You typically apply to law school about one year before you want to start the program. You will need to identify programs that match your interests and complete an application. Some steps take time so plan ahead! Read ourLawPDF icon guide to learn how to prepare and apply.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required as part of the admission process into law school. The test is only offered four times a year so you should plan ahead to prepare for the test.

General Timeline

  • March: Begin preparing for the LSAT
  • June: Take the LSAT
  • June-July: Begin preliminary research on law schools
  • July: Receive LSAT scores
  • July-Oct: Narrow down list of schools and take the September LSAT if necessary.
  • Oct-Jan: Submit applications

Some students may choose to study on their own using study guides by published by LSAC or one of the test prep companies. If you choose to sign up for a test prep course, there are many options ranging from in-person and online instruction, self directed online, and private tutoring. Prior to signing up for a course, take a free sample LSAT to get an idea of the type of questions and what areas you would like to improve on. LSAC and many of the commercial test prep companies offer free mock LSAT sessions. Some of these companies may also provide discounts to students so do your research prior to signing up. Based on your learning style, academic foundation, and finances, determine the method of preparation that best fits your needs.

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Scholarship Resources

This chart compares national and UC San Diego applicants admitted to US American Bar Association accredited law schools. Data provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), an organization of the US ABA law schools.

Year Applicants Admission Rates
National UCSD National UCSD

2016

56,479

270

76%

86%

2015

54,467

266

78%

86%

2014

55,697

288

78%

86%

2013

59,384

324

77%

85%

2012

67,865

383

75%

84%


UC San Diego Graduates Admitted to Law School

The UC San Diego Students Admitted to Law School chart provides data from LSAC on last year’s successful UCSD law school applicants. This chart includes: the US law schools (accredited by the American Bar Association) to which UC San Diego graduates applied, were admitted, and enrolled; the mean Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score; and mean cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of those admitted. LSAT and GPA data from law schools with less than five admits from UC San Diego are not shown on this list. This list is offered as a guide and should not be used as a final determination of where to apply to law school.

Admit Data 2016 PDF icon