THE ADMISSIONS PROCESSadmissions-process

Completed applications should be submitted by June 1st. Applications received after June 1st will be considered if space is available.

  1. All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  2. An application for Admission must be completed and submitted online to Cal Northern with a $55.00 application fee.
  3. One certified copy of a transcript from all colleges previously attended must be submitted to Cal Northern. The transcript must be sent directly from the issuing institution.
  4. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted. The letters must be sent directly to the school by the person making the recommendation.

After the online application file is complete, the applicant may be required to attend an interview with the Admissions Committee.

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All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This examination is normally given in February, June, October, and December. Applicants are urged to take the LSAT by February of the year in which admission is sought. The application packet is available from any law school or it may be obtained by writing to the administrator of the examination: Law School Admission Council, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998; telephone (215) 968-1001. Online registration is also available @ Note: Cal Northern School of Law does not participate in the LSDAS services.


Students admitted to Cal Northern School of Law are designated “regular,” “special,” or “transfer” students. Classification definitions are set forth below.

  • Regular Students: In accordance with the Rule VII, Section 81 of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California, Cal Northern School of Law requires that applicants for admission as regular students have completed at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of studies constituting not less than one-half of the total acceptable for a bachelor’s degree at a qualified institution. At least 90 percent of the total credits earned must be in courses with substantive content or training. In addition, the applicant’s grade point average for all courses with substantive content must be at least equal to the average required for graduating from the institutions attended, which is ordinarily 2.0 or better on the 4.0 grading system. All students are encouraged to complete their bachelor’s degree studies before applying.
  • Special Students: A student who has a strong desire to become a lawyer, but who cannot qualify for admission as a “regular” student, may apply for admission as a “special” student. In all cases the applicant for admission as a special student must submit the same information required of regular students. Since the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score is important to the special student, persons seeking admission as special students are advised to complete the LSAT early in the processing year, but in no event later than June of the year in which admission is sought. Applicants who do not have the required 60 semester units must also take the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test prior to admission to law school. To meet the Committee of Bar Examiners’ requirements for entrance to law school, an applicant must attain passing scores on the following general examinations administered by CLEP: (1) Under Composition and Literture category, College Composition, AND (2) Two other examinations, each designed to correspond to full-year courses (6 semester hours each*) or four other examinations, each designed to correspond to semester courses (3 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; Business.  Effective July 1, 2001, a minimum score of 50 on each examination is required to be eligible to attend law school as a Special Student. Information and an application to take the CLEP test may be obtained from: The College Board, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600, (800) 257-9558,  Applicants will not be scheduled for an interview until all CLEP test scores are received by the school. Test scores are usually mailed four to six weeks after completion of the test.  All Special Students are required to take and pass the First Year Law Students Examination at the end of their first year of law study.

 *For the Summary of Credit Recommendations for the CLEP Examinations and further information, please contact The College Board at the above address.

  • Transfer Students: All persons wishing to transfer to Cal Northern School of Law must provide certified transcripts from all law schools attended, showing satisfactory completion of all prior studies. Transfer students will be required to meet all admission requirements.  Cal Northern School of Law reserves the right to determine the number of transfer credits accepted. This determination will be made by the Registrar on an individual basis and will depend in part on an evaluation of course content and grades received in various courses. The amount of credit an applicant may receive is subject to each of the following limitations pursuant to the California Accredited Law School Rules, but is otherwise discretionary: (1) Credit may ordinarily be granted only for courses completed no more than thirty-six months prior to the date the applicant chooses to begin further law studies. In exceptional circumstances involving serious illness or personal tragedy, credit for studies completed more than thirty-six calendar months prior to the date the applicant begins further law studies may be awarded; (2) Credit may be granted only for courses in which the applicant received a grade at the good standing level or higher from the awarding law school. However, in the case of an applicant who has passed the First-Year Law Students Examination, the law school may acknowledge the credit previously granted for each completed course in Torts, Criminal Law, and Contracts, even if the grade was less than would be required for good standing.   Students may transfer up to 42 units toward the Juris Doctor degree. The remaining 42 units required for graduation must be taken at Cal Northern.  The Registrar makes judgments about the appropriateness of transfer credit; however, when necessary, the Registrar may consult with other appropriate personnel, such as the Dean or Admissions Committee.  Transfer credit, if granted, will be entered on the student’s transcript but will not be computed in the cumulative GPA.  Transfer students’ grades cannot be used to compete for Valedictorian or to graduate with honors.
  • Veterans: Effective January 1, 2016, only continuing students were eligible for the training of veterans as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations. To establish eligibility for these benefits, students should consult with the appropriate officials of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs to obtain their certificate of eligibility letter. Once admitted, the eligibility letter should be given to the Registrar of the Law School. The Law School will then submit an enrollment certification to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. Veterans who withdraw from courses or do not complete courses will receive refunds on a pro rata basis as provided for in the Code of Federal Regulations 21.4255.  With the Amendment of Senate Bill 1059 signed into law on July 22, 2016,  Cal Northern was once again eligible to apply to participate in Title 38 Educational Benefit Awards for all eligible students.  Contact the Registrar for further information. Internships, independent study and on-line courses are not approvable for the training of veterans.


In compliance with California B&P Code Section 6061.7(a), Cal Northern provides the following information about its JD program.  2018 Information Report.