Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the first semester of law school may apply to transfer to LMU Law. The law school from which you wish to transfer must be accredited by either the American Bar Association or a state-approved organization (possible in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, and Tennessee).
How to Apply for Transfer Admission
To be considered for admission and scholarship, transfer applicants must submit the following eleven (11) items:
- An application for transfer admission (available through the LSAC's website);
- A personal statement;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- A Credential Assembly Service (CAS)/Law School Report from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC);
- At least one LSAT Writing Exercise;
- Official transcripts from every educational institution attended, at least one of which must indicate a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school recognized by the United States Department of Education;
- An official transcript from the law school from which you are seeking to transfer*;
- A statement of good standing from an administrator at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit;
- A statement of why a transfer is requested;
- A specific list of courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit with the number of credit hours for each course; and
- A syllabus for each course in which the student seeks to obtain credit. (At discretion of the associate dean for academic affairs and/or the Academic Standards Committee, an official course description for a course may satisfy this requirement if a particular syllabus is unavailable.)
* An unofficial transcript law school transcript can be submitted for evaluative purposes until an official transcript is received and processed by the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service.
Transfer applicants should attach the requested items to their applications. In the event a document or set of documents cannot be attached, then the document(s) can be sent to [email protected].
Remember, you must assign each letter of recommendation to the law school from your LSAC account. They will not be sent automatically.
Evaluation of Transfer Applications
Applications for transfer credit will be reviewed by:
- The Admissions Committee and Dean. All applications for admission will be governed by the policies listed in the Admission Policies & Procedures Manual.
- The Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee will, in its sole discretion, determine whether transfer
credit is appropriate for each credit sought on an individual basis. In exercising
its discretion, the Academic Standards Committee will review:
- The type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit
- The similarity between the type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit with comparable classes at LMU Law;
- Whether the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit are classes traditionally taken at a law school accredited by the ABA;
- The grades, including course grades awarded on a pass/fail basis, received by the student in the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks transfer credit.
Unless a waiver has been obtained from the Dean pursuant to §XVI. of the Student Handbook, a student from an ABA-approved law may not transfer more than forty-five (45) credit hours. A student from a non-ABA, but state-approved law school may not transfer more than thirty (30) credit hours. A student who has transferred from another law school must satisfy all other degree requirements at the School of Law, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better.
Under no circumstances will the Academic Standards Committee extend credit for any class in which the student earned a grade less than “C.” Credit may be extended for courses in which a student was awarded a "P" or other similar indicia for a "pass/fail" graded course.
Requests for waiver of any School of Law rule, regulation, or policy shall be submitted in writing to the Dean who shall forward requests to the faculty committee having jurisdiction over the matter. The Dean may also forward a recommendation to the faculty. If none of the standing faculty committees has jurisdiction over the issue(s) raised, then the Dean, in her/his discretion, may grant or deny the waiver. The student will be notified of the decision in writing. Under no circumstances may the Dean grant a waiver to the maximum credit hour allotment contained within § XII.A. of the Student Handbook.
For additional information, please contact the Office at Admissions by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 865.545.5303.