UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HASTINGS
Students currently attending an ABA/AALS accredited law school are eligible to transfer to UC Hastings. A student must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 semester units to be considered for transfer, and may transfer a maximum of 30 semester units. In order to be awarded a UC Hastings J.D., a student must successfully complete a minimum of 56 units while enrolled at UC Hastings as a full-time student for no fewer than four semesters. Transfer applicants may apply for the fall only. The application deadline is July 1.
- Application and $75.00 application fee. Submit electronically via the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
- Personal Statement describing background, academic history, professional experience, and personal accomplishments as well as reasons for transferring to UC Hastings. Submit via the CAS.
- Two letters of recommendation submitted through the CAS; preferably from law school faculty.
- Official transcript of all law school work, complete through the spring. This must be mailed directly from your current law school to UC Hastings at the address below.
- Letter of good standing from your current law school written on letterhead and signed by an appropriate law school official (usually an Academic Dean or a Director of Records). The letter should be mailed directly to UC Hastings, Office of Admissions, 200 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102
- Résumé. Submit via the CAS.
An updated CAS report that includes two current letters of recommendation (UC Hastings will request this directly from LSAC).
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
If you have attended another ABA-accredited law school and performed well, you may apply for admission with advanced standing. Considerations include available space at the UH Law Center, academic records at all previous schools, and compelling circumstances.
The Office of Admissions requires the following from transfer or visiting applicants:
- To be completed online:
completed application form
non-refundable application fee of $70
personal statement on reasons for transfer or visit
- To be completed and sent via LSAC:
official CAS report (previously called the LSDAS report) (including two letters of recommendation)
- To be sent via mail to the UHLC Office of Admissions:100 Law Center, Houston, TX 77204-6060
official law school transcript (reflecting complete first-year grades)
letter from your law school attesting to your good standing and class rank
(visiting students only) letter from your law school stating that credits earned at the Law Center will be accepted toward degree requirements.
Admission as a transfer student is very competitive, and first consideration is given to applicants who have performed extremely well in their law school careers. Transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of the first year of law school and all or most of the Law Center’s first-year required courses (Torts, Property, Contracts, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing.) Transfer applicants may transfer a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit, with hours rather than grades noted on your final UH Law Center transcript. Transfer applications will not be considered with fewer than 22 graded hours. *Transfers are allowed only in the Fall semester.*
The early decision transfer deadline is July 5, 2013. The regular decision transfer deadline is July 15, 2013. Please be advised for those students that are interested in participating in the Fall On-Campus Interviews (OCI), you will have to apply by the early decision deadline. Only early decision applicants will be guaranteed to have decisions in time to participate in Early Fall On-Campus Interviews. While the committee will try to accommodate applications whose 1L grades are available just after the deadline, we cannot guarantee the committee’s ability to do so for applications who miss the early decision deadline.
Write-On Competition Policy for Transfer Students- The following information applied to the Fall 2012 application cycle. This information will be updated for the Fall 2013 application cycle in June 2013.
Students applying to transfer to the University of Houston Law Center may participate in the June 16 –July 5 competition as prospective transfers OR the July 28 –Aug. 8 competitions as admitted transfers. If you participate in the earlier competition, you will not be notified of the results until after your admissions status has been determined. This change has been implemented to permit transfer students who are admitted to the University and invited to join a journal to participate in firm recruiting events over the summer. If grades from your 1L school have not been released by June 16, you may still participate in the earlier competition, however, an invitation to join a journal is contingent on 1) admission to the University and 2) attainment of the journal’s grade requirements.
For more information on the Law Center’s Write-On Competition, please visit the Houston Law Review’s website at: http://www.houstonlawreview.org/about/write-on-competition/
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
The Office of Admissions welcomes transfer students each year for the J.D. program. In order to be eligible for transfer, you must be a student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Most successful transfer students are in the top half of their law school class. Our review process is holistic and considers all the information you submit, but we pay particular attention to your performance in the first year of law school.
Transfer applicants may receive a conditional acceptance by submitting an application for transfer immediately after completing the first semester of law school. Applications for conditional acceptance may be submitted as early as January 1, and must include a transcript showing first-semester grades and class rank (if available). Conditional acceptances are based on continued and consistent academic success, and applicants will be required to submit second semester grades when they are available, along with an updated transcript and class rank.
Transfer applicants must comply with the general application instructions. In addition, transfer applicants should submit:
A letter from the dean of the law school you are presently attending, stating that you are in good standing and eligible to continue your studies there.
An official transcript showing your grades and class standing at the end of the first year.
If your school will permit, you may send a photocopy of your CAS report, including your undergraduate transcript(s). If you are accepted, it will be necessary for you to furnish an official transcript from your undergraduate institution showing the award of your undergraduate degree. It will also be necessary for you to submit an official transcript from the law school you are presently attending.
Incoming transfer students working in qualifying public sector positions are eligible for funding through the School of Law’s Summer Stipend Program. Qualifying public sector employment is unpaid, law-related work for a government agency, public interest organization or the judiciary. To qualify for a full stipend of $2500, you must work full-time for at least eight weeks between May and August 2013. Detailed program guidelines are available on the Career Development Office Web site. To apply, submit a Summer Stipend Application to the Career Development Office by May 24, 2013. Note that you do not need to complete an Intent to Participate form, but all other guidelines apply. If you do not enroll in the School of Law in fall 2013, you will be required to repay the summer stipend.
You may contact the Career Development Office with questions regarding the program.
A student who desires to transfer to Baylor Law School from another American Bar Association-accredited school and has completed at least two semesters as a full-time student may apply as a transfer student to Baylor Law School.
The primary factors considered for admissions are the applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average, LSAT score(s), and previous law school performance (GPA and class rank).
A transfer applicant must submit the following items through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC):
An application for admission. Use Baylor Law School’s standard application and simply check the box for transfer admission.
A letter of good standing from the Dean of your current law school.
An official transcript showing your law school grades for all terms attended.
A copy of your CAS report. When you submit your application through LSAC, a CAS report will automatically be requested.
An essay explaining why you want to transfer to Baylor Law School.
The application form must be received during the following time frames:
- Spring 2013: between November 1, 2012 and December 1, 2012 Summer 2013: between February 1, 2013 and March 1, 2013 Fall 2013: between May 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013 Winter 2013: between August 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013
For detailed information regarding how many hours will be accepted as transfer credit and for other information, please click here.
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Admissions Committee will consider transfer applicants who have completed their first year of full-time study at another law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Academic performance and rank in class at the previously attended school are important factors in the evaluation process, and the transfer student must possess credentials comparable to those of the class to which (s)he is applying.
Deadlines to Remember
|July 1||Application deadline for Fall semester|
|December 1||Application deadline for Spring semester|
Note:**All required documents must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) except your letter of good standing and letter of rank. Do not send any other documents directly to our office unless specifically requested to do so.
Things to Know:
Application along with all required documentation must be in by the deadline.
Transfer students admitted must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours of the 90 hours required to graduate from the College of Law. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be transferred from another ABA accredited law school.
No credit for advanced standing will be allowed for courses completed at law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association.
No credit for advanced standing will be allowed for any law school course completed with a grade lower than a C or its equivalent.
