Transfer Policies Law Schools 26-50
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
We encourage and welcome applications from law school students who are interested in transferring to the University of Iowa College of Law. The following steps will serve as a guide for the transfer process:
To apply, please visit our Online Application page for the Transfer Application.As a transfer student, you must have completed at least one full academic year of law studies by June of the year in which you are seeking the transfer. We will accept a minimum of 24 approved semester hours of credit and a maximum of 28 approved semester hours of credit (one-third the number required for the JD degree at Iowa) from another institution. (Please note that, while we do count your transfer credits toward an Iowa JD, we do not count your grades for those transfer courses in your Iowa grade point average. In effect, we consider your 24-28 semester hours of transfer courses to be ungraded, meaning that by the time you get your Iowa JD, only 66%-70% of your coursework will be graded. This is a policy in effect at most law schools, incidentally, and has implications for Order of the Coif membership—see paragraph 9 below.) Credits earned at an institution within the United States must be from a law school accredited by the ABA. Credits earned at an institution outside the United States may be counted toward the Iowa JD degree provided the requirements of the relevant ABA Standards are met. (See Standards 507 and 304 of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.) (Iowa students who wish to study temporarily at another institution and transfer the credits earned back to Iowa, see http://www.law.uiowa.edu/students/courses-reg/transfercredit.)
The transfer application deadline is June 1. Materials supporting your application, including your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, official law school transcript, report of law school class rank, and a letter of good standing from the dean of your law school should be on file in the College of Law as soon after the deadline as possible. All of these items must be received by the College of Law before your application will be considered.
Membership in the Order of the Coif is governed by the Coif Constitution. Section 5.1.a. of that Constitution provides: ”Eligibility of Law Students. For each academic year, measured from July I to June 30, or any other twelve-month period designated by a member school, a Chapter may elect to membership in The Order any graduating senior (1) who has completed at least 75 percent of his or her law studies in graded courses and (2) whose grade record ranks in the top 10 percent of all the graduating seniors of the school. “Graded courses” are those for which academic accomplishment is recorded on the basis of educational measurement involving four or more discriminators.” This provision means that in most cases transfer students will not be eligible for Coif membership because only the two years of courses they take at Iowa (typically 66%-70% of all their law school courses) are considered graded.
WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
How do I apply to Washington and Lee School of Law as a transfer student for the J.D. program?
Submit the application currently available on LSAC.org, indicating your intention to seek admission as a transfer student. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 540-458-8503 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. We will begin accepting transfer applications on March****1.
An official statement of your cumulative class rank at the end of your first year.
A letter from the dean of your current law school, written after the end of the spring semester, stating that you are a student in good standing and are eligible to return to the law school for your second year.
One letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your current law school or a lawyer who is familar with your legal work product. A letter from a faculty member at your current law school is preferred. If you choose to have a lawyer write your letter of recommendation, he/she must be familiar with legal work you have performed as part of a position you have held during your time in law school and be able to speak specifically to your performance in that position. Letters must be submitted through CAS.
An official transcript of your entire first-year’s work in law school issued after spring semester grades have been posted.
A copy of your CAS report. You should contact LSAC to insure that your CAS subscription is current.
Review of transfer applications is conducted as soon as applicants’ files become complete, so it is to your advantage to file your application and all supporting credentials as soon as possible. We do not make any decisions on a transfer applicant’s file until we receive ALL application materials (including transcript of first year grades). Most transfer applicants receive an admissions decision from our office in mid-July, however, this timeframe is intended to be a guideline and not a guarantee. As with other aspects of the admissions process, the timing of these decisions can vary. Transfer students are admitted only for the fall semester.
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Credit Evaluation. This assessment is NOT conducted by the admissions office. We cannot provide you with an assessment of the amount of credit you will receive for your prior coursework until you’ve been admitted AND confirmed your intention to enroll at W&L Law. As a general rule, no student will receive more than 32 hours of transfer credit.
Once you’ve paid your deposit and confirmed that you will be attending W&L Law, a statement of your prior coursework will be prepared by our Director of Law Records and passed along to a Dean for review and assessment. At the conclusion of this assessment, you will receive a letter identifying which W&L degree requirements you’ve fulfilled, those that need to be fulfilled, and the number of transfer credits awarded. This letter is typically mailed within a few weeks of your confirmation letter. Although we make every effort to conduct this review in as expeditious a manner as possible, we sincerely appreciate your patience as we conduct this evaluation.
Our first year is slightly different from the 1L curriculum of many law schools. During their first year, our 1Ls take American Public Law Process (APLP), Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, Professional Responsibility and Transnational Law. It is quite common for transfers not to have taken one or more of these classes during their first year of law school.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
A J.D. student who has completed their first year J.D. curriculum at a member school of the Association of American Law Schools (www.aals.org) may apply for admission with advanced standing as a J.D. degree candidate.
Transfer students are accepted on a space-available basis only. Selection of applicants is based on evidence (1) that the candidate can produce above-average work at the University of Washington School of Law or (2) the candidate will contribute to the diversity of the student body.
Please note that semester-hour credits are converted to quarter-hour credits at a ratio of 1:1.5; e.g., 30 semester-hour credits will convert to 45 quarter-hour credits. For transfer students, UW Law will accept all of the credits earned during the student’s first-year program. Additional credits earned after the first-year are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students are expected to be in residence for a minimum of five quarters and 85 quarter-hour credits. These students are also eligible for graduation with honors based upon academic performance in the second and third years of law school at UW Law.
Financial aid is limited and based on information provided from the FAFSA application and merit. Priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA is February 28. Non-degree students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid through the University of Washington. Those students must consult their financial aid department at their respective law school.
Interview for Admission
As part of the admission evaluation process, the admissions committee may request an interview of a prospective transfer applicant. These interviews will be conducted either in-person or online and will be 30 minutes in length.
Transfer applicants interested in participating on one of the academic journals should visit the Academic Journals tab above for further instructions. Non-degree students do not participate on the academic journals.
On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)
Transfer applicants who are admitted into UW Law will be given further instructions on the OCI process. Non-degree students do not participate in OCI.
Upon receiving an offer of admission into UW Law, students are required to map their curricular options with the Associate Dean for Students.
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
A student in good standing at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association may apply to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law for admission to the degree program with advanced standing after completing at least one year of a full-time JD program or the equivalent. Generally, only first-year coursework is eligible for transfer credit. A maximum of 38 transfer units can be counted toward the 88 units necessary for graduation. All applicants must submit a completed application and the transfer applicant law school information form to be considered for admission.
Transfer Applicant Information
As a transfer applicant, your candidacy will be evaluated based on the space available, as well as your class standing and performance in law school, the quality of the law school you attended, undergraduate/graduate academic performance, LSAT score(s), and any unusual personal circumstances that may suggest the need for a transfer.
Transfer credit will not be granted for courses with less than a “C” grade for work completed at an accredited law school, and no credit will be granted for work completed at an unaccredited law school. The College also may deny or reduce credit for particular courses. Grades received at another law school are not counted in determining a student’s cumulative grade point average at ASU. Please see the Statement of Student Policies for the most current information.
As is the policy of many law schools, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law policy (Section VI. O.) provides that students who transfer into the College are not eligible to be ranked and are not eligible for Order of the Coif.
