Admissions

COLLEGES OF LAW ADMISSIONS

We believe that the legal profession should reflect the diversity of the clients and communities it serves. Our student body is made up of individuals from all walks of life who have the passion, curiosity, and commitment to succeed in the study of law.

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OVERVIEW

The Colleges of Law student body is composed of working professionals and parents who bring to our campus a wide range of skills, ideas, and beliefs. Learning and working together in a collaborative environment that emphasizes discussion and debate, they develop a strong commitment to each other and to the justice system. A Colleges of Law graduate will serve their clients and communities with the cultural competence that comes from studying with a diverse, passionate cohort from different backgrounds and perspectives.

We admit students who have the qualities necessary to become engaged, civically-minded guardians of the rule of law—intellectual curiosity, a strong work ethic, respect for the legal system, and a passion for giving back to their communities through professional practice.

While our Admissions Committee evaluates the traditional criteria for law school admission (GPAs; test scores), other considerations—like life experience, maturity, moral character, ability to communicate, and employment or volunteer experience—may also play a vital part in the admissions decision.

J.D. Admissions Criteria at a Glance (Regular Students)*

  • One of the following from an accredited college or university:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Associate’s degree
    • 60 semester units of academic college credits
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • TOEFL scores or English composition class transcripts may be required of students for whom English is the second language

Applicants for the J.D. will not be required to take the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or any other graduate admissions test.

*Exceptionally well-qualified individuals without the credentials above may be accepted as special students. Eligible transfer students may also be admitted.

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MLS

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • TOEFL scores or English composition class transcripts may be required of students for whom English is the second language

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ADMISSIONS COUNSELING

Our admissions counselors welcome the opportunity to discuss how the Colleges of Law can help you achieve your educational and professional goals. They are available to review your qualifications for admission, offer guidance about meeting the Colleges’ admissions requirements, and assist in the application process. They can also answer questions about individual concerns, such as veteransʼ benefits, employer reimbursement, and testing requirements for applicants seeking admission as “special” students.

SCHEDULE AN ADMISSIONS APPOINTMENT

Santa Barbara Campus

Phone    805.979.9865

Envelope    [email protected]

Ventura Campus

Phone    805.979.9865

Envelope    [email protected]

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

We offer a range of informative, engaging events for prospective students, including a special workshop on law school success.

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Transfer Student Criteria

To be considered as a transfer student, no more than two years will have elapsed since the applicant was enrolled at the prior school. If more than two years have elapsed, you may apply for admission as a beginning student without transfer credit.

Transfer Credit

An applicant from an accredited law school may be admitted with transfer credit for courses successfully completed at the prior law school, up to a maximum of 30 semester units. An applicant from an unaccredited law school or correspondence law school may be admitted with transfer credit only if the applicant received a score of 580 or higher on the State Bar’s First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSX) and for courses tested on the FYLSX (Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law).

Enrollment Periods

Due to the cyclical nature of the Colleges’ course offerings, a transfer student admitted with advanced standing will be allowed to enroll only during a summer session or fall semester.

Admission After Prior Law School Disqualification

An applicant previously disqualified from, or without good standing at, a prior law school will rarely be admitted. However, the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee will consider such applicant’s admission on essentially the same basis applied to former students of the Colleges who apply for readmission after academic exclusion, as follows:

  • An application for immediate readmission (when less than two years have elapsed since academic disqualification) will be considered only if the applicant can substantiate that the exclusion was caused by exigent circumstances of an extreme, unavoidable, immediate, and personal nature.
  • An application for delayed readmission (when more than two years have elapsed since academic exclusion) must document that, during the period of exclusion, the applicant has engaged in work, study, or other activity which provides a compelling reason to conclude that there now exists a materially greater potential for success in a law degree program. The applicant must also submit an LSAT score (normally at or above the 50th percentile).

We’re committed to making law school affordable—allowing you to graduate without the stress of seemingly-insurmountable debt. In addition to offering reasonable tuition and fees, we’ll work with you to identify scholarships, loans, and student employment opportunities, and help you develop payment plans that fit your budget.