Students ineligible for readmission to another law school will not be admitted to Georgia State Law.
Submission of supplemental materials subsequent to your initial application is strongly discouraged. This includes application addendums and replacement items.
Personal interviews are not granted but you can schedule to attend an Information Session.
Steps to Apply
*Online Application *Complete the online application and submit it along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee, paid by debit card, credit card or online check through LSAC.
*Personal Statement * Attach a typed personal statement electronically to your online admissions file to support your application with anything you wish to say about yourself and your abilities, interests or personal history. The personal statement should be no more than two pages double spaced.
LSAC Law School Report Contact LSAC to initiate your LSAC Law School Report, which the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) will forward to us once they have received all required documentation for your application, including your official LSAT score(s), transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate and law school work, and letters of recommendation.
LSAT Score(s) Your LSAT scores must be made available to the College of Law, which will request these scores from LSAC upon receipt of your application. For more information or test registration, go to www.lsac.org.
Letters of Recommendation The College of Law requires two letters of recommendation, no more than two years old, which must be submitted through your LSAC Law School Report. (Instructions for this service, which is included in your CAS registration, are available at www.LSAC.org.) We prefer letters from college professors who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program; however, if you have been out of school for some time, letters regarding your work experience will meet our requirements. You may submit up to four letters of recommendation.
*Letter of Good Standing and Class Rank * This letter from the dean of the law school you previously attended must be sent after grades have been calculated from your last term there; indicate your class ranking; and state that you are in good standing and eligible to return to the school. This letter should be mailed directly to the College of Law.
Transfer Early Action Fall Application (non-binding): March 15
Transfer/Visitor Fall Application: June 15
Transfer/Visitor Spring Application: November 1
Transfer Summer Application: May 1
There is no application fee for transfer and visitor applicants.
Summer Semester Visitor: Students applying to visit for the summer semester only should contact the Registrar’s Office at email@example.com or (202) 274-4808 for an application.
Regular and Early Action Review:
All transfer applications for the fall semester should be filed by June 15th. While applicants must complete a minimum of one year of course work at an ABA accredited law school in either a full-time or part-time program and be in good academic standing to be eligible to apply to transfer or visit, files can be reviewed in our Early Action Program after the completion of one semester.
Applicants who have completed their fall semesters (full or part-time) and submit applications on or before March 15 automatically will be considered as Early Action Applicants. Those filing after March 15 and those not admitted based on Early Action review will be rolled over to the regular transfer pool.
Early Action admission is contingent on maintaining and certifying academic good standing and successful completion of all second semester courses.
An applicant who has completed four or more semesters of full-time or five or more semesters of part-time is ineligible to apply to transfer, but still eligible to apply to visit.
The number of credits transferred to WCL will vary. Transcripts are evaluated individually and each is compared with the WCL curriculum. Transfer students also must successfully complete at least 43 credits at WCL.
Transfer Applicant Requirements
- Complete the electronic Transfer/Visitor application
- Personal statement explaining why you are applying to transfer
- One letter of recommendation from a law professor is required. The letter must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Please update your account at LSAC and indicate which letter you want sent to American University for this application year.
- Official law school transcript showing all grades earned from all law schools attended up until the time of transfer. All early action applicants must submit a transcript for the fall semester and, thereafter, a transcript of the first year of legal studies. The transcript(s) should be sent directly from your law school to our admissions office. Transcripts of applicants applying for the fall semester (excluding early action applicants) will be accepted after the June 15 application deadline.
- Certification of your class standing and /or rank at your present law school (if available).
- An official letter from your law school dean (or designate) stating that you are currently in good academic standing and unconditionally eligible to return to your present law school. The letter must be written after completion of the most current semester.
- Transfer applicants need to make sure that there is not a hold on their LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report. Please call LSAC at (215)968-1001 or visit their web site at www.LSAC.org. to verify that your report is complete. Our Admissions Office will contact LSAC directly to request a copy of your CAS report upon receipt of your transfer application.
LSAC foreign transcript evaluation. LSDAS provides a JD credential assembly service for foreign educated candidates. The admissions office requires all applicants who received their undergraduate degree from a foreign institution to register for this service. A copy of the evaluation will be requested automatically by the admissions office upon receipt of your application. Information is posted online at www.LSAC.org.
When should I apply to Temple Law?
The application process for Fall 2013 starts in September of 2012. You can apply any time from September 15, 2012 to March 1, 2013 for admission in the Fall of 2013. Temple has a rolling admissions policy which means that offers of admission are made as early as December. Therefore, we recommend that you apply early. We recommend that you apply online through LSAC, although we will also accept applications which are sent to us through the mail.
Does Temple require any specific undergraduate major(s)?
No. There is no required course of study during your undergraduate years. You must earn a baccalaureate degree from an institution which is approved by one of the regional accrediting associations of the United States. As for undergraduate classes, there is no prescribed course work. It is more important that you take classes that are challenging and that interest you. It is also important for you to do well and get good grades. Some students find classes in logic, philosophy, writing, and history helpful. Each year, however, we accept students with a wide variety of backgrounds from liberal arts to engineering to physics to criminal justice — and this is just to name a few.
What LSAT score do I need to be admitted to Temple Law School?
Temple Law School does not have a minimum LSAT requirement. Many students, however, are guided by the range of LSAT scores that were admitted in prior years. In 2011, the median LSAT score for the enrolled class was a 160. The middle fifty percent of the entering class presented LSAT scores ranging from 158-163.
What GPA is Temple looking for?
While Temple does not have specific GPA guidelines, you may want to consider the range of student GPAs that were admitted last year. The median GPA for the enrolled class for 2011 was a 3.39. Fifty percent of the students admitted had GPAs that fell between a 3.16 and a 3.56.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Yes. Except upon a showing of extraordinary circumstances, admission will be denied any candidate who presents undergraduate work with a cumulative grade point average (as calculated by LSDAS) of less than 2.35 on a 4.0 scale. Possession of the minimum criteria, however, in no manner assures acceptance. Admission is on a competitive basis.
Does Temple offer an evening program?
Yes. The Law School does have a part-time evening division. The evening program normally takes four years to complete and students complete 4 classes per semester. Students may also choose to take summer classes which are all held in the evening.
Are the requirements for the evening division different than for the day division?
No. The admissions criteria are the same for students applying to the evening division as they are for students applying to the day division. The same full-time faculty members who teach day classes also teach evening and cover the same material.
In terms of LSAT scores from previous year(s) do you average the two scores together?
The Faculty Admissions Committee does not average LSAT scores and all scores from the LSAT will be considered. We do not use an index and admission to Temple Law School is not determined solely on numerical indicators such as the LSAT. If you have taken the LSAT more than once, and if there is a large disparity between your scores, we recommend that you address the disparity in a separate statement to be included with your application.
Does the Admissions Commitee consider factors such as diversity and work experience?
Diversity and work experience are certainly factors that the Admissions Committee considers in their evaluation. Temple prides itself on maintaining a diverse student body. Our concept of diversity is also broader than just race and ethnicity (although our entering class typically is made up of 20-25% of people from racial or ethnic minorities) and includes factors such as work experience, students from different parts of the country and students from diverse economic and educational family backgrounds.
