Admissions

The ability to pursue education intentionally and efficiently is a vital component of Oak Brook’s mission of training attorneys who are equipped spiritually, academically, and practically to serve with excellence. For this reason, Oak Brook allows direct entrance into both the Paralegal and Juris Doctor Degree programs without requiring an undergraduate degree. Students who wish to pursue this option may demonstrate the ability to perform the required level of work in a variety of ways, depending on the program they wish to enter.

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Admissions Process

The admissions process for Oak Brook College is for the purpose of determining whether a prospective student is aligned with the mission, philosophy, and worldview perspective of Oak Brook College and has a calling to study law from a Biblical and historical perspective. The admissions process is also to evaluate a student’s capacity to perform graduate-level coursework and ascertain his or her ability to succeed in a program which requires self-discipline, motivation, and persistence.

Applications are accepted between November 1st and June 15th each year. The timely application deadline is April 15th, after which the application fee increases from $75 to $200. The final application deadline is June 15th. All application items must be received by that date in order for your application to be considered for the current year. Studies for accepted applicants begin with the orientation conference week the second or third full week in August*.

To be admitted to Oak Brook College of Law, interested parties must complete the Application for Admission before the application deadline. Applications are reviewed with respect to two factors: (1) Convictions and Character related to the College’s Statement of Faith and its Statement of Mission; and (2) academic qualifications.

Review of an application generally takes 2-4 weeks from the time the file is complete. Applicants who have not completed all of the admissions items will be notified via e-mail. It is then the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all the missing item(s) are delivered to the college. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Once accepted, an applicant will be notified via e-mail. Enrollment paperwork will be sent approximately one week after the application deadline for the class the applicant is applying for.

*Orientation conference dates and location are subject to change.

Convictions & Character

Oak Brook College seeks to enroll students who agree to receive a legal education consistent with the College’s Statement of Faith and who share a commitment to the Statement of Mission of Oak Brook College. Evidence of an applicant’s convictions and character is found in personal reference recommendations, application responses, and by the applicant’s motivation for studying law.

Personal References

Three personal evaluations are required for an application. An applicant may not use an evaluator who is related to the applicant and must submit an evaluation from the applicant’s pastor. If the applicant happens to be related to the pastor, please contact us directly. The remaining two required evaluations may be completed by a friend, coworker, supervisor, etc. The forms may be faxed, mailed, or e-mailed to the college. The evaluation form can be downloaded below and must be used for the evaluation.

Writing Samples

Renewed Mind: The study of law from a historical and Biblical perspective involves more than learning “black letter” law and legal reasoning. It requires looking at the law with a “renewed mind.” Applicants must submit a 5-7 page type-written paper discussing their understanding of and response to the concepts and principles discussed in the book Renewing Your Mind as You Study Law. This book may be ordered from our online store.

Testimony: Applicants must a one-page written testimony of how they apply their Christian faith in their life the level of importance faith plays in daily living.

Academic Qualifications

Oak Brook College assesses the academic qualifications of each applicant by examining their academic record, test scores, and work history. Under California Law, students are permitted to begin their education in a juris doctor program if they have completed at least two years of college work, or demonstrate equivalent intellectual achievement. These provisions can be met a variety of ways, including through traditional college courses and CLEP examinations, allowing our students to significantly streamline and focus their education.

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.

College Work

“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
  • Business

*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
1-800-257-9558
https://clep.collegeboard.org/

LSAT

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/.

Printable Application

JD Application

JD Student Disclosure Statement and CA BUS & PROF §6061.7 Standardized Report
JD Personal Reference Evaluation
JD CLEP Info

Paralegal Program

Admissions Overview

The admissions process for Oak Brook College is for the purpose of determining whether a prospective student is aligned with the mission, philosophy, and worldview perspective of Oak Brook College and has a calling to study law from a Biblical and historical perspective. The admissions process is also to evaluate a student’s capacity to perform college-level coursework and ascertain his or her ability to succeed in a program which requires self-discipline, motivation, and persistence.

Applications for the Paralegal Program are accepted each year between March 1st and July 31st each year. To be admitted into the Oak Brook College Paralegal Program, interested parties must complete the application for admission before the application deadline. Applications are reviewed with respect to two factors: (1) Convictions and Character related to the College’s Statement of Faith and its Statement of Mission; and (2) academic qualifications. Review of an application generally takes 2-4 weeks from the time the file is complete. Applicants who have not completed all of the admissions items will be notified via e-mail. It is then the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all the missing item(s) are delivered to the college. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee. Once accepted, an applicant will be notified via e-mail. Enrollment paperwork will be sent approximately one week after the application deadline for the class the applicant is applying for.

Convictions & Character

Oak Brook College seeks to enroll students who agree to receive a legal education consistent with the college’s Statement of Faith and who share a commitment to the Statement of Mission of Oak Brook College. Evidence of an applicant’s convictions and character is found in personal reference recommendations, application responses, and by the applicant’s motivation for studying law.

Personal References

Three personal evaluations are required for an application. You may not use an evaluator who is related to you, and your pastor is to be used as one of the three required evaluators. If you happen to be related to your pastor, please contact us directly. The remaining two required evaluations may be completed by a friend, co-worker, supervisor, etc. The forms may be faxed, mailed, or e-mailed to the college. The evaluation form can be downloaded below and must be used for the evaluation.

Academic Qualifications

Oak Brook College assesses the academic qualifications of each applicant by examining the applicant’s academic record, test scores, work history, and three personal reference evaluations.

In order to be considered for admission into the program, an applicant must achieve a score of at least 50 on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) College Composition exam or the applicant must have completed an equivalent college-level composition course.

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
1-800-257-9558
https://clep.collegeboard.org/

Printable Application

Paralegal Application

Paralegal Personal Reference Evaluation
Paralegal Catolog
School Performance Fact Sheet
Paralegal Brochure

Contact the Admissions Office

  • 559.650.7755
  • info@obcl.edu
  • PO Box 26870 Fresno, CA 93729