traumatic event. If transferring after being dismissed at the end of the first year (2 semesters), you must pass the FYLSX prior to beginning coursework in order to transfer units. If you do not pass the FYLSX, or you were dismissed prior to the end of your first year, you must start your coursework over. Please contact the admissions office at (714) 796-7100 to learn more.
In addition to satisfying the admission requirements for new students, you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by an agency approved by the California State Bar to determine whether or not you meet the pre-legal education requirements. A list of the approved agencies and instructions for evaluation requests can be found on the California State Bar’s website.
You must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL) if the first language of your country of origin is not English. TOEFL requirement may be waived if you are able to show proficiency in the English language.