Juris Doctor Admissions
The admissions process for Oak Brook College is fairly extensive as it is our desire that all applicants proceed knowing that this is clearly the direction the Lord has for their lives. It is not an easy program and takes much time, diligence and perseverance to run this race.
Applications are accepted each year between February 1st and June 15th. Studies for accepted applicants begin with the orientation conference week in Oklahoma City the second 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 three factors: (1) academic qualifications, (2) knowledge of certain Biblical principles of life, and (3) commitment to the purposes and mission of the College.
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 applicants’ responsibility to make sure all the missing item(s) are delivered to the college. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions comittee.
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.
Applicants must have successfully completed at least two years of college work or demonstrated equivalent intellectual achievement (refer to "College Equivalency Pre-legal Qualification" below). The two years of college work must meet the following requirements:
"Two years of college work" means a minimum of sixty semester or ninety quarter units of college credit
- 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
- completed with a grade average adequate for graduation.
If an applicant does not have at least an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science (the State Bar of California does not accept Associates in Applied Science degrees), the admissions committee will most likely require the applicant to have an Evaluation of Pre-legal Education done by the State Bar of California. Oak Brook College encourages applicants to have an Evaluation of Pre-legal Education completed if there is any uncertainty of an applicants pre-legal education meeting the requirements. 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. If the evaluation is submitted during the months of February, June, July or October, allow for additional time due to the administration of the Bar Exam and the First Year Law Student's Exam.
Applicants desiring to meet the pre-legal education requirement using credits from a foreign institution will need to have a Credential Evaluation completed. Please click here for more information.
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 CollegePlus! and Verity Institute can decrease the time and expense related to earning a degree.
College Equivalency Pre-legal Qualification
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:
(Note: For OBCL requirements, do not complete the similarly named "College Composition Modular" exam)
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)
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
Although not a prerequisite to admission, all students are strongly advised to take the LSAT test. The LSAT is valuable to the applicant and the school in determining aptitude for the study of law. To determine times and locations for the LSAT contact Law Services, (215) 968-1001 or http://www.lsac.org/. The Oak Brook College‘s LSDAS code is 4810.
Though the LSAT exam is only recommended, the State Bar of California requires that each applicant have a LSAC number. The LSAC number can be obtained from the LSAC website at http://www.lsac.org/. Follow the “Create a JD account” link under the “Prospective Student” title. Applicants are required to list their LSAC number their application.
Because of the College's unique mission and its statement of faith, attendance of all the sessions of the Basic Life Principles Seminar sponsored by the Institute in Basic Life Principles is a prerequisite for admission. This seminar focuses on how to apply seven Biblical principles of life to resolve basic conflicts and discover purpose in life.
Applicants may complete the seminar requirement by watching the online videos on the Embassy Institute website (requires membership) at https://www.embassyinstitute.org/basic and then completing and returning the Basic Seminar Questionnaire, which can be downloaded by clicking here. Purchasing the Basic Seminar Textbook and Basic Seminar Workbook is recommended. Both texts can be purchased on the Embassy Institute’s website.
If you would prefer to attend a seminar in person, information can be obtained from the Institute in Basic Life Principles http://iblp.org/iblp/seminars/basic/ or by calling (903) 636-2000.
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.” As a writing sample, an applicant must submit a 5-7 page type-written paper discussing the applicant's 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.
Three personal evaluations are required for an application. The evaluation form can be downloaded by clicking here. This form must be used for the evaluation. You may not use an evaluator that is related to you. 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 (preferable), mailed or e-mailed to the college. If an evaluation form arrives without the applicant's information completed it will be discarded.