Transfer and Visiting Students

Transfer Students

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 New York Law School’s Office of Academic Planning and Career Development following an offer of admission.  Advanced standing will not be assigned in the following situations: 1.) for work completed with a grade below “C” or its equivalent; 2.) for work completed in pre-admission programs; or 3.) for work not completed at an ABA-approved law school.

Transfer Application Deadline

The priority consideration deadline is July 15. Applications received after the priority consideration date 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 two-three weeks 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 the summer semester is not reasonable as it cannot be completed in time for summer admission consideration; an application for fall, on the other hand, would be considered reasonable.

Transfer 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:

  • A completed J.D. application submitted through the LSAC Electronic Application Service (  New York Law School does not charge an application fee.
  • Current registration for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS), including a recent LSAT score, to be released to NYLS upon submission of your application for admission.
  • At least one, but not more than three, letters of recommendation in support of your transfer application.  Letters written for first-year admission are not in support of a transfer application and may not be used.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of good standing from the Dean’s Office of your law school.
  • An official, current law school transcript showing all courses and grades for a minimum of one complete year sent directly to the New York Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the registrar of your law school.

Tuition Deposit

If offered admission, a tuition deposit of $800 is required to confirm your commitment to enroll at New York Law School.  The date by which the deposit is due will be indicated in your letter of admission.  This deposit is nonrefundable.

Visiting Students

A student currently enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school may apply to attend New York Law School as a visiting student.

Visiting Student Application Deadline:

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: May 15

Application Requirements:

  • Completed visiting student application. Download the application.
  • Letter sent directly from candidate’s current law school indicating that the candidate is a student enrolled in good standing with permission to visit New York Law School.  The letter should indicate any conditions on courses or enrollment.