What will make me an acceptable candidate to Temple Law?
It is difficult to answer the question “what will make me an acceptable candidate to Temple Law School?” Certainly, good grades and good LSAT scores are very helpful. Beyond the numerical factors, student activities, work or military experience, volunteer or community service, unique family circumstances are all factors that are considered. This list by no means, however, includes all of the factors considered by the Admissions Committee.
Refer to Application Procedures for more information. You should pay particular attention to the section on our discretionary admissions program, Sp.A.C.E., which is designed to look at factors beyond GPA and LSAT.
Does Temple admit students for the Spring or Summer semesters?
No. Temple only offers admission to the Law School in the Fall semester of any year. We do not have midyear admissions in January. You must apply for the Fall semester of any year. The latest you can take the LSAT for admission in that same year is February.
Does Temple accept transfer students?
Yes. Each year Temple Law accepts only a limited number of transfer students. There are a number of factors to evaluate in transferring. First, Temple only accepts transfers from students who are in the top 20% of their class at a school that is accredited by both the ABA and the AALS. Further, acceptance also depends on the availability of seats. Finally, Temple only accepts a maximum of 30 credits. You would need to apply for a transfer by June 1; however, decisions regarding transfer applications are generally not made until after all of your first year grades are available or approximately August 1.
Please refer to Transfer Applicants for more information.
Will Temple accept my foreign transcript in lieu of an official transcript evaluation?
No. Temple will not accept a transcript from your foreign university(ies) in lieu of an evaluation by the Credential Assembly Service through LSAC. Applicants with foreign degrees must obtain an analysis of their foreign academic credentials LSAC.
Further, a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is required of all applicants with a foreign degree. In cases where English is not your first language, applicants are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
May I audit a class at Temple Law?
No. The only way to take classes is to be admitted to a degree program. There is no non-degree equivalent at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
How can I arrange a visit to Temple Law School?
We encourage all students to visit the law school and have several different options available Please visit our Visit Us page for more information.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
The Deadline for Fall Transfer Applications is July 1, 2013.
The Transfer Application for Admission consists of the Application form and required attachments, as well as the Residency Affidavit. All forms must be completed fully according to their accompanying directions. All documents must be submitted electronically.
1. Complete the Transfer Application for Admission fully. All applicants should submit each required document with the application as an electronic attachment. All essays and documents submitted for consideration must be properly numbered and have the applicant’s name and LSAC account number at the top of each page.
a) Transfer applicants must address in 250 words or less, why you wish to transfer to the University of Connecticut School of Law.
b) Applicants are required to submit a complete resume including military service and summer employment. All resumes must be current up to the date of the application.
c) Applicants must provide a listing of every college and university, graduate and professional school attended (including law school), whether or not credit was received, including the dates of attendance, major, degree and date degree was awarded.
2. Complete the Residency Affidavit and return it with your application. All applicants, regardless of state of permanent residency, are required to submit the Residency Affidavit.
3. The $60 application fee is nonrefundable. If you received a fee waiver from LSAC please send a copy of that waiver to the admissions office.
4. Register with the Law School Admission Council Credit Assembly Service (CAS). We will be requesting an updated CAS report.
5. Obtain a Letter of Good Standing from the Dean of your current law school. Please have your law school mail the letter directly to the UCONN Law Admissions Office.
6. Obtain at least two letters of recommendation from your law school professors. While you may have your professors mail your recommendations directly to the Admissions Office, we prefer that you submit them through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service (LOR). Two letters of recommendation from your law school professors are required and will not be waived.
7. Obtain an official transcript from your current law school showing all grades (including summer grades) as well as your class rank. We require a current class rank for all applicants; if your law school does not rank, we require a letter from the registrar stating that your school does not rank. You may have your law school mail the official transcript directly to the Admissions Office or send it to the CAS.
8. All applications and required forms must be certified electronically by the applicant. Applicants should try to submit all application materials at the same time. Applicants have an ongoing obligation to notify the Admissions Office of any changes in information or address not noted in the application.
9. Transfer applications may be submitted on or after May 30, 2013 and must be submitted electronically no later than July 1, 2013. All deadlines must be met by admitted transfer applicants to preserve their offers of admission. The School of Law reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if the admission decision was based on incomplete or inaccurate information furnished by the applicant.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
The College of Law admits only a small number of transfer students each year. If you have completed one year of law study at an American Bar Association or Association of American Law Schools accredited law school, and are in good standing at your law school, you may be considered for admission with advanced standing.
Minimally, as a transfer applicant you should present a 2.7 or higher average on at least 25 hours of law school work. The Admissions Committee will consider your law school record as well as all factors the committee considers in an application for the entering class.
Admission as a transfer student beyond the first semester of the second year is rare, and will not be granted if you have completed more than 44 hours of law school work. Acceptance by the Admissions Committee in no way implies that all credits from another law school will be accepted for transfer credit.
As a candidate for transfer, you must submit:
*The application form and application fee
*A personal statement including your reasons for the requested transfer
*Letters of recommendation (optional but encouraged)
*A current CAS report
*Official undergraduate transcripts
*Official law school transcripts, and
*A letter from the Dean of your current law school certifying class rank, good academic standing and eligibility to continue in that school.
Application deadlines are June 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 15 for summer. Only your application, personal statement and application fee must be submitted by the deadline. After applying, you will receive a letter from the College of Law giving you the date by which your law school transcript, CAS report, letter of good standing and other materials must be received.
Candidates admitted to the College of Law as transfer students may receive credit for up to 44 hours of work completed at their previous law school. UK accepts credits, but not grades. These credits are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who reviews the transcript, makes the determination and notifies students before they enroll what courses will be accepted for transfer credit. The criteria for transfer credit hours include that:
The student must have received a grade of “C” or better in the courses at the original school
The courses must be either typical first-year courses or law school courses in which an upper level student would receive credit at UK
Work completed at the previous law school is generally accepted at the credit value awarded at the previous school
The first-year curriculum at the previous law school must generally satisfy the first-year curriculum at UK. If it does not, first-year courses must be taken by the transfer student at UK to complete successfully the UK required curriculum. The transfer student may be asked to supply copies of a syllabus, or law school catalog description to assist in this determination.
Credit for pass/fail courses is generally not awarded
UK does not have an articulation agreement with any other law school in regard to transferring arrangements.
Transfer students are unlikely to qualify for the Order of the Coif because, according to the Order’s constitution and membership rules, 75% of course work must be graded to qualify.
Cardozo accepts transfer and visiting students for entry in the Fall or January.
To be eligible to transfer to Cardozo, transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 transferable credits at an ABA-approved law school and the majority of Cardozo’s first-year curriculum. Part-time students are eligible to apply to transfer to Cardozo provided they meet these requirements. Transfer students are accepted only on a full-time basis, and may transfer a maximum of 42 credits.
Transfer students will complete their final two years of study at Cardozo and graduate with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Cardozo.
Visiting students spend one or two semesters at Cardozo, and graduate from the law school through which they have matriculated.
Application Requirements for Transfers and Visitors A student seeking admission to Cardozo as a transfer or visiting student must submit the following:
A completed application for admission. You must apply electronically through LSAC.