Each fall we welcome students who have transferred to BU Law after successfully completing one year at an ABA-accredited law school. When making admissions decisions, we place strong emphasis on first-year GPA and class rank. Our transfer applicants are typically ranked in the top 15-20% of their first-year class.
If you’re interested in transferring to BU Law in the fall,** you must submit your application form and fee by July 3 and complete your file with all supporting documentation by August 1**. Boston University School of Law begins accepting applications for transfer on March 1 for the upcoming fall. We will not review your application until we receive a law school transcript that contains all first-year grades. BU Law grants a maximum of 30 transfer credits, the equivalent of our first-year curriculum. Part-time students are eligible to apply to transfer to BU Law, however, to apply as a transfer student, you should have completed the equivalent of our first-year curriculum. BU Law does not generally grant credit for courses taken over the summer.
Each year, Boston College Law School admits transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 29 credits and one year of full-time study at an American Bar Association-approved law school. Transfer admission is based in large part on your performance at your current law school. Advanced standing credit maybe awarded for a maximum of 33 credits. The JD degree will be awarded after successful completion of the remaining two years of full-time study at Boston College Law School.
All applicants must submit through LSAC’s website (www.lsac.org) the following information:
- Completed and signed Transfer application to Boston College Law School.
- Letter stating your reasons for wishing to transfer to Boston College Law School.
- Letter of Good Standing from the dean of your current law school.
- A transcript of all law school grades, including class rank if/when available.
- Letter of recommendation from a current law professor.
- A copy of your LSDAS report from LSAC, to be sent directly to Boston College Law School.
- A current copy of your résumé.
- An application fee of $75 (US Dollars). Fee waivers are not available for transfer applications.
Transfer applications may be submitted beginning March 1 through July 1, 2013. Complete first year law school grades are required. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. For those accepted, a $1,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit will be due by July 1, or by the date specified on the letter of acceptance.
Please contact our office if you have additional questions. We look forward to receiving your application.
Character and Fitness:
You are advised that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the Bar. We encourage you, prior to matriculation, to determine what the requirements are in the state(s) where you intend to practice.
**Career Services ** The schedule for Fall recruiting interviews and the bidding schedule will be posted on the career services website.
The deadline for participation in our off-campus and on-campus recruitment program is the middle of July. In order to participate in fall recruiting, a transfer student must have paid his/her non-refundable tuition deposit. Once the tuition deposit is paid, the student must meet with our recruitment manager and one of our career counselors. As we submit student resumes electronically to employers all at once, resumes of transfer students who pay their deposit after the career services deadline will not be included in the school’s submissions.
Law Reviews Boston College Law School publishes 5 scholarly journals. Students who finish their first year in the top ten percent of the class are invited to join the review of their choice. The remaining 45 to 50 staff positions are filled from the pool of students who participate in a writing competition held at the end of exams in May. The reviews endeavor to keep a limited number of staff positions available for transfer students, however, who may participate in a writing competition that takes place in the 12 days prior to the first day of second year classes. The editorial boards will evaluate those submissions and, if they determine that the writing is exceptional, will make offers to transfer students on an as-available basis. Historically (and depending on the number of transfer students entering the second year class), roughly three to five students have received an invitation to join a publication. In the interest of full disclosure, you should understand that the Boston College Law Review will be fully staffed; your participation in the competition, therefore, is for a staff position on one of the remaining publications.
Advocacy Programs Students who transfer to Boston College Law School in their second year are eligible to participate in the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition. The Grimes Competition is an intra-school competition open to all second year law students. Students who participate in the Grimes Competition are eligible to try-out for a position on one of our eleven national moot court teams. The teams are comprised of third-year law students who represent BC Law at regional, national, and international competitions. Advocacy website
Financial Aid Information Transfer applicants: To apply for financial aid, transfer applicants must complete the BC Law Financial Aid Application, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and electronically file the Need Access form. Parental information is required on the Need Access form if you would like to be considered for institutional funding (Boston College Law School scholarships, grants, and low interest loans) should funding be available. In such cases, copies of your and your parents’ federal income tax returns are also required.
**Admitted transfer students: **If you are accepted for admission, please be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office at your former law school to notify them that you will be attending BC Law in the fall. If you have applied for loans through your prior law school, you will also need to cancel those loans and reapply through Boston College.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL
UNC School of Law accepts transfer students for full time study only (at least nine credit hours).
The University of North Carolina School of Law does not accept transfer applications from students currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University School of Law because it is North Carolina’s other public law school, and we share inter-institutional programs.
Files will otherwise be evaluated using the standards below.
ELIGIBILITY, REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS
Applicants must have successfully completed one year of full time study or the equivalent number of credit hours in part time study, at a law school approved by the Association of American Law Schools or the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. No more than 30 credits of work from another law school will be credited. No student will be admitted who is ineligible to return to the institution last attended.
UNC School of Law will accept up to 30 transfer credit hours. These credits are reviewed 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 either be courses that are typical first-year courses or law school courses in which an upper level student would receive credit at UNC
After enrolling, transfer students may take no more than 11 additional hours of ungraded courses at UNC.
Transfer applicants are most competitive for admission if their records indicate that they would have been eligible for acceptance as a first-year student. Transfer students should be performing superior academic work at their current law school.
Transfer candidates must submit the following:
- Application for admission (). After May 13, 2013 electronic applications are available at http://www.lsac.org/.
- $75 application fee
- An updated CAS (formerly LSDAS) report, evidencing your matriculation in law school.
- A letter of good standing from the associate dean for academic affairs at your current law school.
- An official transcript, sent directly to the Office of Admissions, from your law school, reflecting law courses completed and grades received.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- A statement of the reason for the proposed transfer, in lieu of the personal statement.
- A resume or comprehensive listing of experience and achievements.
We will begin accepting applications for transfer applicants for fall 2013 on May 13, 2013. The application deadline is June 24, 2013, and grades for courses completed after that date must be submitted to the Office of Admissions as soon as they are available. Admissions decisions regarding transfer applications are typically made after mid-July.
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
Requirements for Admission:
Your current law school must be approved by the American Bar Association or be a member of the American Association of Law Schools.
You must be in good standing and have successfully completed 26 credit hours at your current law school.
- Generally, students should rank in the upper third of their class to be considered for transfer admission.
- The number of credits transferred from your previous law school to William & Mary may vary. Transcripts are individually evaluated and compared to the William & Mary curriculum. Normally, 30 credit hours is the maximum that will be accepted, and only those credits where the grade earned is a “C” or better will transfer. Under no circumstance will the Law School accept more than 35 transfer credit hours.
- Scholarships funded by the Law School are generally not available to transfer students. Transfer students are urged to explore scholarships from other sources as well as loans if they need financial assistance.
We hope to make your transition as easy as possible. Transfer students are encouraged to participate in Moot Court, Trial Teams, journal competitions, and other organizations on campus. Getting involved will make you feel more at home at William & Mary.
We will accept transfer applications between April 1 and July 1 for enrollment in August. Students generally receive admission decisions in July and early August.
Steps for Applying:
(1) Complete the Application Applicants should complete and submit the LSAC Electronic Application.
(2) Submit the Application Fee Submit a nonrefundable $50 (U.S. dollars) application fee by July 1 through a credit or debit card payment through LSAC.
