Following is a list of documents that must be received by the PCL Office before an application for admittance may be processed. We have provided this list to assist applicants in keeping track of the required documentation as they move through the admissions process. Links to the downloadable application for admission and other forms are at the bottom of this page. Please read this entire page before completing the application. The application must be completed and submitted to the school at the address below along with all of the documents listed here.
Peoples College of Law
660 South Bonnie Brea Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
- Regular Student Admissions: A person is eligible to apply to the law school as a candidate for the degree of Juris Doctorate (J.D.), if she or he has received a Bachelor’s Degree at an approved college or university or has completed at least two years of college credit leading toward a B.A. (Sixty semester units or ninety quarter units). Guideline 5.321
- Special Student Admissions: A person who does not meet the above requirements may also be admitted if she or he has successfully taken and passed the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam. Guideline 5.33. CLEP Information
- Students with Studies in Foreign Countries: For evaluation of foreign study, a list of credential evaluation services approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners has been provided in the application packet.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit three letters of recommendation. They must be received by the Admissions Committee before a final determination on admission is reached. Download Recommendation Form
A photograph of the applicant is required for the security of the school.
D. Non-Refundable Filing Fee
A $50.00 non-refundable filing fee must be submitted by check or money order made payable to “Peoples College of Law” before June 15th. The filing fee after June 15th is $70.00. We will not begin processing your application until the filing fee is received.
E. Application and Disclosure Statement
Please read, print out, complete, sign and submit. A link to the application and disclosure statement is provided below.
Upon receipt of all the information requested including the completed application, the applicant will be notified of a personal interview with three persons of the Admissions Committee. If the applicant cannot participate in an in-person interview, they may request a telephone interview. The Committee will take into account the fact that Third World, Women, and LGBT applicants may prefer to be interviewed by members of the same group. An applicant may request this consideration at the time the interview date is set.
Once the applicant is interviewed by the Admissions Committee, the committee will then make a recommendation to the PCL Board. The PCL Board will either vote to admit or deny admission to the applicant.
Applicants will be notified by mail and/or telephone as soon as a decision is reached.
General Information Regarding the Admissions Process:
PCL’s recruitment and admissions policies are strongly directed toward socio-politically conscious Native American, Asian, Black and Latina/o students. Our goal is to have a student body that is at least half women and two/thirds Third World People. Peoples College of Law affirmatively recruits LGBT applicants.
All applicants with demonstrated social commitment will be considered for admission. The admission policy gives preference to those applicants who demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Admissions committee, that they are committed to the use of law as an instrument for social change; to protect the rights of the oppressed and disenfranchised groups of this society; and to serve as Peoples lawyers.
To determine if an applicant is qualified, the applicant will be assessed based on the goals of the school and on an objective evaluation of the information furnished by the applicant through the application, the personal interview and the recommendation letters sent to us by the applicant’s references.
Students coming to PCL from other states are welcome, but they should be aware that most states require that graduates from unaccredited law schools practice law for a period of time in the state where their degree is granted before they will be permitted to practice in their home state. Out-of-State applicants should contact their state Bar Association for specific regulations.