An official current law school transcript including all first-year grades. *Your application will not be reviewed until we have received all of your first-year grades. *Second and third-year students must submit their most recently available transcripts. In some cases, the Committee will delay making a decision on your application until we have received grades from the semester immediately preceding the term you wish to attend Cardozo.
Your official class rank following the completion of your first year of law school. If your school does not rank, please request that your school send us a statement indicating such. *Your application will not be reviewed until we have received your official first-year class rank. *Second- and third-year students must submit their most recently available class ranks.
A short personal statement about your reasons for transferring or visiting. You must submit this statement as an electronic attachment to your application. Please note that this statement should be submitted in lieu of the personal statement requested in our application.
Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must come from one of your law school professors. We prefer that you submit these letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, but will accept letters sent directly to Cardozo.
A copy of the first page of your CAS report showing your LSAT score. Your law school registrar may send a copy to Cardozo, or you may request that a new report be sent to us from LSAC.
A letter from the appropriate official of your current law school indicating that you are in good standing. If you are applying as a visiting student, the letter must expressly grant permission for you to study at Cardozo as a visiting student for the applicable semester(s).
A résumé submitted via an electronic attachment.
Deadlines and Decisions There is no firm application deadline for transfer and visiting students since current law school grades are required; however, we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible and that it be completed no later than August 10 for the Fall term, and* January 1 for the Spring term*. Your file will not be reviewed until all required materials are received.
Decisions on transfer and visiting applications are made on a rolling basis beginning when the application is complete. During the review process, the Committee not only evaluates the merits of each application individually, but also relative to all other applications in the pool. Some applications may receive a decision fairly quickly; in many cases, however, the Committee’s comparative appraisal of a file is a lengthier process, to allow the Committee to re-review an application and carefully assess a candidate’s strength in comparison to the full applicant pool.
As long as a candidate’s file is completed in a timely manner, her/his application will be thoroughly reviewed and given full and complete consideration. Due to the careful assessment of each individual application, the Admissions Committee is unable to guarantee that a decision will be made on an application within a particular time frame.
Transfer Credits Admitted transfer students are informed in their admission package of their transfer credit award.
Transfer credit is given only for courses completed at ABA-approved law schools. J.D. transfer credit is not available for pass/fail courses and will be awarded only for graded courses in which a student received a letter grade of “C” or better, although the grade itself will not transfer.
Because of the lack of comparability of grades at other schools, grades in courses taken at another school are not included in the calculation of a J.D. student’s Cardozo grade point average for purposes of determining academic standing and class rank at Cardozo, or for determination of honors.
J.D. transfer credit must be specifically approved to satisfy Cardozo’s distribution requirements, course prerequisites, writing requirement, professional responsibility requirement, Advanced Legal Research requirement, or concentrations.
Transfer credit will not be awarded for any coursework occurring prior to the beginning of law school study.
Articulation Agreements Other than our established joint programs (JD/MSW, JD/MSB), we have no agreements between schools governing the transfer of credit (articulation agreements).
Transfer applicants can apply online through the LSAC or download the application from our website. The deadline to submit a transfer application is July 15, 2013. For a complete list of application requirements, please click here. For a list of Transfer and Advanced Standing Rules, please click here.
Transfer applicants must currently attend an ABA-accredited law school. To be considered competitive, transfer applicants should finish in the top 10-15% of their first year class.
Pepperdine University School of Law will accept a maximum number of 30 transfer units. There is no set minimum; however, in order to transfer, the applicant needs to have completed the majority (if not all) of Pepperdine’s first year required courses. They are:
Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Introduction to Ethical Lawyering,
Legal Research & Writing I & II, Property, Torts
Transfer applicants must submit the following items:
- Completed, signed (or electronically-certified), and dated application
- $60 non-refundable application fee
- Response to Pepperdine’s mission statement
- Personal statement
- Dean’s letter of good standing from current law school
- Official transcript from current law school
- Official class rank from current law school
Please note that letters of recommendation are not required for transfer applicants.
If you need additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (310) 506-4631.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN
The College of Law considers applications from students who wish to transfer from other law schools. Students must have completed at least one year, but less than two years, of law school and be eligible to re-enroll in the school from which they propose to transfer. Transfer students are typically given credit for classes taken at the previous law school in which the student earned a grade of “C” or better. No credit is given for courses taken Pass/Fail at the previous law school. Transfer students who did not take at their previous school any course, or its equivalent, required by the College of Law shall take and pass the course or its equivalent at the College of Law.
Transfer Student Application Requirements
A completed application to the University of Nebraska College of Law will include:
Completed Application for Admission (Online Recommended)
Credential Assembly Service Law School Report (formerly LSDAS)
Transcripts from all Postsecondary Institutions including Law School
Letter of good standing from the Dean of the Law School Applicant is Currently Attending
Course Descriptions from Current Law School
$50.00 Application Fee
Complete Application for Admission (Online Recommended)
Online Applications will be certified using an electronic signature.
Credential Assembly Service Law School Report (formerly LSDAS)
Submit a copy of your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report formerly the LSDAS report. You must request that an official copy be sent from the Law School Admission Services at http://www.lsac.org/.
Transcripts from all Postsecondary Institutions including Law School
Submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college and/or university work to LSAC so they will be included on the CAS (LSDAS) report.
Submit official transcripts from all law schools directly to the University of Nebraska College of Law. Transcripts should include grades received after one full year or more of law study. To expedite your application, a letter from the Dean of your current law school listing your grades for your last semester will substitute temporarily for a transcript showing these grades. An explanation of the grading system used at your current law school should accompany your transcript.
Letter from the Dean of the Law School Applicant is Currently Attending
Request that the Dean of your current law school provide a letter
- stating that you are in good standing at the end of at least one full year of study and eligible to continue at the law school should you so desire, and
- indicating your class rank.
Course Descriptions from Current Law School
Submit the current catalog of your present law school or a copy of the descriptions of the courses, together with credit hours, which you seek to have considered for transfer credit.
$50.00 Application Fee
Online Applicants: The $50 fee may be paid online at the time of electronic application using a credit card.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE
First- year law students are invited to consider the University of Tennessee College of Law to complete their legal training. Second- and third-year students can take advantage of the college’s academic concentrations in transactional law and advocacy and dispute resolution, its highly regarded clinical programs, and other practical learning experiences for which UT Law is noted.
The transfer application period is April 1- July 1. The transfer application is available at lsac.org. Please select the University of Tennessee’s transfer application*. *Application files should be complete no later than July 1 in order to be considered for enrollment for fall semester in late August.
Several factors are considered in the admissions decision. One of the best predictors of success is the first- year law grade point average. The Admissions Committee also considers each transfer applicant’s application, undergraduate and law school records, the stated reasons for seeking to transfer and all other information that is considered in the initial admission decisions. Transfer candidates must be in good standing at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
Candidates admitted to the College of Law may receive credit for up to 31 semester hours of work successfully completed at their previous, ABA-approved law school. A total of at least 58 credit hours must be completed at UT College of Law in order to graduate from UT.