***(3) Submit a Personal Statement *** Submit a personal statement including your reason(s) for seeking transfer to William & Mary Law School.
(4) Submit Letters of Recommendation or Evaluations Submit at least two letters of recommendation or evaluations by July 1. One should be from a faculty member of your current law school. You may submit letters of recommendation or evaluations with your application or the recommenders may send their letter directly to William & Mary Law School, Admission Office, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795.
(5) Submit Letter of Good Standing Submit a letter of good standing from the dean of your law school, written after grades for the last semester have been posted, stating that you are in good academic standing and unconditionally eligible to return.
(6) Send LSAT Report and Academic Transcripts Arrange to have a copy of your LSAT score and all undergraduate, graduate and law school transcripts sent to William & Mary Law School. The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription fee is valid for five years and individuals can update their file and request a new CAS report without re-registering for the CAS service. Transfer applicants must request updated transcripts with spring semester grades and, if available, class rank. Official transcripts will be required for matriculation.
(7) Apply for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges Applicants claiming entitlement to in-state educational privileges must complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges, save, and add it as an attachment to the electronic application. If the admission application has already been electronically submitted, applicants applying for Virginia in-state tuition privileges must complete the form found on the University Registrar’s website and return to the Registrar by mail or fax.
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
The University of Georgia School of Law admits a few select transfer students each year. Students interested in completing their studies at the School of Law are encouraged to apply. Transfer students are welcomed to Georgia Law by our students and faculty and have opportunities to join student organizations, journals, advocacy teams, clinics, and social activities.
A student who has completed the first year of full-time studies in a Juris Doctor degree program at a law school which has been approved by the American Bar Association may be considered for transfer admission. Transfer applications from law schools awarded provisional ABA accreditation will not be considered. **Transfer applicants are admitted in the Fall semester of the second year of law school only. ** No transfer applicants are admitted for the Summer or Spring terms. No transfer students are eligible for any joint degree program at the University of Georgia.
In making transfer decisions, the Admissions Committee relies heavily upon three criteria: (1) the applicant’s academic record at all schools attended, including law schools and the applicant’s Law School Admission Test score(s), (2) the reasons for seeking transfer to the University of Georgia School of Law and (3) the number of places available in the class. Credit for first-year courses completed by an admitted transfer student at his/her home school will be awarded in the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs upon evaluation of the transfer student’s grades and courses. This evaluation will take place before the transfer student’s enrollment at Georgia Law. Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses taken pass/fail or on any other ungraded basis or for any course completed with a grade lower than a C or its equivalent. Georgia Law will normally accept approximately 30 hours of credit from another law school. The School of Law may require transfer students to take particular courses at Georgia Law in order to meet graduation requirements even if the student has had a similar course at another law school. Students will receive credit for courses completed at another law school as determined by Georgia Law, but a transfer student’s grades will not be used in calculating the student’s Georgia Law GPA. Transfer students will not have class ranks until the end of the second year of law school.
Georgia Law has three academic journals: GA Law Review, GA Journal of Int’l & Comparative Law, and Journal of Intellectual Property Law. All transfer students are eligible to participate in the write-on competition for journal membership. Interested students should contact Gracie Waldrup in the Student Publications Office at email@example.com or (706) 542-7286 by May 1st. Student publications require a two year commitment, therefore, this will be the only opportunity to apply for membership.
Students wishing to be a part of the Trial Advocacy Team can email Kellie Casey Monk for information on tryouts. Moot start tryouts begin at the end of August and mock tryouts begin in September. An information meeting will take place the first week classes are in session.
Admission Procedure Outline ** ** 1. Law School Application. All applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.org. An applicant seeking admission for fall semester must submit an application for admission by June 15, 2013. All materials necessary to complete the admission file must be received by July 1, 2013. All files completed after that date may be considered by the Admissions Committee at its discretion. An application fee of $50 must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org. .
- Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript showing all law school courses attempted, including final first-year grades, is required in order to be considered for admission.
3.** Letter of Good Standing**. A letter of good standing must be received from the dean of the law school from which transfer is desired. The letter must indicate whether the applicant is in good standing and is eligible for continued enrollment. When possible, it should include the applicant’s class standing upon completion of first-year studies. The letter must be sent after the conclusion of the academic term immediately preceding desired enrollment.
LSAC Law School Report. All applicants for transfer admission must have a current LSAC Law School Report sent to the School of Law by the Law School Admissions Council. The report must include all courses taken prior to law school enrollment. This requirement may necessitate having the degree-granting institution send a final undergraduate transcript to CAS. Law School Reports previously received by the School of Law will not satisfy this requirement. The final undergraduate transcript must indicate that the applicant’s undergraduate degree has been awarded.
Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation written in support of your transfer application are required. Letters used in a previous application to law school will not be accepted. At least one of the letters should be from a law professor. Letters should be sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSON, MADISON
Thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin Law School. Transfer and visiting applications for Fall 2013 are due on or before July 1, 2013. Transfer and Visiting applications are now available here. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (608) 262-5914 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a list of items necessary to complete the Transfer or Visiting application, please view this checklist.
To apply as a transfer student, you must have attended an ABA-approved school and must be academically eligible to continue as a regular full-time student in the school you last attended. Generally, you will have needed to complete the equivalent of the first-year curriculum, and no more than 45 credits, to receive a degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
The Law School Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to the review of transfer applications. Applicants are generally accepted when they are able to demonstrate strong academic performance in their first-year curriculum, depending on the quality of the law school from which they are applying. The Law School matriculates approximately 25 transfer applicants each year in the fall, although the number of accepted transfer students is likely to increase due to the increasing quality of our applicant pools in recent years. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester.
Credit Transfer Policy
Upon a transfer student’s matriculation as a University of Wisconsin Law School student, the UW Law School will transfer to the student’s UW Law record those credits associated with each law course completed at the student’s original law school, under the following conditions: the original law school is an ABA-approved law school, and the grade earned in the law course, if graded, is at least a C (or equivalent) or better.
Prospective transfer students should also note that, in order to earn the J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a minimum of 50 credits of the 90 credits needed for the degree must be earned as a University of Wisconsin Law School student.
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law welcomes a select group of transfer students each year and we encourage you to apply if you are interested in attending. The transfer students who join us each year find a welcoming community filled with opportunities to participate in the wide range of programs that Moritz offers. Moritz will accept applications from transfer students March 15 through July 1 for fall admission.
We consider a range of factors in the admission process including academic achievement and evidence of your ability to contribute positively to the profession and impact the intellectual life of the College. In assessing an applicant’s potential for success, primary consideration is given to applicant’s academic performance during their first year. We also review undergraduate transcripts and LSAT scores. Consideration is given to letters of recommendation- especially that of a 1L professor, extra-curricular activities, leadership abilities, multi-cultural experience, public service activities, work experience, life experience and contributions to diversity. In general, applicants should be ranked in the upper third of their law school class and have quantifiable credentials comparable to those of the OSU students with whom they would be competing.
The median 1L law school GPA for transfer students to the Class of 2014 was a 3.47. One half of the students transferring during the 2012-2013 academic year were in the top 10% of their respective law school classes. All students transferring to the Moritz Class of 2014 were ranked in the top 30% of their class or above.
