Why Become a Legal Scholar?

Gain an edge in law school when you prepare with the Pacific Legal Scholars Program. This is a highly selective, seven-unit program designed to expose students to the legal field and prepare them for the rigors of law school.

How to Apply

The Legal Scholars Program is a highly selective program that is interested in selecting 12-15 students per year. Please review the application criteria below to determine if you are eligible to apply. If you are eligible and wish to apply, you should indicate Pacific Legal Scholars as a "pre-professional program" on your application to the university or contact the Outreach Coordinator for the next steps in the application process.

Why Become a Legal Scholar?
Pacific Legal Scholar Kyle Wohlgemuth

The Pacific Legal Scholars Program was one of the reasons political science major Kyle Wohlgemuth decided to enroll at Pacific. That decision has led to some extraordinary experiences.

Application and Selection Process

Students will graduate with the degree of their choice. They will complete seven units of required Legal Scholars curriculum, through a 3+3 or 4+3 track, in addition to their major and general education.

  • 3+3 track: 3.5 GPA and 1320 SAT (30 ACT)
  • 4+3 track: 3.5 GPA and 1250 SAT (28 ACT)
  • SAT based on Math + Critical Reading only
  • GPA is cumulative and unweighted

  • Freshmen and sophomores only (fewer than 60 transferrable units)
  • 3.5 cumulative college GPA and 1250 SAT (28 ACT)
  • High school transcripts are considered for those with fewer than 30 units
  • Consideration for the 3+3 track is on a case-by-case basis

  • Indicate Pacific Legal Scholars as a "pre-professional program" on your application to the University or contact the Outreach Coordinator
  • Respond to an email or mailing from the program

  • Qualified students who have already been admitted to the University will be invited to interview
  • Legal Scholars interviews have no impact on your admission to University of the Pacific
  • You will receive a decision notification in March or April (depending on interview date)
  • The program can only accommodate 12-15 students per freshman class
  • If accepted to Legal Scholars, you must confirm your enrollment to the University and Legal Scholars by May 1

  • Outstanding candidates may receive a $3,000 renewable scholarship
  • Scholarships are awarded based on merit and the interview
  • Recipients will be notified in their acceptance letter in March or April (depending on interview date)

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