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Educational Requirements

Apply With or Without a Bachelor's Degree

To qualify for admission to law school, and as a prerequisite to the practice of law in California, specific pre-legal education requirements must be met. Based on these requirements, law schools categorize applicants as either Degreed-Regular, Non-Degreed Regular, or Special.

  • Degreed-Regular - Applicants holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited college satisfy pre-legal education requirements.The majority of law school applicants are in this category; however, a Bachelor's Degree is NOT required to apply to GUCL!
  • Non-Degreed Regular - Applicants without a Bachelor's Degree can satisfy pre-legal education requirements if they earned: (1) an academic AA or AS Degree, OR (2) 60 semester or 90 quarter units at a regionally accredited college.
  • Special - Applicants with less than 60 su of degree-applicable coursework may satisfy pre-legal education requirements by taking CLEP exams, the LSAT, and by passing the First Year Law Students Exam. If considering this option, request admissions counseling first.

Occasionally, an applicant may be asked to submit transcripts to the State Bar of California for evaluation in the event GUCL cannot determine if pre-legal education requirements have been met. Click here for Evaluation of Pre-Legal Education forms.

Applicants with foreign college degrees or units will need a credential evaluation from a State Bar approved evaluator. An official, detailed evaluation showing courses taken, units, grades, and degree equivalency is required. Click here for a list of approved evaluators.

Prior Law Students

Applicants with prior law school attendance may apply to GUCL for consideration. In addition to submitting a complete applicant file, also required are official transcripts and a letter of standing from the law school previously attended.

Interim transcripts and/or letters of standing (final grades/standing not yet posted) may be submitted but are insufficient for rendering an admission decision.

If a prior law school applicant is found eligible for admission and granted transfer credit (advanced standing), enrollment typically occurs in the summer or fall quarters due to the structured program at GUCL.

When a prior law school applicant is found eligible for admission but transfer credit is not granted, enrollment as a first-year law student may occur in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Upon admission, a Permission to Start Law Studies Over request should be submitted to the State Bar.

If you are considering applying to GUCL as a Prior Law student, please call GUCL at 818-247-0770 and speak to an admissions counselor before beginning the process.