*Regular Application: *Applications received and completed by July 1 will be reviewed for regular admission. Regular transfer application decisions are made on a rolling basis. As a general rule, final decisions concerning transfer applicants are made in mid-June through early August.
Early Action: Applications received and completed by May 1 will be reviewed for early action, if requested, and decisions will be made on a rolling basis no later than June 1. A completed early action application must include an official transcript for your first semester at law school and other requirements as indicated on the transfer application. Offers of early action admission are conditioned upon your successful completion of all first year courses at the law school from which you are transferring, being in good academic standing, and having had no changes to your character and fitness responses. If you are admitted under this program, you need to pay your seat deposit by June 25.
All applicants not admitted under the early action option will be deferred to the regular transfer application process and considered for admission upon receipt of an official transcript and letter of good standing for the entire 1L year.
A transfer student may enroll any term in which the courses scheduled provide the student with a viable academic program. In all cases where admission is granted, the law school work that has been completed will be evaluated for transfer of credit in light of the curricular offerings of Moritz. Only up to 45 quarter-hours or 31 semester-hours of transfer credit will be accepted.
If you have any questions about these instructions, please call the Moritz College of Law Admissions Office at (614) 292-8810.
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
Interested in transferring to Wake Forest law school? The Office of Admissions welcomes transfer students each year for the JD degree program.
Most successful transfer students are in the top of their law school class. We consider all of the information in your file, but we pay, particular attention to your performance in the first year of law school.
In order to be eligible for admission as a transfer student, you must be a student in good standing at another law school. The law school must be accredited by the ABA. Wake Forest prefers that the law school also be a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Applicants applying for transfer admission must apply electronically via LSAC by submitting the regular Wake Forest Law application and selecting “Transfer and Visiting” within the Application Status section. You will also need to submit the following additional materials by our application deadline of July 1:
An official transcript of all courses taken during your first year of law school
A letter of good standing from the dean of your current law school or other appropriate official, written as of the end of your first year in law school, stating that you are a student in good academic standing and are eligible to return if you choose to do so
A statement of your rank in class as of the end of your first year in law school. If your law school does not rank students, please submit a statement of that policy from your registrar or academic dean
A letter of recommendation from a law school professor
An original copy of the CAS law school report sent to us directly from LSAC. Your CAS subscription fee is valid for five years, so you can update your file and request a copy of your report without re-registering for CAS
The official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution
You may submit an application after completing your first semester of law school to receive a conditional acceptance based on continued and consistent academic success. Applications for conditional review are accepted beginning January 1 through May 1. At the time of application, you will only be required to submit a transcript and class rank with your application. After your first year is complete (second semester grades are posted), you will need to submit an updated transcript and class rank, along with the letter of good standing and other required documentation.
Decisions Regarding Transfer Applicants
We begin review of transfer applications as files are completed, and we notify applicants on a rolling basis as soon as we make decisions. We review an applicant’s entire file, with particular attention to performance in the first year of law school.
Transfer students are fully eligible for loan funding. Applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), designating the Wake Forest School of Law (FAFSA Code E00514) as a recipient of the Student Aid Report. Unfortunately, scholarship funds are not available for transfer students.
Applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of law study at an ABA approved law school, and be in good academic standing. Transfer candidates will be accepted for matriculation only at the beginning of an academic year.
Applications may be submitted from March 16, 2013 - June 30, 2013. Applicants applying as a tranfer student must submit:
A completed Fordham Law School application, together with the $70 application fee.
A complete law transcript which includes all grades earned in the first year, and any subsequent years of the applicant’s law school enrollment.
An official LSDAS report from the Law School Admission Services (a copy of the report on file in the applicant’s law school).
A letter of good standing sent directly from the current law school to the Fordham Law School Office of Admissions.
A statement detailing the reasons why the applicant wishes to transfer to Fordham Law School.
Transfer applications are considered during the latter part of July, and applicants will ordinarily receive a decision during the first week of August.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Transcripts for students transferring into the College of Law are evaluated by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Credit is awarded for courses previously taken at the law school of origin. However, the units awarded will not exceed the units a student would have received, had the units been taken at this College of Law. Additionally, any units previously taken will transfer in as Pass/Fail units. Finally, students transferring in, must fulfill the same requirement of 37 graded units after completion of the first-year curriculum. Class rank for transfer students will be based on the rank achieved at this College of Law. Class ranks, as with class ranks for all second and third year classes, will be determined at the end of each semester.
Order of the Coif. The College of Law is a member of this prestigious national order. The faculty of the College of Law, in its discretion, awards this honor to third-year students who are within the top 10% of the graduating class and who have completed at least 75% of their law studies in graded College of Law units. A student admitted as a transfer student at the College of Law is eligible for consideration to membership in the Order of the Coif. However, such transfer students must meet two specific requirements:
1. A transfer student must take, in his or her second and third years here, at least 75% of his or her course units in graded courses.
- A transfer student’s class ranking here, based on his or her GPA for the second and third years, will be compared with the University of Arizona College of Law students’ class ranking, based on those students’ GPA’s for their second and third years here. Only if a transfer student is in the top 10% of the class, based on this computation, is that student eligible for Coif membership.
Law Review/Journal. There is no automatic acceptance to the Arizona Law Review of the Journal of International and Comparative Law for transfer students. Rather, transfer students must check with the editors of these publications for rules of acceptance.
Any questions regarding application of these policies should be referred to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
To be eligible for admission to UC Davis School of Law as a transfer student, you must have completed at least one full-time year of study in another American Bar Association-approved law school. Students in good standing may be admitted to UC Davis School of Law with credit for not more than one year of study. No more than 30 previously earned units may be credited toward the Juris Doctor degree at King Hall. Transfer students are admitted for the Fall semester only. Applications are accepted only from June 1 – June 30 of the year for which admission is sought, and will will be considered only after the Admissions Committee has received transcripts for all prior law school courses.
The application period is June 1 – June 30 for admission in Fall semester.****
Frequently Asked Questions:
When will I be informed about admission?
Decisions will be made as soon as possible, and applicants will be notified as promptly as circumstances permit. Notifications typically begin in late June and often continue through July and into the first week of August.
What factors are considered for admission as a transfer?
Prior law school grade point average is the primary factor considered. Applicants performing in the top 5-10 percent of their first-year class receive serious consideration. In exceptional cases, and based on the law school attended, applicants performing slightly lower in the class may be admitted. The LSAT score is also considered.
How many students are typically admitted as transfers?
Transfers are admitted on a space-available basis. The number of offers vary from year to year depending on the number of seats available. The applicant pool usually numbers about 90-100.
How many units must I complete in order to be eligible?
Applicants must have completed at least 30 semester units in order to receive serious consideration for transfer, unless the unit total for full-time first-year attendance at the prior law school is less than 30.
I have completed one year of study in a part-time evening program. Am I eligible to apply for transfer?
If you have completed the number of units required to move to second-year status at your prior ABA-approved law school, you may apply for admission as a transfer.
I am an international student, and I have completed an LLM degree at an ABA-approved law school. Am I eligible to apply to transfer? How many of my LLM courses will be credited?
Only students who have completed the traditional first year of a Juris Doctor degree program at an American Bar Association-approved law school may apply to transfer. Credits earned in an LLM program will not be credited toward a Juris Doctor degree at UC Davis Law School.
