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Application for Admission

Juris Doctor Programs

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Individuals interested in determining their eligibility for enrollment in the Juris Doctor Programs offered by Taft Law School may do so by completing the following form. Completing this form does not guarantee your admission to the Program and does not obligate you to enroll should you be accepted for admission.

You should carefully read the School's General Catalog, Juris Doctor Attorney Track and the Juris Doctor Executive Track Catalog Supplement before completing this application.

There is no application fee unless you are applying as a special applicant or seeking transfer credit for prior law study in which case you will need to submit a $100.00 evaluation fee and copies of prior transcripts for our evaluation. All information you provide will be utilized for the sole purpose of determining your eligibility for admission to the School of Law. It will not be disclosed to any other party for any other purpose.

These Programs are subject to enrollment capacity limitations. If you are accepted for admission to the Program, to guarantee your enrollment, you will need to pay an “Enrollment Commitment Fee” in the amount of $100.00.

This Commitment Fee guarantees an approved applicant’s admission to the Program at anytime within the next six months and locks in tuition at current levels during this period of time.

This Application will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete, excluding the required writing sample. If you prefer to submit the Application by fax or mail, a printable PDF version is available here.


You should not submit this application until all required information is available.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Required information is noted by an asterisk ( * ).
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Section I

PERSONAL DATA:

* I am applying for admission to: (choose one)


(Please be sure your name matches the name on your Social Security card.)


* Do you expect to reside in the United States during your term of enrollment?  

Gender:   

* Date of Birth (Month/Day/Year):

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* Do you expect your tuition will be reimbursed in whole or part by your employer's tuition reimbursement plan?  
* Do you prefer the existence of this application and any subsequent enrollment be kept confidential from your employer?  
* Have you ever been convicted of any crime (other than minor traffic violations)?  
* Are you currently incarcerated?  
Do you hold any professional licenses?  
 
* Do you have regular Internet access and basic E-Mail skills?  
* Do you have basic skills in Microsoft Windows®?  
* Do you have basic skills in Microsoft Word®?  
How did you hear about our law school programs?







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Section II

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

(Other than Previous Law Study)

* Have you graduated from high school?  

If you did not graduate from high school, did you earn a G.E.D?  
* Have you earned any of the following degrees from a school or university accredited in the United States?  

If Yes, check the box to the left of the degree below and fill in the text field below the degree with the information. For each, name the institution, city and state of its location, month and year degree awarded, your major, if applicable, and your estimated grade point average.

Official transcripts of all prior college study must be received by Taft Law School within 45 days after your first class begins.






 





 





 





 





 





 





 
* Have you earned a degree from a college or university outside of the United States?  
If so, have you had a U.S. Credential Evaluation done for this degree?  





 
* Are you currently enrolled at another school?  

* Have you taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)? Note: Applicants are not required to take the LSAT.
 
If yes, when did you take it and what was your score?
 
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Section III

EXISTING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW:

(Including Prior Law Study)

* Have you ever enrolled in any resident, distance learning, or correspondence law school in the past?  
If yes, are you eligible to return to your law school in good standing?
 

Please list the names and locations (city and state) of any previous law schools you attended, as well as the number of units completed and the dates you attended each one:

Name of the School City and State Number of Semester Units Earned Dates Attended

If you are seeking transfer credit you must submit a copy of your transcript to Taft Law School at the time of application.

* Have you ever taken any law courses (graduate or undergraduate - other than law school courses) in the past?  
* Have you acquired substantive knowledge of the law through your employment or life experiences?  
If you answered "Yes" to any of the previous questions in this section, please check any subjects below which you believe you have better than average knowledge.

If you answered "No", skip to the next section.













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Section IV

APTITUDE FOR NON-CLASSROOM STUDY:

Complete the following quiz by selecting one answer to each question. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. The purpose of the quiz is to help us determine if distance learning instruction is a good option for you.

(Please check the appropriate box for each question)

* 1. Having face-to-face interaction with my instructors and fellow students is:

* 2. I believe the study of law through distance education is:

* 3. I would classify myself as someone who:

* 4. Classroom discussions are:

* 5. When a college professor hands out instructions for an assignment, I prefer:

* 6. When it comes to assessing my own progress, I:

* 7. My need to study law through distance education is:

* 8. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the average amount of time I have to study on a weekly basis is:

* 9. When I am asked to use software or technologies that I haven't used before (such as e-mail, chat rooms, electronic classrooms):

* 10. If I had to describe my predominant learning style/preference, I would say it is:

* 11. My personal and professional schedule is:

* 12. My motivation to earn a law degree is:

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Section V

WRITING SKILLS

* Writing skills are important to success in law school and success as a practicing attorney.

In the box below,

The writing sample will be used by the Admissions Office to assess your writing ability, your readiness to pursue law study, and your potential for success in the Taft Law School's Juris Doctor Programs.

After completing your writing sample draft, in a word processing program, cut and paste it into the text field below. (The text field will expand)



Required Disclosures by Program

Juris Doctor – Attorney Track Program

The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor - Attorney Track (J.D.) degree program is principally by correspondence. Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Title 4, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admissions Rules) as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students' Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school's J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school's J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

Juris Doctor – Executive Track Program

The method of instruction at this law school for professional law degree programs other than for the Juris Doctor - Attorney Track degree is principally by correspondence.

Completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor - Attorney Track degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the 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 seek to qualify to sit for the bar examination or for admission to practice for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.



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