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A legal education should never feel unattainable simply because of the cost. At the Colleges of Law, reasonable tuition and fees and a range of potential financial aid options allow you to graduate with limited debt and a clear, unburdened path to your desired career.

TUITION RATES

The following tuition rates are effective for the 2019-2020 academic year.

J.D. Program Tuition: $827 per semester unit

Hybrid J.D. Program Tuition: $827 per semester unit

M.L.S Program Tuition: $650 per academic unit

PUBLIC SECTOR TUITION RATE

Beginning with the Fall I 2018 term, new Master of Legal Studies students employed in the public sector positions in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties may be eligible for the COL Public Sector Tuition Rate.

The rate will be determined for each fiscal year and remain in effect for that year only. Students receiving the COL Public Sector Tuition Rate will be subject to the rate established for that fiscal year. Changes to the COL Public Sector Tuition Rate will be closely tied to any subsequent change in the institution’s published tuition rates. The COL Public Sector Tuition Rate does not apply to institutional fees and charges, nor can it be combined with other special tuition rates.

The COL Public Sector Tuition Rate for COL in FY 2019 is $585 a unit. per unit for the MLS program (a 10% reduction from the published COL MLS tuition rate of $650 for FY19).

Eligibility: 

Must be employed in the public sector, either in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura county, at the time of application and provide proof of employment. Positions may include but are not limited to: County employee, federal employee, law enforcement, first responder, public school educator, transportation, health care, and social worker.

  • Must meet admissions requirements for the desired program and be accepted into the program
  • Must be pursuing a Master of Legal Studies
  • COL Public Sector Tuition Rate is applied to future terms only and is not retroactive
  • Must begin the degree program in Fall I 2018 or thereafter
  • Current students are not eligible

Continued Eligibility:

Student does not need to be continuously enrolled, but must return within 365 days of withdrawal date

Download the Public Sector Employee Attestation Form

TUITION PAYMENT PLANS

Tuition at the Colleges of Law is normally payable in full at the beginning of each semester or summer session. However, we offer a variety of payment plan options to fit each student’s individual financial circumstances. For more information, please call 888.308.0446.

FINANCIAL AID

We know that funding is an important consideration in completing your law degree. Our Financial Aid Department staff will help you fully understand the financial considerations ahead of you and are here to assist you as you apply for federal loans, scholarships, and other aid.

OUR FINANCIAL AID PROCESS

The Colleges of Law has a six-step process for applying for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Colleges of Law’s school code is 042501.
  2. If needed, provide documents requested by The Colleges of Law. Once we receive your FAFSA data and you have been offered admission, we will notify you of any documents needed prior to processing your award letter.
  3. Review and return Estimated Award Letter.
  4. Complete and e-sign Stafford Master Promissory Note at studentloans.gov.
  5. Complete Entrance Counseling at studentloans.gov.
  6. Receive a completion e-mail from your financial aid advisor. Financial Aid will post to your account after the Add/Drop period of each semester.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Furthering our commitment to providing affordable education to a diverse student body, we offer a range of scholarships and awards to continuing J.D. students.

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LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS

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MILITARY AND VETERAN TUITION RATES

We recognize the extraordinary contributions and sacrifice of those who have served in our United States Armed Forces. To address the needs of our service men and women, we continue to meet the criteria set by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE). Meeting these criteria allows veterans and active duty military personnel who attend the Colleges of Law to receive Title 38 funding from the Veterans Administration—making a legal degree rooted in excellence more accessible and affordable.

We also understand that adjusting to classroom culture may be challenging for some members of our armed services. Our faculty and staff are prepared to assist veterans and active military personnel throughout their entire The Colleges of Law experience.

The following tuition rates are effective for the 2019–2020 academic year.