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Can you tell me about your law school and transfer application process?
As a starting point, it is generally most useful for prospective transfer applicants to visit our website (www.law.gmu.edu) as well as the websites of other law schools in which they are interested. It is always better for us to talk with individuals about their unique situations and interests, rather than reciting information that is readily available on the web. Likewise, reviewing the general information and general FAQs posted often helps prospective transfer applicants formulate specific questions that are most important to them.
General Admissions Information/Application Process
Our transfer application, along with detailed instructions, is available through LSAC. If you have questions about the admissions process, you should contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com or (703) 993-8010.
How many transfer applications do you receive? How many applicants do you accept?
The number of transfer applications varies greatly from year to year. More importantly, the number of admission offers also varies and frequently depends on both the size of the second-year class and the total law school population. Each year we admit a number of transfer applicants who have completed one year at another ABA-accredited law school. Like our regular admissions process, our transfer admissions process is competitive.
What is George Mason’s application deadline?
Our fall application deadline is July 1. All documents, with the exception of spring grades and letters of good standing and class rank, must be received by that date. We admit students to begin in the fall semester only. There are no spring admissions.
Full-Time and Part-Time Programs
George Mason offers both a three-year full-time and a four-year part-time program.
Students in the full-time program attend classes during the day (day classes are scheduled between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.). Students in the part-time program attend classes in the evenings (evening classes are scheduled between the hours of 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.) and take fewer classes.
Students who are enrolled as full-time law students may not work more than 20 hours a week.
Is it easier to gain transfer admission to the part-time program?
No. Our admission standards are the same for the full-time and part-time programs.
Does the school accept transfer students that were enrolled as part-time students at their previous schools?
Transfer students previously enrolled as part-time students may apply to transfer to Mason’s full-time or part-time programs.
How many credit hours are required?
In order to earn a JD at George Mason, students must successfully complete a total of 89 credit hours. Full-time students take 12-15 credit hours per semester; part-time students take 8-12 credit hours.
How many credit hours will transfer?
Transfer credits may not exceed 29 units. Grades do not transfer. Transfer credit is given only for work that will be no more than five years old at the time of graduation. Courses in which a grade of less than C was earned are not considered for transfer credit. For detailed information regrading transfer credit, see Academic Regulation 2.5.
Requirements to Be Considered for Admission
There are a number of requirements that you must satisfy in order to be considered for transfer admission to our JD program. Please be sure that you carefully review the instructions that accompany our application form, which is available through LSAC. You can view forms and information on our website.
What is the general application process for transfer students?
George Mason Law requires applicants to submit the Application for Transfer and the following items:
The application fee
An official law school transcript reflecting finals grade for fall and spring
A letter from the dean of the current law school certifying good academic standing and eligibility to continue
A certification of class rank
A 500-word personal statement indicating your reasons for applying for transfer admission
Two letters of recommendation (one from a current law school professor and the other from any recommender) sent directly to Mason or through LSAC (preferred)
A complete copy of the LSAC Law School Report
An Application for Virginia In-State Tuition, if eligible
Completion of First Year Law School Required
To be considered for transfer admission to our JD program, you must have completed your first year from an ABA-accredited law school.
To be considered for transfer admission to our JD program, you also must submit certification of your class rank. If your school does not rank its class, then a letter from the dean (or the dean’s designate) of your law school stating such must be submitted.
Does George Mason Require a Dean’s Certification as part of the application?
We require a letter from the dean (or the dean’s designate) of the current law school certifying good academic standing, eligibility to continue, and certification of class rank.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
We require two letters of recommendation: One from a law professor at your current law school and one from any recommender.
Does George Mason require that letters of recommendation be submitted through the Law Services Letter of Recommendation Service?
Applicants may submit letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, preferred, or directly to our Admissions Office, using the letter of recommendation form (be sure to scroll down the page until you reach the recommendation form).
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
We require at least one letter from a law school professor from your current law school. The other letter can come from any recommender. It is most important that the individuals who are recommending you really know you and can speak to your abilities, work ethic, character, etc.
May I submit a resume with my application?
Yes, a resume is required for transfer applicants. It is strongly recommended that your resume indicate your activities for the summer following your first year of law school.
Is there a preferred topic for the personal statement?
Your personal statement must include your reasons for applying for transfer admission. The personal statement gives you limited opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee about yourself. The Admissions Committee looks to the personal statement to evaluate your writing ability. Be sure that you use proper grammar, good paragraph construction, and convey your message in a concise manner. Proofread your statement to be sure there are no typos. Avoid using big words and complex sentences to impress. Write clearly and concisely.
My personal statement is longer than 500 words. Is that a problem?
We strongly prefer that you stay within the 500-word limit. However, we neither count words nor penalize applicants for overages. If your statement is 550 or 650 words, that’s fine. If your statement is 2,000 words, you should try to rework it to get the word count closer to 500.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
To be eligible to apply for admission as a transfer student into the Juris Doctor program at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, applicants must have completed at least one school year (two semesters) at another ABA approved law school. Transfer applicants may be admitted in either the fall or the spring semester. The Admissions Committee at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis. The Committee evaluates the academic potential of applicants through a thorough assessment of their academic record, professional and educational experiences, talents and skills. In addition, the Committee identifies candidates who will enhance the professional development of their peers and will contribute positively to the law school community as a whole.
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, students must obtain 53 of the 85 credits required for graduation in courses or other credit programs offered by the School of Law. Therefore, no more than 32 credits may be transferred. Furthermore, grades will not transfer. In order to satisfy the graduation requirements for specific required courses, course descriptions of courses previously taken must be substantially similar to the course as offered at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. During the application review process, transfer applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi to demonstrate similarity of subject matter covered.
Transfer applicants may be admitted in either the fall or the spring semesters.
Candidates who would like to enroll as transfer students in the spring semester of 2013 may apply between October 1, 2012 and December 1, 2012.
Candidates who would like to enroll as transfer students in the fall semester of 2013 may apply between February 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013.
Application Fees and Deposits
The application fee is $70 and may be paid online by credit card through the LSAC or by check or U.S. money order payable to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. All fees and deposits are non-refundable. All checks must be drawn on a bank that has a branch in the United States. We also accept American Express, Thomas Cook, and Barclay’s traveler’s checks. Postal money orders from other countries are not acceptable. Please do not send cash.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Students wishing to transfer from another law school for the purpose of obtaining a law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law must:
Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Be a student in good standing at an ABA-approved law school
Have completed the first-year, full-time curriculum without having begun the second year
Have an exceptional law school academic record, and
Possess qualities that would add significantly to the educational experience of Utah law students.
The College of Law reserves the right to refuse credit for any course work completed at another law school and does not accept more than 30 hours of transfer credit. The file completion deadline is July 15. It is the candidate’s responsibilty to make sure the application file is complete.
A transfer applicant may participate in the Utah Law Review write-on competition held for 1L students after spring semester finals. Transfer students will follow the same rules and will be afforded the same accommodations as current 1L students participating in the competition. Since the transfer student write-on practice was instituted, a number of transfer students have successfully earned membership on Law Review. In 2011, for example, three transfer students were selected. Furthermore, two of these transfer students were recently elected to executive editor positions. Participation in the competition does not affect the transfer admission decision in any way. The Utah Law Review will, however, inform the admissions office whenever a prospective transfer student’s submission is sufficient to earn membership. To receive a write-on competition packet you must email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition packets will be due Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5pm MST. No extensions will be given.
