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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are your passage rates?
    You can view our past and recent passage rates at https://ahulaw.com/ahulaw_passage_rates.php

  2. How do you compare to other distant learning institutions?
    Check out this page and see for yourself.

  3. Are on-campus degree programs available?
    No. Not at this time.

  4. Do you have graduation ceremonies?
    American Heritage University of Southern California holds formal graduation ceremonies in June. You can view our recent graduation ceremony on our Facebook page:

  5. How do I begin the admissions process?
    Prospective students must file an official Application for Admission and pay a fee of $50.00. In addition, potential students must submit the following:

    • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities previously attended (unofficial copies of the transcripts are acceptable during the initial evaluation for admission)
    • Copies of certified programs, training and workshops (optional)
    • Official documentation of all military schooling and /or training if applicable
    • Three reference letters stating that the student has the potential to complete a college program Upon receiving all required documents and meeting all standards for admission, students will be granted admission to AHUSC to pursue an academic program. At that time, students will also receive an Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) that provides the courses the student should take in a particular order to achieve his/her goals.

    You may click here to begin the application process.

  6. Do you require GMAT, LSAT or any other entrance exams?
    No. Seeking admissions into AHU School of Law is a simple process. We welcome diverse students from different backgrounds and experiences that can and will continue to contribute to our environment of educational excellence. The following are the minimum entrance requirements: (Must possess or complete one of the following):
    • Associates Degree or greater: Degree must be from an accredited US college or equivalent.
    • A combined total of 60 qualifying semester or 90 qualifying quarter units/credits or greater: Units/credits must be from an accredited US college or equivalent.
    • Must pass the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) requirements with a 50 or greater (satisfactory completion of exams): this solution is for all students who do not possess sufficient units.
    • For students with foreign degrees, a foreign, course-bycourse evaluation must be provided by one of the California Bar approved Evaluation Providers.
    • An official copy of all transcripts or evaluations must be received by Law School within 45 days from the start of class. Students must complete the admissions application, enrollment agreement, and sign any relevant disclosure statements. Students must also submit a resume and personal statement.

  7. Regarding the school year: Does it depend on my enrollment or does it begin on a specific date?
    The school year depends on your enrollment date. You may enroll at any time and begin your studies at once. In other words, students are allowed to make application and begin their studies at the next semester start date.

  8. Can I take an individual course?
    Only enrolled students and graduates may take additional individual courses (not part of a degree program). Additional information regarding this procedure is available from the respective Academic Dean.

  9. How long does it take to complete a course?
    All of the courses offered at AHUSC are now taught online. Each course is 8 weeks in length. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous and synchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. All required materials for each course are available online. Interaction within your assigned group and with the instructor is through an interactive classroom, electronic bulletin board, telephone, and email. For further information please refer to the AHUSC Law catalog.

  10. Are there any age restrictions?
    The University's programs are not designed for recent high school graduates. The programs are designed for mid-career adults who are capable of accepting a large measure of personal responsibility for their educational achievements. In 2003, the University awarded a 92-year-old woman her degree. A lifetime dream became a reality. As you can see, an educational goal can become a reality at any age.

  11. How do I apply?
    Prospective students must file an official Application for Admission and pay a fee of $50.00. In addition, potential students must submit the following:

    • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities previously attended (unofficial copies of the transcripts are acceptable during the initial evaluation for admission)
    • Copies of certified programs, training and workshops (optional)
    • Official documentation of all military schooling and /or training if applicable
    • Three reference letters stating that the student has the potential to complete a college program Upon receiving all required documents and meeting all standards for admission, students will be granted admission to AHUSC to pursue an academic program. At that time, students will also receive an Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) that provides the courses the student should take in a particular order to achieve his/her goals.

    Admission to AHUSC is granted without regard to race, gender, handicap, religion, or nationality. Admission to the programs of the University is based on academic qualifications and each student's potential to succeed.

  12. Can I get credit for classes that I have already completed?
    The institutionís policy allows transfer of course credit successfully completed at other accredited universities, colleges or institutions that comparably meet university course work requirements and standards, and which are documented on official transcripts. Each transcript is evaluated by the Office of the Registrar and the Dean to determine what course work can be transferred into the current program. An academic evaluation report is completed that identifies the comparable course and credit hours that apply to the program request. See the General Catalog for details.

  13. Do you offer payment plans on tuition?
    Yes. The University offers monthly tuition payment plans. This is explained in the Student Enrollment Agreementl.

  14. Is American Heritage University of Southern California an accredited university?
    No. We have been granted full approval to operate by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education and are currently seeking national accreditation.

    American Heritage University School of Law is not approved by the American Bar Association, and not accredited by the State Bar of California. The School of Law is registered with the State Bar of California to enable its graduates to take the bar examination upon competition of the Juris Doctor program.

    The School of Law Juris Doctorate (JD) Program is registered with the State of California, Committee of Bar Examiners. Applicants of the JD Program are advised to contact the State Bar if you have further questions or concerns.

    The Committee of Bar Examiners
    180 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Telephone: (415) 538.2303
    http://www.calbar.ca.gov/admissions

    The Bachelor of Science in Law (BSL) Program is separately licensed and governed as a degree granting institution by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Applicants of the BSL Program are advised to contact BPPE if you have further questions or concerns.


    Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
    2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 401
    Sacramento, CA 95833
    Toll Free: (888) 370.7589
    Fax: (916) 263.1897
    www.bppe.ca.gov

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