Pre-Legal Education

Pre-Legal Education, Chapter 3, Rule 4.25

Information and Form Regarding the Evaluation of Pre-Legal Education and Law Study Completed and Contemplated

EVALUATION OF PRE-LEGAL EDUCATION

Students contemplating beginning law study who are unsure whether they have the necessary pre-legal education required by Business and Professions Code Section 6060 may file an application for Evaluation of Pre-Legal Education for a determination of their eligibility to begin law study. Law schools may file an application on behalf of a potential student. In order to be accepted for processing, the student or law school must ensure all necessary documents are submitted. These include:

 

EVALUATION OF LAW STUDY COMPLETED AND/OR CONTEMPLATED

Students who are unsure:

  1. if they qualify for or have established exemption from the First-Year Law Students’ Examination;
  2. how much credit they will receive for law study completed; and/or,
  3. how much more law study is required in order to qualify to take the California Bar Examination may file an application for Evaluation of Law Study Completed and/or Contemplated. Law schools may file an application on behalf of a currently enrolled or potential student.

In order to be accepted for processing, the law student must be registered with the State Bar of California’s Office of Admissions and ensure all necessary documents are submitted. These include:

Following receipt of an application for either of the above evaluations, the law student of law school official will be advised in writing of his/her status. An evaluation generally takes three to four weeks to complete.  Foreign-educated law students should not use either of these forms, but file an application for registration as a foreign-educated General Applicant.

Policy Regarding College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Rule 4.25(B) OF Title 4, Division 1 of the Rules of The State Bar of California (Admissions Rules)

Applicants who have not completed at least two years of college work in accordance with Rule 4.25(A) of the Admissions Rules and Section 6060(c)(1) of the California Business and Professions Code may satisfy the general education requirements that must be completed prior to beginning law study by attaining a score of 50 or higher on the following College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations, which are administered by the College Board:

1. Under Composition and Literature category, either

                                     College Composition*, or
                                     College Composition and Modular*;

AND

2. Two other examinations, each designed to correspond to full-year courses (6 semester hours each**) or four other examinations, each designed to correspond to semester courses (3 semester hours each*) that can be selected from any of the following subjects:

  • Composition and Literature (Humanities examination only)
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Social Science
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Business

Applicants must register to take the CLEP examinations directly with the College Board and request that score reports be forwarded by the College Board to the prospective law schools to which they are seeking admission. Applicants who are either requesting a general education evaluation or pursuing law study under the Committee of Bar Examiners’ Law Office Study program must have the College Board send official score reports to the State Bar’s Office of Admissions in Los Angeles, 845 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515. The score recipient code for the Office of Admissions is 7165.

Copies of informational brochures and registration forms are available at local colleges and universities, or by contacting: The College Board, P. O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600, 800-257-9558, www.collegeboard.com.

* Course Title changed effective July 1, 2010

** For the Summary of Credit Recommendations for the CLEP Examinations and further information, please contact The College Board at the above address.