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
Candidates for the JD degree may apply for admission with advanced standing, awarded for work completed at another ABA-approved law school. Acceptance of credits earned by a student permitted to transfer to this school from another law school shall be in the discretion of the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs. However, no credits will be accepted for courses taken at any other law school unless the grade received is at least the equivalent of 2.2 at the BYU Law School, and there must be no duplication of credits. Grades for such transfer credits shall appear on the Progress Report of this law school as a pass.
Such applicants must be academically eligible to continue as regular, full-time students in the school last attended.
Because only a few vacancies occur each year and many applications for transfer are received, the applicant must be within the top third of his or her law school class and have a compelling reason for transferring.
Students who have completed their first year of law study at another law school may be considered for transfer.
Students with more than one year of law study may be permitted to attend the Law School only as visiting students.
These visiting students transfer credits earned at the J. Reuben Clark Law School back to their other law schools for application toward graduation requirements there. If you are applying as a visiting student for Winter only, APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 15TH, along with the rest of the applications for transfer and visiting students. (For example, students wishing to start Winter 2014 must have a completed application by June 15, 2013.)
Specific information regarding transfer or visiting status may be obtained by contacting the Law School Admissions Office, 340 JRCB, Provo, UT 84602-8000, email@example.com.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER
We accept Transfer applications for Fall 2013 and Visitor applications for Fall 2013/Spring 2014 from May 1 to July 1. Please send your completed form and all materials to the Office of Admissions, at the address on the form.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
1st year required courses
The following are first year required courses at the University of Florida Levin College of Law:
Contracts 5000, Criminal Law 5100, Torts 5700, Professional Responsibility 6750**, Introduction to Lawyering 5755***, Civil Procedure 5301, Constitutional Law 5501, Property 5400, Legal Research/Legal Writing 5792, Appellate Advocacy 5793
Those required courses not taken at your prior institution must be completed during your first year of study at the Levin College of Law.
The Assistant Dean of Students will review your transcripts prior to the start of classes to determine which course(s) you will be required to register during your first and/or second semester. Please also be advised that Legal Drafting is a required second year course and you will be required to take this course during the first fall or spring term you enroll as a student at the UF College of Law. Finally, the Assistant Dean of Students will register you for all required courses, thus, if you have a specific request for a particular course section please contact Dean Mattox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**NOTE: Starting in the Fall 2012 term, Professional Responsibility is no longer a required first year course, however, students who transfer and matriculate in the Fall 2012 term, must complete this course to meet degree requirements as other students in their class have already completed this course.
***NOTE: Starting in the Fall 2012 term, Introduction to Lawyering is a first year required course for all students matriculating into law school for the first time (as a 1L student). However, students who transfer in as 2L’s are not required to complete this course at any time to meet degree requirements for the Juris Doctor degree from UF.
Registration Priority Courses
These courses are not required, but the faculty recommends them for the designated term. Registration for these courses will be allowed in the term of priority. Registration in any other term is subject to space availability after Advanced Registration. Note: Certificate program students have registration priority for some classes.
Per faculty policy, the mean grade for all course sections is 3.15-3.25, inclusive. For courses in which there are 25 or fewer students, there is no minimum and the maximum is 3.60.
Transfer of Credits Policy
Transfer of credits will be permitted based on the following criteria:
A student may request to transfer up to 29 hours of classes taken at another ABA accredited institution. The credits you earn will be accepted towards your J.D. degree at the Levin College of Law, provided that you adhere to the following rules:
A student will not receive credit for any Levin College of Law required courses taken at another law school without prior written permission.
A student will not receive credit for a course taken at the Levin College of Law if the same course was taken at another law school and those credits were transferred.
A student will receive credit for elective courses only if the student earns a grade of 2.0, “C”, or its equivalent or higher in the course. The grades will appear as “S” grades on the UF transcript and will not be calculated in the grade point average.
The College does not have any articulation agreements with other institutions.
Joint Degree Information
Transfer students are not eligible for joint degree programs due to the maximum number of transfer credits allocated at the time of transfer.
Non-graduate course options
Transfer students are not eligible for the graduate course option due to the maximum limit of transfer credits allocated at the time of transfer.
Order of the Coif
Transfer students are not eligible for Order of the Coif due to the number of transfer credits allocated towards the J.D.
Westlaw, Lexis Nexis
Upon transfer to the University of Florida Levin College of Law, you will need a WestLaw and LexisNexis account with UF. You will receive this information prior to the start of classes for the term either from the representatives from Westlaw and LexisNexis or the Assistant Dean of Students. You will need access to both systems to conduct research and/or access assignments, syllabi and other information posted by professors.
UF Law currently has 5 established certificate programs that provide for specific areas of specialization. The current programs are listed below but for additional information regarding requirements for the programs, please visit http://www.law.ufl.edu/programs/ to find the specific program and contact information.
Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate
UF Law’s Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate Program enables students to demonstrate concentration and accomplishment in these two important fields. Certificate requirements were developed by faculty in consultation with an advisory board of leading practitioners from private firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Enrolled students take eight credit hours above their JD requirements to graduate. Thus, unlike similar programs elsewhere, students in this personalized curriculum enjoy both breadth and depth in their studies.
Estates & Trusts Practice Certificate
This area of the law is of considerable practical importance since it involves counseling clients on how to effectively provide for themselves and dispose of property during their lifetime or at death. The practice involves planning, drafting and administering gratuitous transfers of property, thus implicating the law of gifts, trusts, future interests, intestate succession, wills, probate, fiduciary law and taxation. Perhaps more importantly, the practice involves counseling clients on the many complex issues confronting the elderly.
Family Law Certificate
The increasing complexity of divorce law and children’s law and the rise of the nontraditional family make family law one of the fastest growing and most intricate practice specialties. One new demand, for example, was created by a Florida Supreme Court mandate that established the “Unified Family Court” to handle all family, juvenile and delinquency matters. Administered by the Center on Children and Families, the certificate program offers sequential clinical and classroom experiences for effective training in areas such as child development, family economics, negotiation and drafting, and courtroom advocacy.
Intellectual Property Law Certificate
Traditionally, intellectual property law encompasses several different bodies of law, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. The technology boom has expanded the need for patent lawyers as well as those trained in related fields such as antitrust, media, cyberlaw and general commercial law. The demand also continues to grow for those who can adapt or create doctrines in new fields — such as genetic engineering, accessing and downloading Internet materials, and disputes involving domain names, metatags and hyperlinks — as well as for those who can apply these laws in more traditional Industries and the creative arts.
International and Comparative Law Certificate
Every field of law that involves commerce — civil procedure, business associations, securities regulation, intellectual property, trade regulation, taxation, immigration and environmental law, among others —is affected by globalization. Equally important is the development of human rights laws, domestically and internationally. This certificate program helps prepare students for practice in this new global legal environment by teaching international aspects of every area of the law.