J.D.: $744 per academic unit

M.L.S.: $585 per academic unit

To qualify for the Military and Veteran Tuition Rate, applicants must meet the CSAAVE criteria and submit the following materials:

Eligibility

Active-duty personnel:

  • Completed Military and Veteran Tuition Rate Application
  • Branch of service information
  • Copy of most recent earnings statement/pay stub
  • Statement from commanding officer on official letterhead

Veterans:

  • Completed Military and Veteran Tuition Rate Application
  • Copy of the DD214

Additional Eligibility Information

  • Applicants must meet all admissions requirements prior to being admitted into a Colleges of Law program.
  • A student utilizing the GI Bill® must work closely with School Certifying Officials to make sure that all necessary documents are on file prior to the certification of enrollment with the Veterans Administration.
  • The Military and Veteran Tuition Rate is applied to future terms only and is not retroactive for current or prior terms.
  • The Colleges of Law will certify enrollment each term unless otherwise notified.
  • The Military and Veteran Tuition Rate may not be combined with other special tuition rates.
  • Tuition rates are subject to change annually.
  • Students may be required to resubmit documentation annually.
  • Those who qualify for the veterans and active military tuition rate are also eligible for COL scholarships.
  • Applications for admission to the educational programs offered by The Colleges of Law are evaluated without regard to or discrimination based upon race, color, sex, religion, age, national ancestry or origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

Additional Fees

The following tuition rates and fees are effective for the 2019-2020 academic year. Not all fees will apply to every student.

J.D. Program Fees

Special Materials Fee Determined per course
Payment Plan Application Fee $50.00 per plan
Hybrid J.D. Residency Fee $175.00 per semester
Late Payment Fee $50.00 per late payment
Late Registration Fee $100.00 per semester or session
Add/Drop Class Fee $35.00 per occurrence
Administrative Fee upon withdrawal (term or session) $150.00 per withdrawal (semester or session)
Returned Check Fee $25.00 per check
Transcript Fee $15.00 per transcript
Letter of Standing Fee $40.00 per request plus $10.00 each additional letter with request
Late ExamSoft Examination Upload Fee $125.00 per exam
$125.00 per exam $100.00 per exam
Make-up Examination Drafting Fee Not less than $400.00 per examination
Additional Diploma Fee$45.00 per diploma
BARBRI Supplement Fee (transfer students only) $36.00 for each unit of transfer credit awarded

M.L.S. Program Fees

Administrative Fee (on early withdrawal) $150.00
Returned Check or Debit Card Payment Fee $25.00 per occurrence
Late Payment Fee $50.00 per late payment
$50.00 per late payment $50.00 per late payment
Transcript Request $15.00 per transcript
Books and Supplies Determined per course
Commencement Fee $200.00

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about funding your education at the Colleges of Law, our Financial Aid department is here to help.

Phone 888.308.0446

Envelope [email protected]

COLLEGES OF LAW EVENTS

Prospective students are invited to our on-campus or virtual information sessions to learn more about the Colleges of Law.

Hosted by our Admissions Director, these one-hour meetings provide a brief look into the life of a student at the Colleges of Law—from first-year orientation to graduation. Weʼll discuss the benefits of earning a legal education at the Colleges, what happens in a typical law school class, and how our curriculum helps students prepare for careers in the legal field. Weʼll also answer questions about the application process and options for financing your education. One of our alumni is usually on hand to offer personal insight into what attending law school is really like.

For those who can’t easily join us on campus for an information session, we also hold virtual sessions—all you need is a computer with internet access. Prior to the event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to participate.

FEBRUARY 2020

WEDNESDAY 5: 12:00 pm Online Information Session – Master of Legal Studies

TUESDAY 11: 6:30 pm Information Session – Ventura

WEDNESDAY 12: 6:30 pm Information Session – Santa Barbara

SATURDAY 22: 9:30 am Hybrid J.D. Information Session

MARCH 2020

TUESDAY 17: 6:30 pm Law School 101 – Ventura

SCHOLARSHIPS

We’re committed to providing our students with excellent legal education at an affordable cost. Our scholarships—made possible through the generosity of alumni and other friends of the Colleges—allow us to extend these opportunities even more broadly.

ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS

$1,000 | Non-renewable
Qualified first-year J.D. students will receive a $500 nonrefundable credit at the beginning of each of their first two semesters.

