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In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

State Bar of California Registration Requirement

All law students who are planning to apply for admission to the California Bar and take the California Bar Exam must register with the State Bar of California no later than 90 days after beginning law school. The registration fee must be paid with a credit card. Students who plan to take the Bar Exam in another state should check with the State Bar in the state in which they intend to practice.

Additionally, the State Bar of California and the University of La Verne College of Law may require additional documentation for your admission file that may not have been provided on the original application. We require notification as to any change of status including, but not limited to, attendance at another law school prior to beginning at La Verne Law, enrollment in a summer law program, or a criminal record. A criminal record may have an adverse effect on your admission to the College of Law and to the Bar. Students who have a criminal record are advised to check with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the state in which they intend to practice.

Admissions Policy

The University of La Verne College of Law is committed to admitting a diverse group of students and to diversifying the legal profession. Admission to the J.D. program at the University of La Verne College of Law shall be based primarily upon LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA. Consideration shall also be given to: academic performance in other graduate and professional programs, the institution at which the degree(s) were earned; the major course of study undertaken; relevant extracurricular, work, and life experiences; and factors that may contribute to the diversity of our student body and the legal profession.

The minimum standard for admission is a U.S. bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution or ministry of education recognized foreign institution. Admitted students must verify having met the minimum requirement with the Registrar’s Office of the College of Law, via an official transcript, within 20 days of the commencement of the Fall semester. Individual exceptions to the minimum requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Law. A memorandum of Dean’s Override will be submitted to the Registrar’s Office at the College of Law and recorded in the student’s Banner record.

International applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A passing TOEFL iBT scores is: 100 or above with 20 or above in each section. A passing IELTS scores is: 6.5 or above with 6 or above in each band. Individuals meeting one of the following conditions are exempted from the English language proficiency requirement: U.S. Citizens; U.S. Permanent Residents; International students who completed the entirety of their baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited school located in the U.S.; International students who are native English speakers; International students holding a baccalaureate degree from a Ministry of Education recognized foreign institution in which English is the language of instruction.

Admission and Enrollment Data

Profile of Fall 2017 entering class
1L Applications: 947
1L Admitted applicants 402
1L Enrolled students 88
Full-time 66
Part-time 22
Median LSAT 149
75% LSAT 151
25% LSAT 147
Median GPA 2.99
75% GPA 3.30
25% GPA 2.56

Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs

A breakdown of all tuition, fees, and costs may be found here.

Financial Aid

The University of La Verne, in an attempt to bring higher education within the reach of qualified men and women, makes financial assistance available through a variety of grants, scholarships, and loan programs. Generous merit scholarships are available. Most loans are based upon the computed financial need of the student as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed with the Department of Education.

Scholarship Retention Data Worksheet

The school does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing. Therefore, the school does not complete a ‘conditional scholarship retention chart.

Tuition Refund/Credit Policy

The University of La Verne refund/credit policy is as follows: withdrawal during the first week of classes, 100% refund/credit; withdrawal during the second week of classes, 75% refund/credit; withdrawal during the third week of classes, 50% refund/credit; withdrawal after the third week of classes, no refund/credit.

Faculty and Administration

Additional administrators include the Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Assistant Dean for the Center for Academic & Bar Readiness, Director of the Law Library, Director of Student Affairs, Director of Career Services, Director of Admissions, Director of Development, Director of External Relations, and the Registrar.

Curricular Offerings

Library Resources

The primary function of the Law Library is to meet the study and research needs of the College of Law’s student body and faculty. The collection includes federal and California statutory law, court opinions, administrative rules and regulations, all titles of the California Continuing Education of the Bar, major treatises on a variety of legal topics, form and practice books, and numerous legal periodicals. The Law Library’s print and microform holdings exceed 280,000 volumes. The Law Library is continually updating its core collection by supplementing present holdings and adding additional materials from other jurisdictions and areas of the law.

The Law Library has a variety of advanced electronic research methods available for student use. Most applications are accessible via the Internet on a wireless network, so students and faculty are able to conduct research from various access points. Among the products available are Westlaw and LexisNexis (online computerized legal research databases), LegalTrac (a legal periodical index), Hein Online (a full-text archive of legal journals), a growing number of additional databases, and the Internet. Students and other users of the Law Library may check the availability of resources through the University’s online catalog, LEOPAC.

The College of Law Library also serves as a selective depository for federal and California state government documents.

The Law Library is open seven days a week, with late night hours Monday through Thursday. Library staff are available to assist in locating desired materials. Reference services may also be arranged. For additional information regarding the Law Library, contact (909) 460-2070.

Physical Facilities

In January 2001, the University of La Verne College of Law opened the doors to its state-of-the-art law campus in the City of Ontario, in Southern California’s Inland Empire, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the United States.

The College of Law is located on a seven-acre site next to the Ontario Civic Center and the new Ontario City Library. With a spacious atrium tower and well-appointed classrooms, seminar rooms, and a courtroom, the College of Law building has approximately 64,000 square feet. Classrooms are equipped with the latest in audiovisual technologies, and Internet access is provided throughout campus via a combination of hardwired and wireless connections. The College of Law moot courtroom is equipped with a cutting edge digital video recording and editing system. Additionally, the computer lab provides 30 up-to-date student workstations.

About the College of Law

  • Founded in 1970
  • Located in Ontario, California

About the University

  • University of La Verne founded in 1891
  • University of La Verne accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Bar Passage Data

For further information about La Verne Law, please select a year below to view the current Standard 509 information report from the ABA Annual Questionnaire:

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