JD Academic Qualifications
In accordance with Rule 4.25(A) of the Admissions Rules and Section 6060(c)(1) of the California Business and Professions Code, before beginning the study of law, a law school applicant must have completed at least two years of college work or demonstrated equivalent intellectual achievement.
“Two years of college work” means a minimum of sixty semester or ninety quarter units of college credit:
1. Equivalent to at least half that required for a bachelor’s degree from a college or university that has degree-granting authority from the state in which it is located; and
2. Completed with a grade average adequate for graduation.
An official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution or, if no bachelor’s degree has been earned, official transcripts of all prelaw studies, and transcripts of any graduate studies must be submitted for all applicants, whether the applicant intends to meet the academic qualifications through college work or through demonstrated equivalent intellectual achievement (CLEP). Transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution.
If an applicant does not have at least an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree (the State Bar of California does not accept Associates in Applied Science degrees) from a California institution, the admissions committee may require the applicant to have an Evaluation of Pre-legal Education done by the State Bar of California. This evaluation should be completed prior to application submission and a copy of the State Bar reply letter included with your application. Information about the Evaluation of Pre-legal Education can be found by clicking here. Please allow the State Bar of California 4-8 weeks for the evaluation to be reviewed.
Applicants desiring to meet the pre-legal education requirement using credits from a foreign institution must have a Credential Evaluation completed by an organization approved by the State Bar of California. Information can be found by clicking here.
Applicants should be aware that there are non-traditional options for completing a degree that could meet the pre-legal education requirements set by the State Bar of California. Programs such as Unbound can decrease the time and expense related to earning a degree.
Equivalent Intellectual Achievement (CLEP)
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:
- College Composition
(Note: For OBCL requirements, do not complete the similarly named “College Composition Modular” exam, this is a separate exam that will not satisfy the school’s application requirements.)
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
(College Composition & Humanities examination only)
- Foreign Languages
- History and Social Sciences
- Science and Mathematics
*For a list of CLEP examinations and the recommended semester hours for each examination, click here.
Applicants must register to take the CLEP examinations directly with the College Board and request that score reports be submitted by the College Board to Oak Brook College. The score recipient code for Oak Brook College is 7675. 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
The LSAT test is valuable to the applicant and the school in determining aptitude for the study of law. Unless waived by the College, all applicants should take the LSAT test and submit the results to the College as part of the application process. To determine times and locations for the LSAT contact Law Services, (215) 968-1001 or http://www.lsac.org/.
Do you hold to the mission, philosophy, and worldview perspective of Oak Brook College and do you believe you have a calling to study law from a Biblical and historical perspective? If so, click the admissions button below.