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Overview

Answer the call to serve your community.

The College of Law admits new students twice per year, for either a Fall or Spring semester start. Twice per year, adults of all ages and life circumstances take a decisive step toward a fulfilling career providing legal representation and serving social justice in their communities. Sound like something you’re ready to do?

How to Apply

The first step to applying is filling out our online application form for JD Student admissions. You may do this even before you have the rest of your application materials prepared. Once you have completed the application, an enrollment advisor will contact you, as early as that same day, to guide you through the rest of the admissions process and submitting the required materials.

As soon as you submit the online application form, an enrollment advisor will reach out to assist you in gathering the rest of your application materials. These application materials will include the following:

Official Transcripts

JD applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institution(s), and any post-bachelor degree institution(s) including any master’s degrees or credits.

If you have subscribed to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), the College of Law will request your CAS report once your application has been received. If you have not subscribed to this service, you should have transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to you so that you can submit these with your other application materials. Transcripts must remain sealed to be considered official. Transcripts then become the property of the University and will not be returned or released to another party.

LSAT Scores

The College of Law will request your CAS report and/or LSAT score once your application has been received. You do not need to ask the Law School Admission Council to send these to us.

Application Fee

Actually, there is none! Other than your time, there is no cost to apply.

Additional Materials

In addition to your official transcripts and LSAT scores, the JD Program requires the following materials to apply:

  • A personal statement describing your interest in law and reasons for pursuing a JD
  • Resumé (recommended but optional)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)

All application documentation must be submitted directly to:

John F. Kennedy University

College of Law Admissions Office

100 Ellinwood Way

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

We understand that for many students, starting a program will be contingent on financial aid. Since it can take 3-4 weeks for a financial aid package to be determined, we encourage students to get this process started as soon as possible. Please visit our Financial Aid page to learn about submitting a FAFSA with our school code. You can also contact a financial aid officer or speak to your enrollment advisor for assistance with this process. We are here to help!

Applicants are typically asked to interview with the College of Law Dean or a faculty member. A telephone interview may be arranged when necessary. During the interview, your interest in attending law school and the benefits of a John F. Kennedy University College of Law education will be discussed. You will also have the opportunity to inquire further about the program as well as learn more about enrollment, academic requirements, scholarship opportunities, additional financial aid assistance, and campus resources.

And, that’s it! Congratulations! We’re glad you made it.

1. Complete the Online Application

The first step to applying is filling out our online application form for JD Student admissions. You may do this even before you have the rest of your application materials prepared. Once you have completed the application, an enrollment advisor will contact you, as early as that same day, to guide you through the rest of the admissions process and submitting the required materials.

2. Submit LSAT Scores, Transcripts, and Other Materials

As soon as you submit the online application form, an enrollment advisor will reach out to assist you in gathering the rest of your application materials. These application materials will include the following:

Official Transcripts

JD applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institution(s), and any post-bachelor degree institution(s) including any master’s degrees or credits.

If you have subscribed to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), the College of Law will request your CAS report once your application has been received. If you have not subscribed to this service, you should have transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to you so that you can submit these with your other application materials. Transcripts must remain sealed to be considered official. Transcripts then become the property of the University and will not be returned or released to another party.

LSAT Scores

The College of Law will request your CAS report and/or LSAT score once your application has been received. You do not need to ask the Law School Admission Council to send these to us.

Application Fee

Actually, there is none! Other than your time, there is no cost to apply.

Additional Materials

In addition to your official transcripts and LSAT scores, the JD Program requires the following materials to apply:

  • A personal statement describing your interest in law and reasons for pursuing a JD
  • Resumé (recommended but optional)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)

All application documentation must be submitted directly to:

John F. Kennedy University

College of Law Admissions Office

100 Ellinwood Way

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

3. Apply for Financial Aid

We understand that for many students, starting a program will be contingent on financial aid. Since it can take 3-4 weeks for a financial aid package to be determined, we encourage students to get this process started as soon as possible. Please visit our Financial Aid page to learn about submitting a FAFSA with our school code. You can also contact a financial aid officer or speak to your enrollment advisor for assistance with this process. We are here to help!

4. Interview

Applicants are typically asked to interview with the College of Law Dean or a faculty member. A telephone interview may be arranged when necessary. During the interview, your interest in attending law school and the benefits of a John F. Kennedy University College of Law education will be discussed. You will also have the opportunity to inquire further about the program as well as learn more about enrollment, academic requirements, scholarship opportunities, additional financial aid assistance, and campus resources.

And, that’s it! Congratulations! We’re glad you made it.

Requirements and Policies

To be eligible for admission to the College of Law with regular status, applicants must have:

(1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or  

(2) an academic associate of arts or science degree from an accredited college, or

(3) successfully completed a minimum equivalent of two years of undergraduate coursework which is transferable to an approved, four-year school.

Applicants who do not meet the aforementioned education criteria for admission with regular status may be considered for admission with special status. Please contact an admissions counselor for further information.

In addition to the regular requirements, transfer students must provide an official transcript from their prior law school.

 

Applicants for Admission with Regular Status

To be eligible for admission to the College of Law with regular status, applicants must have:

(1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or  

(2) an academic associate of arts or science degree from an accredited college, or

(3) successfully completed a minimum equivalent of two years of undergraduate coursework which is transferable to an approved, four-year school.

Applicants for Admission with Special Status

Applicants who do not meet the aforementioned education criteria for admission with regular status may be considered for admission with special status. Please contact an admissions counselor for further information.

Transfer Students

In addition to the regular requirements, transfer students must provide an official transcript from their prior law school.