Eligibility requirements:

  • A recommendation letter from a Colleges of Law graduate on official letterhead, indicating graduation campus and year. This letter should be submitted with initial application materials, along with the other recommendation letter(s) required for admission.
  • Continuous enrollment in the J.D. program during the first year of study
  • Satisfactory academic progress in the first year of study

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIPS

Up to $2,000 – not renewable

Recipients of the Dean’s Scholarship are selected based on their past dedication and anticipated future contributions to service, academic excellence, and the Colleges of Law. To be eligible for consideration applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a new incoming student
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2
  • Demonstrated prior service contributions, academic excellence, and achievements

Dean’s Scholarships are awarded based on available funds and through a committee comprising faculty and administration.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COL STUDENTS

Amounts vary | Non-renewable

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and donors, COL offers additional scholarships for incoming students. Contact our Admissions team for more information: 805-765-9719; [email protected].

Additionally, merit scholarships are offered to continuing COL students who are recognized at our annual awards night honoring outstanding academic accomplishments.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

At each campus, J.D. students in each class year with the three highest cumulative grade point averages as of the end of the preceding academic year will receive a scholarship of: $750 to #1 in the class, $400 to #2 in the class and $200 to #3 in the class.

LOCAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Other local community organizations also provide scholarships for which J.D. students may be eligible, including:

LEGAL PUBLISHER’S AWARDS

The Witkin Institute presents certificates to the top-ranked students in qualifying courses in recognition of California’s preeminent legal scholar, Bernard E. Witkin.

INFORMATION ON LOAN REPAYMENT

*The information and opinions expressed herein represent the independent opinions and ideas of iGrad and do not represent the opinions or ideas of The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law.

LOAN REPAYMENT CALCULATOR

Student loans may seem to be a convenient option for students, but it is important to know how loan fees and interest rates can increase your total amount owed. To better understand how much your education may cost over time, visit the loan repayment calculator here.

California Business and Professions Code Section 6061.7 and The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires all schools like The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) to disclose certain information to current and prospective students. COL created this page to fulfill its responsibilities under both laws.

Click here to read COL’s Business and Professions Code Section 6061.7(a) Information Report.

INSTITUTIONAL AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

EDUCATIONAL RECORDS

GENERAL INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION

STUDENT AND INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES

STUDENT OUTCOMES

HEALTH AND SAFETY

FOR OUR STUDENTS

MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES DISCLOSURE

The M.L.S. program does not qualify graduates to sit for California’s Bar Examination, nor does it satisfy requirements for admission to practice law in California. Prospective students who wish to practice law should consider the J.D. program after carefully reviewing the J.D. program information in this section. Please read the following statement, which is provided in compliance with State Bar requirements:

Except as provided in Rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

The following information provides links to help prospective students learn about Federal Loans and other student financial aid.

Federal Loan Programs

The Colleges of Law participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, in which borrowers obtain loan funds directly from the US Department of Education. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans both fall under this program.

GI Bill® Benefits

Veterans may qualify to use GI Bill® benefits at The Colleges of Law.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program subsidizes employment for students with financial need. The program encourages community service and work related to your course of study.

  • Your hourly wage is set by The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law as your employer; it may vary depending on the responsibilities of your position.
  • Your total work-study award is based on financial need and available funding.
  • Student employees are paid every two weeks.
  • Students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week during periods of enrollment.

To find out if you are eligible for federal work-study, please contact the financial aid office at [email protected]

Eligible students may apply for any open work-study positions.

Contact Alexis Burdick, Business Manager, if you have questions regarding job announcements and hiring forums: [email protected]

Loans for International Students

Some privately funded student loans, such as those provided by eduPASS are available to non-US citizens, provided there is a co-signer who is a US citizen.

Canadian students may use both the Canada and provincial loan programs to fund their education at The Colleges of Law.

Tax Credits

For further assistance, contact The Colleges of Law’s staff via email at [email protected] or call 888.308.0446.