The following items are required to complete your Application File:
Completed application for admission
A CAS report, which the admissions staff will order. Your online account will be charged $12
Two recommendations or evaluations, one of which should be from a law school faculty member at the law school you are currently attending
A letter stating the reason(s) for seeking to transfer
Two writing samples – a personal statement and an essay
Additionally, you must supply the following materials from your current law school:
- A letter of good standing with an indication of class rank from the dean or the dean’s designee
- An official law school transcript
A copy of the law school catalog, or descriptions of first year classes and the grading scale of the law school from the law school website
PENNYSALVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
A law student who is in good standing at another ABA-accredited school may apply to complete the final two years of his or her legal education at Penn State. To earn a J.D. from Penn State, a transfer student must attend Penn State Law for at least four of the six semesters for which residence credit is claimed and earn at least 56 credits from Penn State Law. Total credits to earn the J.D. from Penn State Law is 88.
Evaluation of transferable credits is completed as part of the transfer admission process. A minimum grade of C is required for all credits approved for transfer to Penn State Law. Any credits earned at another law school are recorded on the student academic transcript by reference only, and no attempt is made to convert grades to Penn State Law equivalents. Penn State Law required courses typically must be completed at Penn State.
Penn State Law’s transfer application will remain open until July 15, 2013. Applicants can complete a copy online. Transfer applicants must also submit the following documents to us:
Copy of your law school transcript with first semester grades (a copy is acceptable but an official transcript must be furnished within 30 days of admission to Penn State Law);
If not available on your transcript, please provide a printout of your spring semester course schedule;
A letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member you had as an instructor for at least one class;
A J.D. CAS report (compiled by LSAC); and
A letter of good standing from your current law school.
In certain instances, we are able to extend a contingent offer of admission based on your CAS report and your first semester grades. Contingent offers of admission are subject to Penn State’s receipt of a letter of good standing from your current law school, an official transcript and continued strong academic performance. The letter of good standing and official transcript should be sent after all first year grades are recorded.
In addition a copy of the applicant’s final transcript from his or her undergraduate degree granting school is due prior to matriculation at Penn State Law.
Decisions regarding transfer status are made on a rolling basis, and it is to each applicant’s advantage to submit his/her application as early as possible to take advantage of programs like the law review/journals Writing Competitions; Moot Court competition, and Fall Recruitment program. Transfer applicants and accepted transfer students are eligible to participate in the student edited scholarly journals and Penn State Law Review Writing Competition for membership. Scholarly journal writing competition polices can be found here. Additionally, students offered transfer admission to Penn State Law prior to July 15, 2013 are eligible to participate in Fall Recruitment. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
APPLICANTS FOR TRANSFER ADMISSION MUST HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST 1 YEAR, OR ONE-THIRD OF THE CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION, AT AN ABA-APPROVED LAW SCHOOL, AND BE IN GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING AT THEIR CURRENT LAW SCHOOLS. TRANSFER APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AND COMPLETE BY JUNE 25TH. THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A TRANSFER APPLICATION:
A completed and signed Application for Admission, including a Personal Statement that addresses the reasons for seeking a transfer.
A nonrefundable application fee of $65 (check or money order payable to Seton Hall University, School of Law. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted);
An active CAS subscription with recent LSAT scores;
One (1) letter of recommendation specifically in support of the application to transfer (i.e. from a law school professor or instructor);
A letter of good standing and a transcript, indicating rank in class, sent directly from the current law school.
A limited number of transfer applicants are accepted and decisions will be made by mid-July for applications received and completed by the deadline.
Students who have been academically dismissed from another law school must wait at least two years before applying for admission to Seton Hall Law. Such applicants apply as first-year candidates and must provide complete information and documentation regarding their prior law school enrollment.
*Students at other law schools seeking Visiting Student status at Seton Hall Law should contact the Office of Student Services at 973-642-8707. * Visiting Student status is not granted by the Office of Admissions.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
Law students who have satisfactorily completed one year of work at another American Bar Association-accredited school may apply for transfer to the University of Denver. Up to 30 hours, 45 hours with special permission of the Admissions Committee, of course credit from another law school can be applied to your University of Denver law degree.
Transfer Application Requirements:
Completed online application. The application will include:
Resume – should list employment experience, educational background and extracurricular and community activities. It should also include any honors and awards you have received. Please include dates for all items on your resume.
Personal statement – Keeping in mind the fact that your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are only a part of what the Admissions Committee will consider, you should take this opportunity to explain to the committee why you should be selected for admission to the Sturm College of Law. Topics that the committee may consider helpful in evaluating your qualifications may include:
Significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your transcripts and on your resume.
Characteristics and experiences that you will bring the Sturm College of Law and the legal profession that distinguish you from other applicants.
Long-range career plans and goals that you intend to pursue with your law degree.
The intellectual contribution you will make to the classroom.
$65 non-refundable application fee
A Copy of your original Credential Assembly Service Report, sent directly from LSAC, including:
Transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed prior to law school
The following three items sent directly to Denver Law:
Official transcript from your current law school.
Letter of good standing from your current law school, which should include your first-year ranking.
Letter of recommendation from a professor at your current law school from whom you have taken a class.
Documents can be sent to:
Denver Law Office of Admissions 2255 E. Evans Ave, Suite 115 Denver, CO 80208
Additional Requirements for International Students
- LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
If you have completed any post-secondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, these transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC CAS to be translated and evaluated. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and included with your CAS report.
We will not accept any other translation or evaluation services for the admissions process.
If you have questions, contact LSAC at LSACINFO@LSAC.org or 215.968.1001
A TOEFL or IELTS score is required, unless you have completed a post-secondary degree at an institution whose language of instruction and testing is English. The whole program of study must have been completed in English.
Request that your test scores be sent from the testing organization to LSAC, LSAC TOEFL Code: 0058
The University of Denver requires the following minimum scores:
TOEFL Paper-based test: 587
TOEFL Internet-based test: 95
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
The law school accepts a limited number of transfer students who have completed one full-time year at another ABA-approved law school. UNM School of Law has more transfer applicants each year than we are able to admit. Transfer applicants are considered for admission only if they:
Have outstanding records at the law school previously attended or
Are in good standing at the law school previously attended, are residents of New Mexico, and have a compelling reason to continue their legal education at The University of New Mexico School of Law
Transfer applicants must provide the Law School with the following:
- Application form and $50 processing fee
- A complete LSAC Credential Assembly Service* (CAS) *report
- At least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a professor at their law school
- An official transcript of the candidate’s law study from the law school previously attended, including a statement of class rank
- A letter from the dean of the law school from which the candidate seeks to transfer stating that he or she is presently not on probation or under suspension and is eligible to re-register and continue in that law school
- A statement by the applicant indicating why he or she wishes to transfer to The University of New Mexico School of Law
The deadline for submitting transfer applications is June 15th. The deadline for completing a transfer application file is July 15th.
If you are admitted with advanced standing to the UNM law program, your right to continue in that program depends entirely on work done at UNM. Transfer students are ineligible for certain prizes and awards given by the law school and are not ranked academically.
Credits earned at other law schools that do not meet their minimum graduation requirements are not acceptable for transfer credit.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY
We welcome applications for Early Action and Regular Action transfer into our innovative J.D. program.
