Q. What is rolling admissions, and when is the best time to submit my application?
A. La Verne College of Law reviews applications on a continual basis and continues accepting applications until the class is full. This is called rolling admissions.

Q. What is required for my application to be eligible for admissions?
A. A completed application available at www.lsac.org and a personal statement. Also required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Competitive LSAT score(s)
  • LSDAS registration and file completion, including two letters of recommendation, LSAT score report, and official undergraduate transcripts
  • $50 application fee

Q. What do I do if I have a foreign degree?
A. Applicants who earned their Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a foreign country, excluding Canada, are required to have transcripts evaluated and/or translated through the JD Credential Assembly Service (JD CAS) of LSDAS. Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service should be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or lsacinfo@lsac.org.

Q. What is the tuition?
A.  Effective for the 2014-2015 academic year, La Verne College of Law tuition will be $25,000 per year for all full-time students, and $19,600 per year for part-time students. This rate will be fixed for all three years of full-time students’ legal education, or all four years of part-time students’ education, with a provision for performance-based, outside-funded scholarships in the latter years.

Q. Can you tell me more about the alumni at your law school?
A. The University of La Verne College of Law has a prominent and supportive alumni network of more than 1,000 alumni spread across California and other states. Several of those alumni have served, or are serving, as members of the California judiciary.

Q. What is your bar passage rate compared to the overall state bar passage rate?

A:

La Verne Law Bar Pass Rates

Cohort Year

First-Time Pass Rate

ABA First-Time Pass Rate

Ultimate Pass Rate

2011

55.0%* N/A

N/A

2010

52.6% 72.1%

69.9%

2009

34.3% 74.1%

74.2%

2008

62.5% 78.1%

83.8%

2007

56.9% 71.6%

91.4%

2006

59.2% 70.7%

90.7%

*Based on February 2011 takers only

Q. Is there on-campus housing available?
A. La Verne Law offers a Student Housing Network program which enables incoming students to connect with other students who are also seeking housing. Students may also reside in The Oaks, a residence hall community, located on our main campus in La Verne. Additionally, we provide Housing and Visitor Information including area information and local apartment rentals.

Q. What types of financial aid are available?
A. There are a variety of grants, scholarships, and loans available to our students. Students may apply for the Federal Stafford Loan program (maximum loan amount for 2010-2011 is $20,500). In addition, a student may apply for assistance from the Federal Grad Plus Loan program up to the cost of education which includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses. Merit Scholarships are awarded to entering students based on LSAT and GPA factors. Continuing students are eligible to receive or retain scholarships based on performance while in law school. Scholarships range in dollar amounts from approximately $4,875 up to full tuition.

Q. What is the academic attrition rate for the University of La Verne College of Law?
A. During recent years our academic attrition rate for first year students has ranged between six and fifteen percent.

Q. Does your institution provide academic support to incoming students? Is it open to all students?
A. La Verne offers a wide range of academic support programs to all students utilizing graduate mentors, upper-division law students, and a series of academic support workshops. In addition, faculty advisors are assigned to each student to oversee the student’s progress in law school.

Q. What are your schools strengths? What unique programs are offered?
A. Our strength is in making great lawyers. Period. Also, our location in Southern California, job opportunities, a technologically advanced facility and our student-focused approach set us apart from others. We have a rigorous curriculum that stresses advocacy and skills training for lawyers, and we also place strong emphasis in the foundational courses while at the same time offering innovative courses such as computer game law.

Q. How do I strengthen my chances of being admitted?
A. You should have a competitive LSAT score and a strong undergraduate academic record, in addition to describing on your application (mainly in your personal statement), evidence of work or life experiences, leadership, maturity, motivation, or other characteristics that show you are capable of succeeding in law school.