Lincoln Law School of Sacramento aims to provide educational opportunities to a diverse student population. Through an affordable, four-year program, the school strives to meet the special needs of students who may be raising families, working full time, or preparing for a new or second career.
Our Admissions Committee evaluates prior education, including, GPAs and test scores, and other considerations, including life experience, maturity, moral character, ability to communicate, and employment or volunteer experience—may also play a vital part in the admissions decision.
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. Applicants holding an Associate of Art or Associate of Science degree may also be considered a regular student.
In addition, all applicants are encouraged to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE), although they are not required to be considered for admission to the program. For more information on the LSAT and GRE, please visit www.lsac.org or www.ets.org/gre/
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 have not completed at least two years of college work in accordance with Rule 4.25(A) of the Admissions Rules and Section 6060(c)(1) of the California Business and Professions Code must satisfy the general education requirements prior to beginning law study by attaining a score of 50 or higher on the following College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations which are administered by the College Board:
Under Composition and Literature category: College Composition and
Two other examinations, each designed to correspond to full-year courses (six semester hours each) or four other examinations, each designed to correspond to semester courses (three semester hours each) that can be selected from any of the following subjects:
- Composition and Literature (Humanities examination only)
- Foreign Languages
- History and Social Sciences
- Science and Mathematics
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 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 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 all law schools 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. Previously disqualified law students must also have an LSAT score to be considered for admission to the program.
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.
Application & Registration Procedures
Please follow the steps listed below to apply or register for courses (if accepted).
Submit Application Form
Enrollment in Lincoln Law School is limited and applications are accepted year-round.
Please submit official transcripts to Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Attention Admissions, 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. 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 of Sacramento and to ask those questions pertinent to the decision to apply. 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 Admissions Counselor at 916-446-1275 or email [email protected] to schedule a meeting. Choosing to forgo this option will have no adverse effect on an applicant’s admission 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 e-mail.
Upon receipt of an acceptance notice, applicants will receive instructions on the registration procedure.