If you have any questions about applying with advanced standing as a second-year student, please feel free to contact our admissions office: 800-756-0036 or email@example.com.
Students Seeking Visiting Status
Students currently enrolled in other law schools who wish to take courses at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for credit toward the other school’s degree requirements may apply to attend as a Visiting Student. Visitor applicants must submit the following:
A completed application, including the application fee (waived for LSAC electronic applicants);
A letter explaining your reason for wishing to take courses at Case Western Reserve University School of Law;
An original CAS report;
An official transcript of completed law school work;
A letter of good standing from your dean;
A letter from your dean indicating that your school will accept academic credits from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; and
An official class rank after all law schoolwork completed.
Students currently enrolled in an accredited law school may apply for admission with advanced standing. The number of transfer applicants that we accept depends on the number of spots available in the second-year class. The primary factor in the admission decision is prior law school performance. Undergraduate grades and your LSAT score will also be considered.
Transfer applicants must submit:
- A completed application, including the application fee (waived for LSAC Electronic Applications);
- Personal statement;
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- An original CAS report;
- An official transcript of completed law school work;
- A letter of good standing from your dean; and
- An official class rank after all law schoolwork completed.
The law school transcript and class standing must be based upon all course work completed.
Early Decision Program for Transfer Applicants
As a transfer applicant, you have the option of applying Early Action. Applications received and complete by March 30 will be reviewed and decisions made by April 30. Completed applications must include final grades from your first semester at law school. Offers of early decision will be conditioned upon your successful completion of all first year courses at the law school from which you are transferring.
Regular Decision Process for Transfer Applicants
The deadline for applying with advanced standing through our Regular Decision Process is July 1. Applications will be reviewed as they become complete and candidates will be notified of final decisions within two weeks after the file becomes complete.
|Transfer Application Deadlines|
|FOR ENTRY SPRING SEMESTER|
|December 1||December 20||January 3/$250|
|FOR ENTRY FALL SEMESTER – EARLY ACTION PROGRAM|
|March 30||April 30||May 15/$250|
|FOR ENTRY FALL SEMESTER – STANDARD DECISION PROGRAM|
|July 1||August 1 or later as completed||Two weeks after date of admission/$250|
Financial Aid for Transfer Applicants
We have our own Office of Financial Services, which assists you with the student loan process. We encourage you to begin the financial aid application process before receiving an offer of admission, because it may take up to four months to process the application. While we will process late financial aid applications, these funds may not be available by the start of the semester.
Transcript Evaluation and Transfer Credits
How will my law school transcript be evaluated?
Transfer students who enroll at the law school typically receive advanced standing for up to 31 credit hours for coursework taken at another law school. Subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, credit will be granted only for courses in which transfer students received grades of “C” or better.
Early Action Transfer applicants will have equal access to our special curricular offerings in the fall semester. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will work closely with faculty to ensure ample opportunity for admission to high-demand courses for our Regular Decision Transfer applicants as well.
Transfer students must complete any Case Western Reserve School of Law course requirements for which substantially comparable transfer credit was not granted. These include:
CORE 1 and 2 (fundamental lawyering skills, including research and writing);
CORE 3 (fundamental lawyering skills, focusing on transactional settings);
Strategic Representation and Communication;
First-year Perspectives Course;
The Writing Requirement; and
Career Services Office Information for Transfer Applicants
Early Action vs. Regular Decision
Your transfer application status will affect the timing of your entry into the CSO process. Because admitted Early Action Transfer candidates are notified by April 30 and have submitted their Seat Deposit by May 15, they enter the CSO process ahead of many CSO deadlines and program opportunities. (The first deadline for students planning to submit interview bids is early July and our first interview program is in early August.) Admitted Regular Decision Process Transfer applicants typically enter the CSO process in the late summer.
Available to admitted Early Action candidates who have paid their Seat Deposit:
- Personalized career counseling with a member of the CSO
- In-person or telephone appointments to discuss your second summer job search, participating in the Fall Interview Program, and preparing for interviews
- Review of your resume and cover letter
- Access and a password for our on-line interview program and job posting system
- Emails about Fall Interview Program events, employers, and deadlines
- Information about participating in other national, regional, and local fall job fairs.
Available to Regular Decision Applicants who have paid their Seat Deposit:
- Personalized career counseling with a member of the CSO
- Depending upon timing of admission, one-on-one appointments to discuss your second summer job search, participating in the school-year Interview Program, preparing for interviews, and review of your resume and cover letter
- Access and a password for our on-line interview program and job posting system
- Information about participating in other school-year national, regional, and local fall job fairs
The Fall Interview Program includes:
- On-campus interviews (starting with Early Interview week in mid-August and continuing throughout the Fall semester);
- Off-campus interviews in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., New England, and Southern California;
- Resume Collect;
- Resume Direct
How To Contact the Career Services Office:
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Law Journals and Orientation for incoming Transfers
We offer an Orientation program prior to the start of Fall classes, which is specially designed to assist you as a new transfer student. The orientation includes:
- An introduction to CaseArc
- An introduction to administrative services at Case Western Reserve School of Law
- An opportunity to take care of administrative matters, including course registration, computer and university services, and locker and mail folder acquisition
Available to admitted Early Action candidates who have paid their Seat Deposit:
Early Action Transfer candidates who have paid their Seat Deposit will be able to compete for a second-year slot in one of these four academic journals: Law Review, Journal of International Law, Health Matrix, and the Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet.
You will be selected on the basis of a writing competition that begins after the spring semester. All second-year associates then participate in a dedicated journal seminar, which provides academic and technical support for student scholarship from senior scholars, research librarians, and notes advisers.
Early Action candidates also have the opportunity to join the Canada-U.S. Law Journal, a joint publication with the University of Western Ontario faculty of law, which conducts its selection in the early fall semester upon a review of grades, a citation exam, and an interview. There is no seminar associated with the Canada-United States Law Journal.
Available to Regular Decision Transfer Applicants who have paid their Seat Deposit:
Depending on the availability of student slots at the end of the summer, Regular Decision Transfer candidates may have a limited opportunity to compete for a position on one of the four academic journals. Regular Decision Transfer candidates will also have the opportunity to join the Canada-U.S. Law Journal.
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Chicago-Kent welcomes transfer applications from students who have previously enrolled for at least one year at another ABA-accredited law school. Transfer students may seek admission as either full- or part-time JD students, and may also seek admission into the certificate programs in intellectual property law, international and comparative law, environmental and energy law, labor and employment law, business law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, criminal litigation, and public interest law.
Admission to the law school is highly competitive. The Admissions Committee will consider transfer applicants for admission based upon their law school performance in addition to Chicago-Kent’s other admissions standards. Particular emphasis is given to first-year law school performance, the nature and rigor of the undergraduate curriculum, writing ability, the personal statement, and letters of recommendation, particularly those from academic sources. Each file is reviewed individually. Students who are not currently in good standing at another law school are not eligible for transfer admission and will not be considered.
Applicants for admission to Chicago-Kent must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning classes at the law school in mid-August. Any applicant who will not have completed his or her degree before the date that he or she expects to start law school should notify the Office of Admissions, in writing, as soon as this fact is known.
