Admission is offered to qualified candidates for transfer from other ABA-approved* law schools. Candidates must have completed one academic year—between 28 and 32 credits if seeking full-time admission or between 20 and 24 credits if seeking part-time admission—and be in good academic standing to be considered for admission. A maximum of 43 semester hours of advanced standing credit will be awarded for course work completed at an ABA-approved law school, as determined by the Office of Academic Affairs following an offer of admission. Advanced standing will not be assigned for work completed with a grade below “C” or its equivalent, or for work completed in pre-admission programs, or for work not completed at an ABA-approved law school.
Transfer J.D. Application Priority Deadlines and Decision Timelines:
Applications received after the priority consideration dates will be considered on a space-available basis. The Admissions Committee will begin its review after all required documents are received. Decisions are typically made within one week of receipt of all required items.
Because we require an official transcript from your law school that includes all courses and grades through the first year, you must carefully consider the entry semester of your application. For instance, if spring semester grades are needed to complete one year of law study and an official transcript that includes spring grades is generally not available by mid-May, an application for summer is not reasonable as it cannot be completed in time for summer admission consideration; an application for fall would be.
Transfer J.D. Application Requirements:
All candidates for J.D. admission must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent. The following is required to complete a J.D. application for transfer admission:
If offered admission, a deposit of $500 is required to confirm your commitment to enroll at New York Law School. The date by which a deposit is due is indicated in the letter of admission. The deposit is nonrefundable.
* Office of the Consultant on Legal
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
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