Transfer students enrich the quality and diversity of the academic program at Texas Law, and we encourage them to apply. Each year the law school welcomes into our community a number of students who transfer to Texas after completing their first year of law school elsewhere. Texas Law evaluates transfer applications primarily based upon the students’ performance during their first year, but also considers factors such as LSAT, undergraduate record, and an essay explaining the reasons for transfer. Applicants who are either in a full-time or part-time J.D. program must complete (or be in the process of completing) their entire first-year curriculum to be eligible to apply for transfer.
Typically, transfer students apply during late spring based upon a full year’s performance at another law school. Transfer students then complete their last two years at Texas Law and graduate with a Texas Law degree.
Initially, we will consider applicants for conditional admission based upon first-semester performance. Transfer students who exhibit superior academic performance during their first semester may be offered conditional admission pending receipt of a final transcript complete with first-year grades. A firm offer of admission will be conditioned upon maintenance of strong academic performance in the second semester. All remaining transfer applicants will be evaluated on their first-year performance in its entirety.
A completed electronic application, together with the nonrefundable application fee of $70, must be submitted through your LSAC.org account by the following deadlines: June 18 (fall transfer) and November 15 (spring transfer). A completed paper application, together with the nonrefundable application fee of $70, must be submitted to the Admissions Office by May 1 (summer transfer).
The law school makes every effort to extend to transfer students all the opportunities that are available to students who begin their law studies here. Transfer students receive a special student orientation session and are included in our Society Program. Transfer students may participate in On-Campus Interviews (OCI) for summer clerkships or postgraduate positions. Moot court, a law journal write-on competition exclusively for transfers, and judicial clerkship opportunities are also available. Some of these activities begin during the summer, so we encourage students to apply as early as possible to maximize access. We admit transfer students on a rolling basis once applications are complete.
Transfer Admission Process
To be eligible for transfer, an applicant must:
- have achieved an undergraduate academic record and Law School Admission Test scores that generally meet the standard currently applicable for admission to the law school as a first-year student;
- have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.2 as calculated by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC);
- be in good standing at current law school;
- have completed the first-year curriculum at an ABA-accredited and Association of American Law Schools (AALS) member school; and
- have compiled a superior academic record at current law school.
Transfer applicants must apply prior to beginning their second year of law school, and may transfer no more than 32 semester hours (48 quarter hours).
A transfer student receives university credit on the following terms:
- total number of credit hours transferred may not exceed the number of credit hours earned during the first year by Texas Law students;
- transfer credit is not given for any course in which the student earned a grade of less than C, or its equivalent as determined by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; and
- a CR grade is recorded for all transferred work.