MILITARY & VETERANS

Colleges of Law (COL) students are working professionals who bring a wide range of skills and experiences to our academic community. Together they learn in an environment that emphasizes collaboration over competition. COL admits students who have the qualities necessary to become engaged, civically-minded guardians of the rule of law. Successful attributes include intellectual curiosity, a strong work ethic, respect for the legal system, and a passion for giving back to their communities through professional practice.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

J.D. Admissions Criteria at a Glance (Regular Students)*

  • One of the following from an accredited college or university:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Associate’s degree
    • 60 semester units of academic college credits
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • TOEFL scores or English composition class transcripts may be required of students for whom English is the second language

Applicants for the J.D. will not be required to take the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or any other graduate admissions test.

*Exceptionally well-qualified individuals without the credentials above may be accepted as special students. Eligible transfer students may also be admitted.

MLS Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • TOEFL scores or English composition class transcripts may be required of students for whom English is the second language

Applicants for the M.L.S. will not be required to take the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or any other graduate admissions test.

Note: Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admission rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

MILITARY AND VETERAN TUITION RATES

We recognize the extraordinary contributions and sacrifice of those who have served in our United States Armed Forces. To address the needs of our servicemen and women, we meet the criteria set by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Meeting these criteria allows veterans and active-duty military personnel who attend the Colleges of Law to receive Title 38 funding from the Veterans Administration—making a legal degree rooted in excellence more accessible and affordable.

We also understand that adjusting to classroom culture may be challenging for some members of our armed services. Our faculty and staff are prepared to assist veterans and active military personnel throughout their entire The Colleges of Law experience.

The following tuition rates are effective for the 2019–2020 academic year:
J.D.: $744 per academic unit
M.L.S.: $585 per academic unit
Click here for the full tuition and fees schedule.

Average annual book costs for the JD program is $500–$1,200.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Military and Veteran Tuition Rate, applicants must meet the criteria and submit the following materials:

ACTIVE-DUTY PERSONNEL:

  • Completed Military and Veteran Tuition Rate Application
  • Branch of service information
  • Copy of most recent earnings statement/pay stub
  • Statement from commanding officer on official letterhead
  • Prospective students are directed to receive approval from the student’s ESO, military counselor or Service

Veterans:

  • Completed Military and Veteran Tuition Rate Application
  • Copy of the DD214

Additional Eligibility Information

  • Applicants must meet all admissions requirements prior to being admitted into a Colleges of Law program.
  • A student utilizing the GI Bill® must work closely with School Certifying Officials to make sure that all necessary documents are on file prior to the certification of enrollment with the Veterans Administration.
  • The Military and Veteran Tuition Rate is applied to future terms only and is not retroactive for current or prior terms.
  • The Colleges of Law will certify enrollment each term unless otherwise notified.
  • The Military and Veteran Tuition Rate may not be combined with other special tuition rates.
  • Tuition rates are subject to change annually.
  • Students may be required to resubmit documentation annually.
  • Those who qualify for the veterans and active military tuition rate are also eligible for COL scholarships.
  • Applications for admission to the educational programs offered by The Colleges of Law are evaluated without regard to or discrimination based upon race, color, sex, religion, age, national ancestry or origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

COL Military Veteran Tuition Rate Application

Accessing VA Information for COL Students

Contact COL’s VA representative: 805-765-9302; [email protected]

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY AND VETERANS

Please review the scholarship tab on the admissions page for ALL scholarship opportunities.

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGES OF LAW

  1. Schedule a campus or phone meeting with the Office of Admissions to go over the application process
    – Ventura Campus: 805-765-9719
    – Santa Barbara Campus: 805-979-9865
  2. Complete the application
  3. For those eligible for GI benefits, complete the GI Bill® application
    – Print eligibility form with confirmation number
    – Return/mail/email form as an attachment to the Office of Admissions
  4. Send ALL previously attended school OFFICIAL transcripts to: The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law:
    – Ventura Campus: 4475 Market Street, Ventura, CA 93003
    – Santa Barbara Campus: 20 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  5. Click here for accreditation information, including programmatic accreditation

Click here for all Consumer Disclosures.

ADDITIONAL GI BILL® BENEFITS

MILITARY TRANSCRIPTS REQUEST

TUITION ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.