Lincoln Law School of San Jose
Getting Started at Lincoln Law
Lincoln has a “rolling” admissions policy permitting students to enroll at convenient times. Students are admitted to commence study in January, May, and August. Accordingly, the Law School permits enrollment so long as the student’s records for admission are complete and satisfactory and the student can attend all classes.
Admitted students are classified as “Regular,” “Special,” “Transfer,” or visiting students. See below for descriptions and requirements particular to each of these classifications. Students may, at the sole discretion of the Dean, be provisionally admitted and allowed to begin classes pending receipt of all necessary documentation, as set forth below under “Admission Requirements.” Students will not be formally accepted until all of the necessary documentation has been timely received.
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General Admission Requirements
It is recommended that applicants meet with an Admissions Advisor, the Dean, or the Dean’s designee as soon as practical prior to their intended entrance date in order to begin and promptly complete the admissions process. Applicants wishing to be admitted must, prior to admission, obtain and furnish all of the following:
A completed application. Application fees are waived at this time. Any additional fees for translation/evaluation of transcripts, Law School Admission Council (LSAC) fees or other costs must be paid by the applicant.
Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools must be provided;
A signed Personal Statement explaining in no more than two typed pages, double-spaced, why you wish to study law;
A Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score, GRE score, or a writing evaluation (administered by Lincoln);
Resume or CV; and
Two current letters of recommendation.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The LSAT is usually given in February, June, September, and December. Scores are generally accepted for a period of five (5) years from the date of the administration of the test. To obtain an application, information about the test, and information regarding the location of testing centers, please contact the Law School or contact the Law School Admission Council directly:
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0998
The LSAT score is used to advise and counsel the students. Consult our Student Services if you have specific questions about the role of LSAT in our application process.
Admission as a Regular Student
An applicant holding a Bachelors's degree from a qualified institution may be admitted as a Regular Student. An applicant not holding a Bachelors degree from a qualified institution may be admitted as a Regular Student if either one of the following requirements is met:
The applicant has earned an Associate of Arts (AA) Degree or an Associate of Science (AS) Degree from a qualified institution. The Specialized Associate Degree (occupational) and the Associate of Applied Science Degree, and other associate-level degrees which are vocationally-oriented, do not satisfy this requirement; or
Studies completed prior to admission constitute not less than one-half the total acceptable for a Bachelors's degree at a qualified institution. Subject to review, this is typically sixty (60) semester units or ninety (90) quarter units; and
At least 90 percent of the total credits necessary to satisfy this requirement was in courses with academic, non-vocational, and non-occupational content satisfactorily completed at a qualified institution; and
The applicant’s cumulative grade point average on all subjects undertaken was at least equal to that required for graduation from the institution attended; and
The applicant’s grade average on all courses with substantive content was at least equal to that required for graduation from the institution attended.
An applicant who seeks admission as a Regular Student, and is allowed, at the sole discretion of the Dean, to be provisionally admitted pending official transcripts, but does not provide official transcripts by the 45th day after the first day of attendance, shall not be permitted to continue, except that the School may extend attendance for no more than an additional forty-five days in exceptional circumstances which must be approved in writing by the Admissions Committee and documented in the Student File.
Applicants who have attended a college in a foreign country must first have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service. The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners has compiled a list of credential evaluation services that may be found on their website. An official credential evaluation report must be received, reviewed, and found to be acceptable by the Law School before the student may be admitted.
Regular Student applicants may be required, as a condition of admission, to participate in the Law School’s Academic Success Program, based on their pre-law education, pre-law grade point average, LSAT score, or any combination thereof.
Admission as a Special Student
Students who have not qualified as a Regular Student may apply for admission as a Special Student. Applicants seeking admission as a Special Student must take and pass three College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations prior to admission to law school and must attain passing scores of 50 or higher. For information on CLEP examination requirements, please refer to the State Bars website at www.calbar.org.
For registration materials and information about the location of testing centers and testing dates, please contact the Admissions Office or the College Board directly:
College Board, CLEP
P. O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Special Student applicants must also take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prior to admission. A score at or above the 50th percentile must be achieved and, in addition, the applicant must provide the same documentation required from applicants applying as a Regular Student.
All Students who are accepted as Special Students must take and pass the First-Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX) given by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California before advancing to the second year of Law School.
Admission as a Transfer Student
Students wishing to transfer to Lincoln must provide official transcripts from all law schools attended showing completion of all prior law studies.
Under exceptional circumstances, admission may be possible for persons who were previously disqualified from law study if it can be shown that the prior disqualification was a result of factors other than lack of capacity to successfully study law. Ordinarily, this may be shown by letters from the Dean or faculty members of the Law School previously attended. In all such transfers, a personal interview must be arranged with the Dean at Lincoln.
Lincoln reserves the right to determine the number of transfer credits to be accepted. This determination will be made by the Dean on an individual basis and will depend, in part, on an evaluation of course content and grades received in various courses and on a determination as to whether the student has earned an exemption from the First-Year Law Students Examination (FYLSX). Normally, only law course work completed within thirty-six (36) calendar months prior to the date the applicant will begin his or her studies at Lincoln will be transferable. Some scheduling adjustments may be needed for transfer students to ensure that they receive the necessary instruction in subjects covered on the General Bar Examination and the corresponding unit credit required for graduation. Grades are not transferable and will have no effect on a student’s grade point average at Lincoln.
Transfer students must meet all admissions requirements outlined in this catalog. Transfer students must take and pass a minimum of fifty-six (56) units in residence in order to qualify for graduation from Lincoln.
Admission as a Visiting Student
At the discretion of the Dean, a student who attends another law school may be permitted to attend Lincoln as a Visiting Student. The effect of any grade received at Lincoln is dependent upon the policy of the law school where the student regularly attends. Tuition is the same as for regular students and fees are $150. Fees may be higher depending on the course and use of our subscription services.