Criminal Justice Certificate
An effective criminal justice system is a fundamental component of a just and prosperous civilization. Our nation has an elaborate system of laws and procedures designed to protect the accused, punish offenders, and preserve the peace. Not surprisingly, a large number of UF College of Law graduates go on to careers in criminal law in both the public and private sectors. One of the primary goals of our Criminal Justice Center is to enhance the law school experience of these students by providing them with academic advising, mentorship, area-specific education, and detailed criminal-practice training.
In particular, the Center’s Criminal Justice Certificate Program provides students who are interested in criminal law — either as an area of academic study or as one of future practice, or both — with a unique opportunity to obtain and demonstrate special competency in the field. The program offers a rich and coordinated curriculum, clinical programs, independent studies, summer externships, networking opportunities, and the chance to participate in the Criminal Law Association.
Not eligible for non-UF study abroad due to the maximum number of transfer credits allocated at time of transfer.
For information regarding UF LAW sponsored study abroad programs in Costa Rica, South Africa, and Montpellier, France, please check the Student Affairs website at http://www.law.ufl.edu/academics/academic-programs/study-abroad/ or you may contact, Michelle Ocepek, Director of Student Programs at email@example.com.
UF Law Academic Policies
In addition to the policies and information listed above, it is expected that UF Law Students familiarize themselves with all academic policies. Therefore, please read the information at the following link to gain an understanding of these policies: http://www.law.ufl.edu/student-affairs/current-students/academic-policies/.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Transfer students receive the numerous benefits of the excellent academic environment at the University of Illinois College of Law, including opportunities to learn from renowned scholars who are influencing the legal and regulatory underpinnings of the profession’s core.
The College’s administration, faculty, and staff work to integrate incoming transfer students into the life of the school. From Law Review to Trial Advocacy to the Student Bar Association, transfer students have every opportunity to enjoy and benefit from all that the College has to offer.
In general, transfer applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement at their current institution, as well as their writing ability and other factors relevant to first-year admissions.
Application Requirements include:
Online application through LSAC
Undergraduate transcripts showing certification of degree
Personal statement that includes the reasons for requesting the transfer
Additional documents, which may be submitted to LSAC or emailed directly to the Office of Admissions
Official transcripts of all previous law school work showing completion of at least one full semester of law study (an updated transcript must be submitted after completion of the full first year of law study)
Two letters of recommendation
All admitted transfer students must send original copies of the following documents to the Office of Admissions before matriculation at Illinois:
- Letter of good standing from the previous law school
- Official law school transcript
- Official undergraduate transcript
A Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report will be requested from LSAC. Every candidate who registers for CAS will receive five years of service, and transfer applicants will not have to renew their CAS service, but pay only the report fee for each additional law school report.
Transfer of Credit From Other Academic Institutions
Transfer students must satisfy all of the College’s graduation requirements, including any of the College’s first-year courses. Students who transfer to the College of Law may receive credit for the courses they successfully completed at their prior law school, subject to the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The University of Illinois College of Law does not have articulation agreements with other law schools. Accordingly, transfer of credit from other academic institutions is subject to the following rules.
1. The credit must be earned at another ABA-Approved Law School.
2. The student must have earned a grade of “C” (or equivalent) or better in the class for which transfer credit is sought.
3. The amount of transfer credit awarded will be based on the number of minutes of instruction in the class for which transfer credit is sought. In general, one semester hour of transfer credit will be awarded for each 700 minutes of classroom instruction or its equivalent. In making the determination of “equivalents,” the College applies the standards for granting of course credit contained in ABA Standard 304 and Interpretation 304-3 of the Standards for Approval of Law Schools.
4. No transfer credit will be granted for work undertaken in an LL.M. program or other post-JD program. However, students with foreign law degrees may apply for admission into the first-year class with advanced standing (see the following paragraph).
5. The maximum number of transfer credits awarded may not exceed 34 semester hours.
Students at foreign law schools are not eligible for transfer to the College of Law; however, they may apply for admission into the first year class with advanced standing. The College of Law applies the principles of ABA Standard 507 in granting advanced standing status and utilizes the assistance of Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) to establish whether any student from a foreign law school may be eligible for advanced standing credit. The LSAC evaluation includes an evaluation of the prior degree, credit and grading equivalencies, among other items. The maximum number of advanced standing credit allowed is 30 credits.
Applications Accepted: Beginning February 15, 2013 Application Deadline: July 15, 2013
For J.D. Admissions, please contact:
University of Illinois College of Law
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Admission decisions are based on the evaluation of each applicant’s success in law school as well as the extent to which the applicant’s background offers a unique contribution to a diverse education at Florida State University College of Law. The Florida State Law Juris Doctor degree program is a full-time day program.
To receive consideration for admission, transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of one full-time semester of study or two part-time semesters of study at an ABA-approved law school. Additionally, applicants cannot have been academically dismissed from a prior law school, and must be in good standing at their current law school.
Transfer applicants seeking admission after completing only one full-time semester at their current law school prior to the application deadline for the term admission is sought must be in the top 25% of their class to be eligible for consideration. Transfer applicants with two or more completed semesters must be in the top third of their class to be eligible for consideration.
Applicants who will complete more than one semester at their current law school prior to the application deadline for the term admission is sought, must submit transcripts and rank inclusive of all terms at their current law school before the application for admission will be considered.
We accept applications for transfers for the fall, spring and summer terms.
The College of Law admits transfer students in the Spring, Summer and Fall terms each year. The deadline to submit an application accompanied by the required application fee and pertinent documents to the College of Law for each term is listed below. Applications received after the term deadline may not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Applications are accepted beginning October 1, 2012, for all terms.
Spring Deadline: December 1, 2012
Summer Deadline: April 15, 2013
Fall Deadline: July 15, 2013
The following items are required by the deadline in order to complete your application for consideration. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed. All documents must be submitted online through LSAC using the Credential Assembly Service.
- Online Application Form
- Application Fee: $30 (U.S. dollars – non-refundable)
- Resume: A resume must be submitted as an attachment to the online application through LSAC and should be no more than two pages in length.
- Personal Statement: One to two pages, types and double-spaced. Your personal statement should discuss any factors you would like the Committee to consider along side the rest of the information presented in your application.
- Transfer Certification Form completed by the law school Dean or Registrar submitted directly to the law school. This form includes class rank and good standing information.
- CAS Report: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that files are complete and current with CAS.
Transcripts from your current law school and all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
- If you have a law violation and/or a misconduct violation you must submit a written explanation that includes a description as well as the final disposition of the incident IN ADDITION to copies of the official documents pertaining to the incident(s). Official documents include but are not limited to court documents, copies of the citation, letter of good standing from the university, letter from the university regarding academic or disciplinary sanctions and their completion, etc. Official documentation must include the final disposition of the incident to be valid.
Documents not submitted electronically must be mailed to:
Office of Admissions and Records College of Law
425 West Jefferson Street Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1601
*** Please note, documents submitted to the College of Law with no application on file will be discarded after 60 days. ***
Character and Fitness
Each jurisdiction establishes bar registration and admission standards for individuals who wish to practice within the jurisdiction. One important aspect of admission to practice is an evaluation of an applicant’s character and fitness to practice law. Applicants should take care to respond fully and accurately to each question on the law school application. Applicants should be aware that, in conducting character and fitness investigations, bar examiners frequently request copies of candidates’ applications for admission to law school to determine whether they have supplied erroneous, misleading or incomplete information in the admission process. If discrepancies are found, bar examiners may conclude that such discrepancies demonstrate a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability so as to call into question the applicant’s fitness for admission to the bar.
