Thomas Jefferson School of Law is excited to announce that beginning Summer (June) 2020, the Law School will admit new students for a JD degree as a California Law School, based on accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
The Law School has a proud 50-year history of providing opportunity and educating successful lawyers, and remains committed to that tradition. Graduates of the Law School will be academically qualified to sit for the California Bar Examination, and can become eligible to practice in a number of other states after meeting criteria set out by the admitting authority in those states. Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements. Admission to practice law within California is governed by the Office of Admissions of the State Bar
More information about the Law School’s California-bar accredited program will post on this website in January 2020.
Each applicant is a unique individual, and each application to Thomas Jefferson School of Law is considered individually. Every application receives full, careful, and personalized consideration.
We are looking for students who, through their personal, intellectual or professional background and experience, will contribute to the rich and diverse tapestry of our law school community.
Apply for Free: There is no fee for application to Thomas Jefferson school of Law. We appreciate your interest in the law school and welcome your application..
Apply Now: Applications to the entering class must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). . Only complete applications will be reviewed for a decision. We do not offer a separate online application status checker, the LSAC online status checker suffices for most inquiries, and all other inquiries may be directed to the Admissions Office.
Apply now through the LSAC.
Accept Admission and Pay Seat Deposit – Congratulations on your decision to join the incoming class. In order to secure your seat in the class, accepted applicants must pay a $400 non-refundable seat deposit. The deposit will be credited to your student account and deducted from your tuition. You can submit your deposit by entering our New Student Portal which will require your username and password. Please refer to your admission packet for these credentials. You may also make your JD Seat Deposit here.
Fall Entering Class (August)
|Deadline: July 15th|
Note: We have decided to suspend enrollment for the incoming Spring 2019 term and instead, like most law schools around the country, offer only one entering class in the Fall. Students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2019.
Online Status Checker – You may check the status of your application by visiting the LSAC Online Status Checker. A username and password will be sent to you after submitting your application through LSAC.
Contact TJSL Admissions
Contact an LSAC Representative
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the time school begins; the degree may be in progress at the time of the application, but must be completed before enrolling in classes.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law admissions policies and practices are consistent with the ABA Standards for Approved Law Schools. We consider each applicant’s character, fitness and other qualifications in our admission decisions. Each applicant should be mindful of these considerations, as they may impact admission to the state bar in the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice. We encourage each applicant to consult with the bar of the state in which they intend to practice, for additional bar admissions information.
Students seeking admission to Thomas Jefferson School of Law must complete the following steps:
- Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
- Apply online through LSAC
- Provide the Following to Support Your Application
- Personal statement
- Supporting Documents from Recommenders – Maximum 4:
- Letters of recommendation - 2 Required (up to 4 accepted)
- Evaluations – 2 Optional
- Transcripts - from any and all other universities and colleges attended
- Any required addenda or additional statements in support of your application
- Fall (August) Enrollment: No later than July 15th
- Seat Deposit
- If admitted, you will be required to pay a $400 non-refundable seat deposit. The deposit will be credited to your account and deducted from your tuition.
- Once your application is submitted through LSAC, it will be sent electronically to our office.
- Applicants will receive email notifications from the Admissions Office once their files are received and again when their files are complete and ready for review.
- Only files that are complete and contain all of the required documents listed above will be reviewed for admission.
- File review and decision process takes approximately 3-6 weeks.
- All formal decision letters will be mailed to the current address on file – please keep your address up to date. With the exception of the formal decision letters, email communication is the primary method of communication – please keep your email address up to date.
Create a CAS Report File
Register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service allows you to submit all of the necessary documentation at one-time, regardless of the number of schools to which you apply.
Register for LSAT
Register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admissions Council at sites throughout the United States and the globe four times each year: in February, June, September or October and December. The application deadline generally is about one month prior to the test date. You can register directly with LSAC by accessing their website. 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. Please note that LSAC will only release your application to the Admissions Office once your LSAT score has posted to your account. With that said, we encourage students to complete and submit all required documents up to that point. If taken multiple times, we will accept your highest score.
Please upload your personal statement through your LSAC account. We ask that you prepare a double-spaced, two-to-three page personal statement. We are looking for information about you that distinguishes you from other applicants. Tell us about your life experiences, accomplishments, aspirations and what you can bring to the law school community.
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 writings. You should envision the personal statement as your opportunity to have a conversation with the Admissions Committee, highlighting what you think is important.
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. Avoid writing a personal statement that discusses in general terms why you want to attend law school or your views of the U.S. legal profession and our society. Finally, also avoid simply restating your resumé.
Letters of Recommendation
Please have your recommenders submit their letters directly to LSAC. Although we accept up to four letters of recommendation, the recommendation requirement will be considered complete when two letters have been received. 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 or processional colleague are appropriate. We want the letters to come from people who know you in an academic or professional setting and can speak of your skills.
Transcripts from all of the colleges or universities you have attended must be submitted to LSAC. LSAC will process and evaluate each transcript and will forward a report to each law school you designate. LSAC will calculate both a major and cumulative grade point average for your undergraduate degree which we will use to determine both admission and scholarship eligibility.
International Applicants: If your education was received from a school outside of the United States, you must have your transcript(s) evaluated and translated to determine whether you possess the equivalent of a U.S. undergraduate degree. A detailed report from the evaluation will be sent to us from LSAC. Applicants who have earned their degree from a non-English speaking country also must provide their TOEFL or IELTS exam results. Our school code is 4973.
Please upload your addenda through your LSAC account.
Previous Law School Attendance: Students who have previously attended law school must provide detailed information regarding their attendance at the law school and their reason for leaving. They must also provide a copy of their law school transcript and letter of good standing if applicable.
Character and Fitness: Qualifications for Admission to the Bar - 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.
Thomas Jefferson asks applicants to answer a series of character and fitness questions on the application. Students who provide an affirmative response to the character and fitness questions must submit an explanatory addendum with their application. Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, the failure to disclose an act or event can lead to more serious consequences than the act or event itself. Failure to provide truthful answers, or failure to inform the Office of Admissions of any changes to your answers in advance of matriculation or during school enrollment, may result in revocation of admission or disciplinary action by the School of Law, or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek bar admission.
Please upload any additional statements through your LSAC account. Additional statements should be no more than one page in length – be specific and brief. You are welcome to address anything in your application that might require further explanation. Examples include a gap in schooling or employment, undergraduate GPA anomaly or multiple LSAT scores.
Post Application Process
Once your application is complete, it is forwarded to the Admissions Committee for a decision. An application may be accepted, denied, or waitlisted. Decisions are usually communicated three to six weeks from the date an application becomes complete. The majority of the communication and information we send will be via email, although official decision notices will be sent by postal mail.
If admitted, you will be required to submit a $400 seat deposit and requested to send Thomas Jefferson an official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing the grant of your undergraduate degree.