We recommend that you submit theChicago-Kent online application, which is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). There are separate application forms for fall and spring transfer admission. If you are not able to complete the application online, please contact the Office of Admissions at (312) 906-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a PDF of the application form.
Because each law school’s application is different, please be certain to read each question carefully and make certain that you have completed every item on the application so that review of your application is not delayed. All materials submitted with, or in support of, an application become the property of Chicago-Kent and are not returnable.
It is your responsibility to make sure that all statements that you make on the application are accurate and complete. You are required to inform us, in writing, of any changes in the information you have provided. Any failure to supply accurate, complete, or updated information may result in a filing of applicant misconduct with LSAC, withdrawal of any offer of admission, or cancellation of registration, and may be a violation of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Code of Conduct. It may also jeopardize your eventual admission to the bar.
Information on sex, age, ethnic origin, and citizenship status is collected for compliance reports in connection with federal regulations pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended by Executive Order 11375 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 86, 45 C.F.R. and is not mandatory. All information is confidential and will not be used to discriminate in admission to or participation in any of the educational programs or activities offered in the colleges of Illinois Institute of Technology.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
All application materials must be received by the transfer deadline, except the law school transcript and a letter of good standing. A letter of good standing and law school transcripts must be submitted as soon as first year grades are available.
Transfer applicants bear the responsibility of ensuring that all transcripts are forwarded by the original school in sufficient time for review. Decisions on completed files are made beginning in late July.
Application for Admission
We prefer applicants to use the electronic application via LSAC. You may apply using a paper application; however, please note that there is a considerable processing delay with paper applications. For those requiring a paper application in Microsoft Word format, please contact the Office of Admissions directly.
May 15, 2013 - Transfer Applicants may begin the application process using the LSAC E-app. [Please do not submit an application to transfer before this date.]
June – August 2013 - Transfer decisions will be made. Only complete files will be considered.
July 25, 2013 - Transfer Application Priority Deadline (Applications submitted after this date will be considered as space allows.)
August 2013 - Orientation for transfer students.
An updated copy of the final Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Law School Admission Council.
An official law school transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Registrar of your law school. The transcript should include grades for all course work completed in the fall and spring semesters. Law school transcripts sent directly through LSDAS are not considered official.
Please note: If an applicant has been offered admission, no credit will be transferred to the student’s record at Loyola for courses in which the student received a grade of less than 75 or lower than a “C,” or for courses which do not meet equivalent unit requirements, or for courses taken at non-ABA accredited institutions.
All units from the applicant’s original institution will be transferred as “pass” and will have no bearing on the student’s Loyola grade point average. A maximum of 29 transferable units will be applied towards the unit requirement for graduation. A minimum of 58 units must be completed at Loyola for all transfer students.
Letter of Good Standing and Class Rank
An official letter of good standing, including fall and spring semester grades, must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Registrar or Dean of Students of your law school. A letter or memo indicating class rank should also be sent if this information is not included in the letter of good standing or on the law school transcript. Fax transmissions are not acceptable.
A personal statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting a diverse entering class. It is also used to assess each applicant’s written English skills. The personal statement provides each applicant with the opportunity to describe the uniqueness of his or her character, abilities and experience. Transfer applicants may discuss their first year of law school and their reasons for seeking to transfer.
Applicants must answer questions #1-6 on the “Disclosures” section of the application. Applicants who answer “yes” to questions #2-6 on the “Disclosures” section must provide a written explanation for their response. Applications with “yes” responses that do not provide written explanations are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE
A law student is eligible to apply for transfer to the University of Arkansas School of Law if the student (1) has completed at least one graded course in another law school accredited by the American Bar Association, (2) has demonstrated satisfactory scholarship at that law school, and (3) is in good standing at that law school.
The decision whether to admit a transfer student will be made by the Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law in the Dean’s discretion. The amount of transfer credit to be granted will also be determined in the Dean’s discretion and will depend on the quality of performance and the relation of completed courses to this school’s program.
A maximum of 30 credits may be accepted for transfer. Credit only (not grades) are transferable. Credits will not be accepted for any course or other work in which a grade below 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or equivalent was given at the other law school.
A transfer student must complete the final two semesters of law study in residence at this law school. Failure to disclose attendance at another college or law school or expulsion or suspension is sufficient grounds to require withdrawal from the School of Law.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
Students who have attended another ABA-accredited law school and performed well may apply for transfer admission to the University of Louisville Law School.
Transfer students must have completed the first year of study, demonstrated high scholastic achievement, and must meet the entrance requirements of the Law School. Ordinarily they must be in the upper one-fourth of the class at their previous law school to be admitted. Transfer applicants accepted to the law school may transfer 30 to 45 hours of credit** from their previous institution. A student who has been dismissed from another law school for academic failure or for misconduct will not be considered for transfer.
On a limited basis, students from other ABA-accredited law schools also may attend classes at the Law School as visiting students, for a designated period of time. Visiting students must be in good standing, and their home institutions must agree to accept credits earned at the University of Louisville.
**Credit is usually awarded for credits earned at other ABA-accredited law school courses up to 30 hours, although transfer applicants may request up to 45 hours. Transfer credits will be awarded only for courses in which the student has a C grade or better.
Upon acceptance, transfers are required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with a tuition seat deposit, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester. Visiting students are asked to submit a signed letter of intent.
Admitted transfer students are also required to submit two official degree showing transcripts and two official transcripts from current Law School. More information is given at the time of admission.
Application Deadlines for Transfer and Visiting Students
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – November 1
Summer Semester – April 15 (visiting only)
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
The admissions committee considers for admission students who wish to transfer to the William S. Boyd School of Law after having completed a minimum of one year of legal study at an ABA-accredited law school.
Applicants must submit:
A completed application form;
A $50 non-refundable application fee;
A personal statement no longer than three typewritten pages, which should include some discussion of why the applicant wishes to transfer to the Boyd School of Law;
A CAS report containing a transcript summary and a record of LSAT scores;
A letter of good standing from the law school at which the applicant has studied, including class rank (if available);
An official law school transcript; and
At least one (up to four) letter of recommendation from a law school professor.
The admissions committee will assess transfer applicants using the same criteria as those used in assessing first-year applicants, as well as the applicant’s performance in law school courses and the quality of the law school at which the applicant has studied. The Boyd School of Law will permit a maximum of 42 hours of law course work to be transferred for credit toward its Juris Doctor degree. Transfer credit will be subject to the approval of the Dean for Student Advancement and will be given only for law courses in which the applicant attained a grade of C (or the numerical equivalent) or better. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 47 credit hours at the Boyd School of Law. Application deadlines are July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. A very limited number of transfer applicants are offered admission.
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
To be eligible to transfer to OU Law with advanced standing, you must have completed at least one full year of study in an ABA-accredited law school. A transfer applicant must successfully complete at least 60 hours at OU Law. For course credit to be accepted by OU Law, the student must earn at least a C grade in each course to be transferred.
If you need an application fee waiver to assist in applying for transfer to OU Law, please contact Susan Wilson at email@example.com.
Students applying to transfer for the fall semester may process their transfer application from April 15 to July 5 and are notified in July. Spring transfer applicants may process their application from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 and are notified in December.