In addition, bar examiners may ask character and fitness-related questions of candidates which are not covered on law school applications. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Board of Bar Examiners of the state(s) in which they intend to practice in order to secure information regarding the qualifications for admission to the practice of law in that jurisdiction, including what constitutes proof of sufficient character and fitness.
International students and others who have completed undergraduate education outside of the United States should provide the law school with an official transcript of academic work and an evaluation of the quality of their academic performance by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Students are required to file the law school application and the Florida State University International Certificate of Financial Responsibility. International students who’s native language is not English, and did not receive a bachelors degree from an undergraduate institution within the United States are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS and have official scores submitted directly to the law school as part of the application.
Minimum scores of 100 on the Internet-based; 250 on the computer-based; and 600 on the paper based TOEFL test are required. Information on the TOEFL can be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 or by visiting www.toefl.com.
Minimum score of 7.5 on the IELTS test is required. Information on the IELTS can be obtained by visiting www.ielts.org.
Transfer of Credits
The Florida State University College of Law Associate Dean for Academic Affairs determines which credits are transferable. No credit will be given for coursework in which the student received a grade lower than 67 or its equivalent. Transfer credits are recorded as S/U (Pass/Fail); therefore transfer students begin with a new GPA at Florida State University College of Law.
To obtain a degree from the Florida State University College of Law, a minimum of 45 semester hours of approved credit work must be completed. Three quarters of all credits completed at Florida State University College of Law must be graded. Eighty-eight credits are required to graduate; therefore a maximum of 43 credit hours may be transferred from your prior law school. Transfer students must take, or have taken, all required courses and meet all graduation requirements.
Application Status Notification
You will receive an e-mail upon receipt of your application which will include a username and password to the online status checker. You may check the status of your application online at www.law.fsu.edu/prospective_students. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is received by the College of Law in order to complete the application for review. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents other than through the online status checker.
Admission decisions are made on a continuous basis once applications become complete. Decisions are based on the strength of the application, not the date by which the application is received. To determine whether or not your application is complete, you should regularly check your online status checker. Applicants are notified by mail of the Admissions Committee’s decision.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
A student who has successfully completed the first-year curriculum at another law school that was at the time of the student’s study a member of the Association of American Law Schools or approved by the Section on Legal Education of the American Bar Association may apply for admission with advanced standing. Admission is selective. A student who has been excluded from or who is on probation at another school will not be admitted.
Dates of Admission
An applicant who has completed the first year at another law school may be admitted in any semester or session. Applications for transfer are reviewed for fall, spring, or summer admission.
Applications for fall admission must be postmarked by July 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by July 15. Applications for spring admission must be postmarked by December 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by December 15. Applications for summer admission must be postmarked by May 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by May 15.
Transfer applicants must complete the J.D. application. It must be supported by transcripts from all colleges and law schools previously attended. Good standing in the law school last attended must be established by a letter from the dean of that school. A copy of the CAS report and the student’s class rank must be provided either by the applicant or the law school last attended. The application must be supported by two letters of recommendation and accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee.
The amount of advanced credit given for work completed in another law school will be determined by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Credit for work completed at another law school transfers as pass/fail credit.
Minimum Hours Requirement
A transfer student may not qualify for a degree from the Dedman School of Law until the student satisfactorily completes at least 58 semester hours at the Dedman School of Law.
Incoming student scholarships are not available for transfer students.
Texas Bar Exam/Declaration of Intent to Study Law
Transfer students from outside the state of Texas are expected to file a Declaration of Intent to Study Law with the Texas Board of Legal Examiners (BLE) by October of the year in which they transfer if they intend to sit for the Texas Bar Exam upon graduation. Failure to file in a timely manner will result in increased fees due to the BLE upon filing. For more information, see the BLE website.
In order to be considered for admission to the second-year class, transfer candidates must submit:
A completed Transfer Application Form available through www.lsac.org. Alternatively, hard copy application materials in pdf format can be provided upon request; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504.865.5930
The $60 application fee (fee waivers are not available for transfer applications)
A letter of good standing from the appropriate dean at the candidate’s current law school, after the student’s final semester of grades has been posted; the letter must indicate class rank and must indicate that the student is eligible to return to the current law school (this letter should be sent directly to Tulane, not through LSAC)
Certified transcript(s) of all law coursework completed, including the final semester of enrollment (the law school transcript may be sent directly to Tulane; it is also permissible, though not necessary, to send it to LSAC)
A new LSAC Credential Assembly Service Law School Report, including LSAT score(s), transcript analysis, and copies of undergraduate transcripts. (Candidates must arrange with the Law School Admission Council, LSAC, for a new Law School Report to be sent directly to Tulane Law School. Our LSDAS number is 6832.)
A personal statement including an explanation of the candidate’s reason(s) for wishing to transfer to Tulane
Applications for transfer should be submitted between May 1 and August 1 for fall admission, and before December 1 for spring admission. Candidates should be aware that final admission decisions will be made only after all of their law school grades have been posted. For this reason, candidates enrolled at another law school during the fall semester are unlikely to be eligible for spring admission.
Transfer candidates interested in financial aid should submit the FAFSA (see Financial Aid section of this website) at the earliest possible time, even before notification of admission, so that loans can be processed and proceeds available close to the start of school. Transfer candidates should be aware that Tulane is not able to include scholarships or grants in their financial aid packages during their enrollment at Tulane Law School.
To qualify for the Tulane JD, transfer students must complete four full-time semesters in residence at Tulane (excluding any summer sessions) and at least 58 hours of law coursework (including any required courses) at Tulane Law School, and fulfill Tulane’s pro bono, upperclass writing, and professional skills requirements.
Transfer credit is granted at the discretion of the Associate Dean of the Law School. A maximum of 29 hours of transfer credit, or advanced standing, will be granted toward the JD degree requirements. At a minimum, the grade received in a course taken at another law school must be C (or equivalent) or better in order to transfer. Transfer credit for required first-year courses taken at other schools is limited by the amount of credit granted to Tulane first-year students. For example, we grant a maximum of 4 credits for Torts, 4 credits for Legal Research & Writing, etc. Students who have not taken all of Tulane’s required courses at the previous law school will be required to take any missing courses at Tulane. Transfer students are not eligible to have graduation requirements reduced by virtue of coursework undertaken in another division of Tulane University, whether or not in pursuit of another degree. Therefore, transfer students may not enroll in joint-degree programs at Tulane.
Transfer students enroll at Tulane without a class rank. After completion of the first semester at Tulane, transfer students have a Tulane grade point average, but they are not ranked with a class until after the close of the third semester of enrollment and, of course, at graduation.
Advanced Standing for Students Who Hold Law Degrees from Law Schools Outside of the United States
If you hold a degree from a law school outside of the United States and are applying to Tulane’s JD program, you may be eligible for advanced standing by virtue of coursework you have completed at your first law school. In order to consider granting advanced standing, we must have certain information from your first law school. The required information includes descriptions of the courses you completed, how many hours each course meets, and the method of evaluation of students in each course (i.e., examination, paper, or another method of evaluation).