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Admissions

Regular Students

An applicant holding a bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution may be admitted as a regular student. An applicant not holding a bachelor’s degree must have completed at least two years of college work to be considered a regular student. Two years of college work means a minimum of sixty semester or ninety quarter units of college credit, equivalent to at least half that required for a bachelor’s degree from a college or university that has degree-granting authority from the state in which it is located, and completed with a grade average adequate for graduation.

In addition, all applicants are required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The LSAT may be waived with a master’s degree or higher, visit www.lsac.org.

Special Students

A limited number of students who do not meet the requirements of a regular student may be considered for admission as special students at Lincoln Law School based on their maturity, life experience, intellectual ability, and aptitude for law study.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission as a regular student must satisfy the general education requirements by attaining passing scores on the following general examinations administered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP): College Composition or College Composition Modular; and two of the following: Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and History. The credit-granting score for each examination is 50 or higher.

For admission, these applicants must present transcripts from all colleges where undergraduate courses have been taken and must present their passing CLEP scores. In addition, the applicant typically should show an aptitude for law study by having achieved an LSAT score at or above the 50th percentile. Letters of recommendation from employers may also be submitted.

Special students are encouraged to enter in the spring or summer Pre-First-Year program sessions.

In addition, all special students at Lincoln Law School are required to take the First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSX) at the end of their first year of study. Special students must pass this examination to qualify for continued study at the Law School. The FYLSX is administered by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California in June and October of each year. For more information, visit admissions.calbar.ca.gov.

Prior Law Students

Prior Law law students who wish to transfer to Lincoln Law School must present proof of completion of courses taken at all law schools attended. They also must provide a letter of standing from the last school attended in substantiation of their current academic status. Transfer credit may be granted only to students who are exempt from the First-Year Law Students’ Examination. Students become exempt from the FYLSX when they have successfully completed the first year of law study at an accredited law school and are eligible for advancement to the second year of study, or when they have taken and passed the FYLSX.

Credit is granted at the discretion of the law school and determined on an individual basis.

In the case of a prior law student who has passed the FirstYear Law Students’ Examination, credit may be allowed for each completed course in Torts, Criminal Law, and Contracts for which the prior school awarded credit to such applicant, even if the grade was less than would be required to be in good standing at that school.

Grades from a previously attended law school are not included in the calculation of any grade point average at Lincoln Law School.

All credits are evaluated in relation to similar courses given at Lincoln Law School. No credit will be given for courses completed more than 36 months before the date of admission. All prior law students must take and pass a minimum of 40 units at Lincoln Law School to qualify for graduation.

Prior law students who were disqualified from a previously attended law school for low academic performance can be admitted on academic probation and are required to obtain a grade point average of 2.10 in their first academic year at Lincoln Law School.

Students Who Withdraw

Students who withdraw in good standing from Lincoln Law School may apply for readmission, subject to all catalog and State Bar of California requirements at the time of re-entry. According to the State Bar of California requirements a student must complete their law studies within seven years.

Pathway Applicants

Pathway to Law Program

Application & Registration Procedures

Please follow the steps listed below to apply or register for courses.

Submit Application Form

Online applications for admission are available on the Lincoln Law School website at www.lincolnlaw.edu. Enrollment in Lincoln Law School is limited and applications are accepted year-round.

Register and Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The LSAT may be waived with a master’s degree or higher. Visit www.lsac.org.

Submit Transcripts

Please submit official transcripts to Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Attention Registrar, 3140 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 or register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), provided through LSAC, for transcript submission. If registered for CAS, please request official transcripts be sent to LSAC at P.O. Box 2000, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940. www.lsac.org.

Please note: Any student admitted who does not provide official transcripts, the CAS report, or other required documentations by the 45th day after the first day of attendance is considered ineligible for admission and must be promptly excluded from classes.

Meet the Dean

Applicants may choose to meet with the dean prior to having their application reviewed by the admissions committee. Meeting the dean allows applicants to learn more about Lincoln Law School and to ask those questions pertinent to the decision to enroll. Information regarding the School’s curriculum and mission, it’s faculty, student organizations, and the study and practice of law are all topics commonly discussed. Applicants interested in meeting with the dean should contact the School’s Administration Office to schedule a meeting. Choosing to forgo this option will have no adverse effect on an applicant’s admission decision.

Decision

When an applicant’s file is complete, it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. If additional information is deemed necessary by the committee, an applicant may be required to meet with the dean. When a decision has been made, an applicant will be notified by mail, along with a formal letter mailed to the address provided.

Registration

Upon receipt of an acceptance notice, applicants will receive instructions on the registration procedure.

Application Checklist

  • Application submitted – before or after LSAT taken
  • LSAT taken – may be waived for applicants with a master’s degree or higher
  • Transcripts submitted
  • Decision received
  • Registration deposit
  • Register for classes