To apply for transfer admission with advanced standing, the applicant must electronically submit an application form through LSAC, available at www.lsac.org (opens in new window), which includes:
A $50 nonrefundable application and processing fee
Personal statement indicating your reasons for wanting to transfer
Two letters of recommendation
LSAC Credential Assembly Service Report
Transcript from current law school
Class rank from current law school
A letter from the dean or registrar indicating that you are in good academic standing and eligible to transfer
Transfer applicants for fall must furnish an official transcript and class rank showing spring semester grades. Transfer applicants for spring must furnish an official transcript and class rank reflecting their most recently recorded grades.
Applicants who have been dismissed from another law school for scholastic deficiency will not be considered for admission.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Q. What are the requirements for admission as a transfer student? To be considered for transfer, you must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an approved institution and successfully completed your first year of study (minimum of 19 units) toward a Juris Doctor degree at a law school approved by the American Bar Association. Students from law schools that are only state bar approved or who have been disqualified from their current law school are not eligible for transfer admission.
Q. What is the application procedure?
A completed and dated admission application with transfer indicated for entering status
A personal statement and current resume
A non-refundable $50 application fee which may be waived by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting an application fee waiver
Official Law School transcript(s) forwarded by your current school’s registrar
Letter of good standing and class rank forwarded by your current school’s dean
Official CAS report (from LSAC)
Q. What are the deadlines? USD uses a “rolling admissions” process. However, the priority dates are as follows:
- Fall Admission- June 30
- Spring Admission- December 1
Q. What criteria do you consider in making the admission decision? Your LSAT and undergraduate GPA are no longer the primary determining factors for admission. The main considerations are your class ranking and performance in each class at the school you are currently attending. To be competitive, you should be in at least the upper 25th percentile of your first-year class.
Q. Is there a disadvantage to spring admission? No. However, if you plan to attend your current school during the fall semester, it is unlikely that we will have your fall semester grades and class ranking in time for a decision since we usually start the spring semester in early January.
Q. How do I obtain an application fee waiver? You may contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com to request an application fee waiver.
Q. Does USD encourage minority and other non-traditional applicants? Yes, the University of San Diego School of Law seeks to enroll a highly qualified and diverse student body. We consistently strive to ensure academic excellence and enrichment through the participation of students with different perspectives and backgrounds.
Q. Do you grant personal interviews? Due to the large number of applications, it is not possible to grant personal interviews. You should highlight pertinent information about your experiences in your personal statement.
Q. Once I submit my application, when will a decision be made? Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Generally, the admission committee will consider an application shortly after all materials including the first year transcripts are received. In some cases, an offer of provisional admission made is made based on academic performance during the first semester.
Q. Do I need to choose between the Full Time or Part Time Program? When you apply you must indicate which program you are applying to. If you have interest in either program you are permitted to note that in your application.
Q. Do you offer any concurrent degree programs? USD offers concurrent degree programs with MBA (Master of Business Administration), IMBA (International Master of Business Administration), and MA (Master of Arts in International Relations). The Master’s Degree programs require a separate entrance exam and separate graduate admissions application. Many students apply for these programs in their second year of law school.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of classes that can be transferred? USD will typically accept those credits earned in the first year of law school, provided students have earned a “C” or better in those courses. Typically this will equate to 30 transfer credits. Upon admission, you will receive a letter indicating which classes will be accepted for transfer. For information on which courses may or may not transfer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
While at USD
Q. Besides first year classes, what other classes are required by USD School of Law? In the first year, USD students* take the following courses:
Civil Procedure 6 credits (two semesters)
Legal Writing & Research 3 credits (two semesters)
Property 4 credits (one semester)
Contracts 4 credits (one semester)
Torts 4 credits (one semester)
Criminal Law 4 credits (one semester)
Constitutional Law 4 credits (one semester)
*Evening students take a modified schedule in the first year
*In addition, students are required to take the following courses after the first year:
- Professional Responsibility 3 credits
- Tax I 3 credits
This leaves USD students with 50 elective credits
Q. Can transfer students participate in Career Services programs? Absolutely. Once enrolled, transfer students have full access to Career Services and are treated as if they had always been USD students. In order to maximize your career opportunities, you should contact the Career Services office once you enroll. You can then connect with our online and live programs and find out how to participate in resume uploads and other recruiting programs. You will need to obtain a transcript from your original school for first-semester recruiting programs.
Q. What is the best way to ensure I’m well positioned in the legal market? Take advantage of all that Career Services offer. Meet regularly with the office’s experienced attorney career advisors to create a personalized strategy for effective career advancement. Participate in fall and spring USD recruiting programs, national and regional recruiting programs, mock interview programs, application material workshops, attorney panels and alumni networking events. Use the online job board, reciprocity privileges, employment data and comprehensive resource library. By taking such advantage, you will be well positioned in the legal market.
Q.Can transfer students participate in USD Law Review and Journals? Transfer students can participate in the write-on competition for the San Diego Law Review, the *San Diego International Law Journal *and the *Journal of Climate & Energy Law. *This competition usually takes place in early August.
Q. What is the tuition cost at the University of San Diego School of Law? For current tuition rates please visit www.sandiego.edu/law/tuition.
Q. How do I apply for other financial aid? What is the deadline? Although there is no deadline, students who wish to be considered for financial aid should file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the March 1 priority filing date. The FAFSA may be filed as early as January 1. You may file the FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov or order a form by calling 1-800-4FEDAID.
Q. Should I file for financial aid prior to being admitted? You should not wait until you are admitted to file your FAFSA. We recommend that you file your FAFSA as soon as you can after January 1. You can list multiple schools on your FAFSA. Be sure to list the USD School of Law code G06976.
Q. How do I apply for scholarships? Transfer students are eligible to apply for endowment scholarships each Fall and they will be eligible to compete based on their USD grades for tuition scholarships going into their third year
Q. When can I expect to receive a financial aid offer letter? Once your financial aid file is complete, the Financial Aid Office will prepare your tentative award based on the evaluation received from the Department of Education. This process usually takes two to three weeks from the file complete date.
Q. Besides the FAFSA, are there any other forms I will need to provide to be considered for financial aid? Once you are admitted, you will receive an Institutional Financial Aid Application to complete and return. If you are selected for the verification process or have incomplete information, you may be required to provide additional documents such as your most recent federal income tax return.
Q. Can the aid I received at my previous school affect my award for USD Financial Aid? USD uses the summer term as the start of the academic year. If you receive a Federal Direct Loan or a Federal Perkins Loan at your previous school during the summer and/or fall terms before you transfer to USD, the amount of federal loans that you are eligible to borrow at USD may be reduced so that you do not borrow more than the maximum allowed for the academic year. However, you may be eligible for private loans to make up the difference.
Q. How much can/should I borrow? As a graduate student you may borrow $20,500 each academic year from the Federal Direct Loan Program. In addition, graduate students are now eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to the cost of attendance. It is important to establish a budget, review your outstanding undergraduate loans and consumer debt, and only borrow the minimum amount you need.
Q. Can I get Work Study? If you are eligible and if you indicate on the USD Institutional Financial Aid Application you are interested in Federal Work Study, you will be awarded up to $4000 in Federal Work Study for each academic year.