JD Transfer Applicant
Students in good standing at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, may apply for admission to ASU Law with advanced standing after completing at least one year of a full-time JD program or its equivalent. In order to transfer, students must have completed not less than one year and not more than three semesters of law school. Generally, only first-year coursework is eligible for transfer credit. A maximum of 29 transfer credits can be counted toward the 88 credits necessary for graduation. Transfer credit will not be granted for courses with less than a "C" grade for work completed at an accredited law school. ASU Law may also 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 Law.
As is with many other law schools, ASU Law’s policy dictates that students who transfer into the college are not eligible to be ranked and are not eligible for the Order of the Coif. However, students who transfer and earn at least 40 graded credits at ASU Law are eligible to earn academic honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) based on their final cumulative grade point average at ASU Law. Students who transfer are also eligible to participate on ASU Law's Law Review, journals, and moot court teams. Students may also be eligible for externships and study abroad opportunities.
Please note: All students who enroll at the ASU College of Law must provide an official transcript (paper or electronic) from their undergraduate or previous law institution(s) verifying all academic credits undertaken and degree(s) conferred.
- For students entering the Law School in the Fall semester, transcripts must be received by October 15.
- For students entering the Law School in the Spring semester, transcripts must be received by February 15.
Any student who fails to submit his or her official transcript(s) by the deadlines specified above may be subject to administrative withdrawal from the Law School.
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Application dates and deadlines
Fall: July 31
Spring: December 30
Applicants who require a visa must complete all paperwork by June 1.
Completed applications for transfer admission must be received by the Admissions Office by the deadlines listed above and must include the following items.
- The application fee is waived
- Complete Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application, in addition to the following documents:
- A statement (in place of personal statement) explaining the reason(s) for your request to transfer to ASU Law (limit one double-spaced page)
- Resume not to exceed three typed pages
- Explanations to affirmative answers to any Character Fitness questions
- Complete Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report. Please check your LSAC account to ensure that your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report is complete and available to us.
- Complete Transfer Application – Law School Information Form by current law school Registrar (A home law school transcript, or an individual grade report that includes final spring term grades, sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT send your law school transcript to the LSAC. We will accept a student copy of your current term grades to expedite the review process, but a final official transcript must follow if you are admitted. If the school does not rank students, an official letter stating that the school does not rank must be submitted).
- Letters of recommendation (optional - up to 2 accepted). Please have your recommender(s) send letter(s) to LSAC.