Before applying to the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, a prospective student must arrange a preliminary interview through the Dean’s office. This purpose of this meeting is to get to know one another, and for both the candidate and the school to begin the mutual evaluation of one another’s ‘fit’ for the other. The decision to pursue the rabbinate is a complex one, involving many considerations, and early advice from the school can be useful. Applicants are encouraged to arrange this meeting in conjunction with a visit to the school. Most applicants find this to be most beneficial as it allows them to see the campus, meet the faculty and students, and get to know the environment. If an applicant lives outside of the Los Angelesarea and is unable to visit, a phone interview may be arranged. Should the normal travel schedule of the Dean or the Assistant Dean include a location close to the applicant, a meeting outside of Los Angelesmay be arranged. All inquiries regarding the preliminary interview should be directed to the ZieglerSchooloffice. Subsequently, final candidates for admission will receive a formal admissions interview with the full Committee on Admissions.