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Transfer and Visiting Applicants

Students who have completed one year of study and are in good academic standing at other law schools may apply to transfer to UDC Law for the fall or spring term. UDC Law may accept up to 45 credits to be transferred.

Current law students in good academic standing at other ABA-accredited institutions may be admitted to UDC Law as visiting students to complete courses that will transfer back to their degree-granting institutions.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester – June 30
Spring Semester – November 30
(Visiting Applicants Only) Summer Semester – April 30

Admission Requirements

  • LAW SCHOOL REPORT FROM LSAC – The LSAC school code for UDC Law is 5245.
  • APPLICATION – Applicants must complete the UDC Law “Transfer and Visiting” specific application found on LSAC.org.
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT – Two to three pages double spaced. Tell your story focusing on your initial interest in practicing the law and your interest in transferring to or visiting UDC Law.
    • INJUSTICE ESSAY (Transfer Applicants Only) – One to two pages double spaced. In your own words, describe some significant form of injustice to which you were personally subjected or that you directly witnessed. Explain how you responded to this injustice at the time, and now upon reflection, is there anything that you would have done differently?
    • RESUME
    • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Transfer Applicants Only) – Transfer applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a current law school faculty reviewing the applicants performance in the classroom.
    • STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC STANDING – Applicants must submit a letter of academic standing from the appropriate law school official.
      • Visiting Applicants: The letter of academic standing must include (1) approval from your institution to complete courses at UDC Law, (2) verify the academic term for which you are approved, and (3) which courses offered at UDC Law will be approved by your institution to meet degree requirements.
    • CHARACTER AND FITNESS – Applicants should be aware that a license to practice law requires admission to the bar. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
    • OPTIONAL ADDENDUM – Applicants that would like to answer any questions the admission committee may have about their application should add an addendum. This includes brief informative explanations regarding poor grades or gaps in education, LSAT scores, and character and fitness concerns.
    • APPLICATION FEE – The application fee is $40.00. This fee is non-refundable and not applied toward tuition and fees upon matriculation.

Transferring Credits Earned Prior to Admission

Our transfer of credit policy may be found in Section 3.10 of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Student Handbook, Volume I. The sections relevant to transfer applicants provide as follows:

3.10 Transfer of Credits

Students who transfer from another law school to UDC-DCSL must submit, during or before their acceptance of admission, official transcripts to the Office of Admission. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will analyze the transcripts and decide which credits to accept. The Office of Admission will notify students in writing of the transferable credits.

Transferred credits are treated the same as a “Pass.” They count toward the student’s credit requirements, but the grade is not included in the calculation of the student’s UDC-DCSL cumulative grade-point average (CGPA).

A transfer student is subject to the same graduation, honors, and residency requirements as any other matriculated UDC-DCSL student. A transfer student must successfully complete at least 45 credits at UDC-DCSL.

3.10.1 Transfer of Credits from ABA accredited Law Schools

A maximum of forty-five (45) credits earned prior to admission may be applied toward the satisfaction of the UDC-DCSL’s graduation requirements, subject to the Associate Dean’s approval and the following conditions:

a) The student must be in good standing at the school;

b) The student must have achieved a grade of “C” of better in the course; and

c) If UDC-DCSL offers the course, the number of credits transferred will be equal either to the credits earned in the course at the other school or at UDC-DCSL, whichever is lower.

3.10.2 Transfer of Credits from non-ABA accredited Law Schools

A maximum of thirty (30) credits earned prior to admission may be applied toward the satisfaction of the UDC-DCSL’s graduation requirements, subject to the Associate Dean’s approval and the following conditions:

a) The school from which a student transfers is a non-ABA approved law school but has been granted the power to confer the J.D. degree by the appropriate governmental authority or its graduates are permitted to sit for the bar examination in that jurisdiction and the contents of the course meet UDC-DCSL requirements;

b) The student must be in good standing at the school;

c) The student must have achieved a grade of “C” of better in the course; and

d) If UDC-DCSL offers the course, the number of credits transferred will be equal either to the credits earned in the course at the other school or at UDC-DCSL, whichever is lower.

 

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