JD Admissions

To us, each applicant is a unique individual and that is how we consider your application to Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Every applicant gets full, careful and personalized consideration.


We are looking for students who, through your personal, intellectual or professional background and experience, will contribute to the richly diverse tapestry of our law school community.


Apply Now: You will be directed to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website and required to register with their service. The application is submitted through the LSAC.


Contact the Admissions Office: You can reach us at 619.297.9700 or at 800.936.7529 or by email at admissions@tjsl.edu.



I. Eligibility


To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law admissions policies and practices are consistent with the ABA Standards for Approved Law Schools. We consider the character, fitness and other qualifications in our admissions decision. Each candidate should be mindful of these considerations, as they might impact admission to the state bar in the jurisdiction which you plan to practice. We encourage each applicant to consult with the state bar for additional bar admissions information.


II. Application Process


Students seeking admission to the Thomas Jefferson School of Law should complete the following steps:


1. Submit Complete Application


Submit an Admission Application through the LSAC. When you apply, you must submit a $50 non-refundable application fee, a current resumé, and a personal statement. We ask that you prepare a double-spaced, two-to-three page personal statement on separate pages. We are looking for information about you that distinguishes you from other applicants. Do not be hesitant to tell us about an unusual experience. It is often these experiences, and your recounting of them, that speak volumes to us about you, your level of self-reflection, your imagination, how you understand and engage with the world around you, and what you could bring to the law school.


We also encourage you to write your personal statement in a narrative style so that more of your personality and who you are will come through in your writing. You should envision the personal statement as your opportunity to have a “conversation” with the Admissions Committee, highlighting what you think is important.


Finally, avoid writing a personal statement that discusses in very general terms why you want to attend law school, or expounds on your views of the U.S. legal profession and our society, or simply restates your resumé. Make sure that your personal statement gives the Admissions Committee a chance to know who you are beyond statistics and the context of your resumé. Write a personal statement that gives insight into your personality, your passions, and your experiences, and get feedback from people who know you well to ensure that it sufficiently captures who you are.


2. Register with CAS


Register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service allows you to submit all of the necessary documentation one time, regardless of the number of schools to which you apply. To learn more about this service, visit http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/cas.


3. Register for LSAT


Register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) at www.lsac.org. The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admissions Council at sites throughout the United States and the globe four times each year: in September or October, December, February and June. The application deadline generally is about one month prior to the test date. A registration form is included in the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book and is available from the Admissions Office or you can register directly with LSAC by accessing their Web site at www.lsac.org. Students seeking admission in the fall entering class must take the LSAT no later than the preceding June, while those seeking admission in the spring entering class must take the LSAT no later than the preceding December.


4. Letters of Recommendation


Submit two letters of recommendation. These can be from college professors who can attest to your ability to perform in a challenging academic setting. If you have been out of school for some time, letters from an employer are appropriate. Although you are not restricted to two letters, your file will be considered complete when two letters have been received. We want the letters to come from people who know you in an academic or professional setting and can speak of your skills.


We recommend that your letters be submitted through the LSAC letter of recommendation service. This service is included in your LSDAS registration subscription. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your LSDAS Report or as your letters are received by LSDAS. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined in the 2005-2006 LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book. You will need to fill out and provide your letter writers with a letter of recommendation form from the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book.


If a letter writer wishes to write specifically about your qualifications for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, he or she should send the letter directly to: Admissions, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.


5. International Applicants


If your education was received from a school outside of the United States, you must have your transcript(s) evaluated by a professional evaluation service to determine whether you possess the equivalent of a U.S. undergraduate degree. A detailed report from the evaluation service is required. In addition, we require your LSAC report. Please contact the Admissions Office for information regarding acceptable evaluation services. Applicants from non-English speaking countries also must provide their TOEFL exam results. Our school code is 4973.


III. Admissions Deadlines


Thomas Jefferson utilizes a rolling admissions process where applications are considered as they are received and completed. Under this system, the earlier an applicant applies, the greater are the chances of being admitted. Thus, applicants are well advised to apply as early as possible and to complete their files as quickly as possible. Although you are able to submit your application up until August 1 for Fall admission and January 1 for Spring admission, we strongly encourage you to apply far in advance of either date.


IV. Post Application Process


Once the applicant’s file is complete, it is forwarded to the Admissions Committee for a decision. An application may be accepted, denied or held for consideration at a later date. For this reason, there is no fixed period that elapses between completion of the file and notification of the applicant of a decision.


If an application is accepted, the applicant will be requested to send Thomas Jefferson a certified copy of all undergraduate transcripts and a non-refundable seat deposit, in order to hold the applicant’s place in class.


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