UCLA requires that students take a standardized test for admission—either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). The LSAT or GRE must be taken no later than January 31, 2021 for students applying to the regular JD program.
Applicants to the Early Decision or Distinguished Scholars Programs must take the LSAT or GRE no later than October 31, 2020. Applicants to the Achievement Fellowship must take the LSAT or GRE no later than November 30, 2020.
Though we anticipate that most applicants will continue to apply with an LSAT score, UCLA Law does not have a preference in the admissions process for one test over another and will evaluate all applications holistically regardless of the test taken.
Students may choose which test to take; however please note the following guidelines:
- An applicant who takes both the LSAT and the GRE is required to submit all LSAT test scores from the last five years but may choose whether or not to submit their GRE score(s). However if the applicant elects to submit a GRE score in addition to the LSAT, the applicant must submit all GRE scores from the last five years.
- An applicant who only takes the GRE and not the LSAT must also submit all GRE scores from the last five years.
- GRE scores should be submitted directly to UCLA Law by the Educational Testing Service ("ETS"—the organization that administers the GRE) using UCLA Law's ETS school code 4837 and the department and major field code 5201.
- Applicants applying only with a GRE score are still required to subscribe to and utilize the LSAC Credential Assembly Service for the submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Beginning June 3, 2019, the LSAT writing sample will not be conducted at the same time as the LSAT exam—it will be an on-demand writing exam administered online. (For full details please visit: https://www.lsac.org/lsat/taking-lsat/lsat-writing-faqs.) Applicants should be aware that their application cannot be transmitted to UCLA Law for evaluation without an LSAC writing sample. Note that we will review applications as soon as they are complete and at least one LSAT writing sample has been submitted. Unfortunately, we are not able to wait to review your application if you decide to take additional writing sample tests.