Visit Another Law School
A student enrolled in the School of Law may apply to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to attend another law school and to transfer credit earned at that school toward a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. The student must have approval to transfer the credit before attending the other school. Approval of the request is entirely at the Assistant Dean’s discretion. The Assistant Dean will consider the request only (1) if the student seeks to transfer credit from a school that is a member of the American Association of Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association; (2) if the student shows good cause for requesting the transfer of credit; and (3) if the Assistant Dean approves the courses for which the student seeks to receive transfer credit. The student must earn a grade of at least C for a course to be transferred; the course may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The symbol CR is recorded for all transferred work. The amount of credit transferred may not exceed the maximum amount of credit that an upper-level law student may earn during one year’s study.
If you are requesting permission to attend another school as a visiting student, please fill out a “Transfer Credit Application” available in the Student Affairs Office or online here.
If you are a third-year student, you must first petition the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for a waiver to the rule that the last two semesters must be spent in residence, as stated in the Law School Catalog. A waiver may be granted if you have extenuating circumstances. Following approval, you will need to fill out the “Transfer Credit Application” and a form outlining your understanding of further requirements and restrictions.
Transfer Credit Earned Toward Degree
- No more than 16 hours of credit may be obtained at another school per semester.
Summer Students: You are allowed a maximum of two courses per summer term (usually 4–6 weeks). This maximum includes the hours you plan to take at The University of Texas School of Law and another law school. (You will not be given credit for hours taken over the maximum total allowed.) Some summer programs do not offer courses on a term basis. If you have questions on the maximum number of hours that can be taken, please see the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
- Permission must be obtained if coursework at another school will constitute part of the last two semesters in law school before the J.D. is conferred. The Law School Catalog requires that the last two semesters be spent in residence. Only for very extenuating circumstances will a waiver of this rule be granted. Address the petition to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
- Courses cannot be repeated for credit.
- Credit will be allowed only for courses with a grade of C or better. The standards of the law school attended will be accepted in judging what is C or better. Courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
- Your grade average at The University of Texas School of Law will not be affected by grades from another school. Only credit, not grades, will be transferred.
- Catalogs for other schools may be obtained in the library. It may be necessary for you to write for summer school catalogs.
- Financial aid is often difficult to obtain for University of Texas School of Law students attending other schools. Check with the financial aid office of the other school for transient student financial aid information.
- Try to take courses that match courses here. There is no difficulty in transferring credit for courses such as Oil and Gas, Payment Systems, Administrative Law, Evidence, Jurisprudence, Secured Credit, etc. Procedure courses are difficult to evaluate. Also, courses that combine courses here, such as a course in Constitutional and Administrative Law, would preclude taking either of these as a separate course here. Some of our courses cover other subjects; an example is Wills and Estates, which covers material usually included in Future Interests.
- Academic credit will not be given for journal work or moot court and mock trial competitions.
- Use requirements for courses here to guide your choice of courses in another school.
- The maximum number of hours that may be transferred to The University of Texas School of Law is 32.
- An Application for Readmission must be submitted before you return to UT if you did not attend UT for a semester of the preceding long term. Deadlines for Readmission are August 1 – Fall, December 1 – Spring, and May 1 – Summer.
- It is your responsibility to see that official transcripts are sent by the school you visit to the Student Affairs Office:
Student Affairs Office
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705