For Fall 2013 enrollment, the Transfer Student application will be available at LSAC.org after May 1, 2013. Application deadline is July 1, 2013.
There is no fee to apply.
General Application Instructions
As part of the online application process at LSAC.org, applicants must:
- Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) of the LSAC. The LSAC CAS collects and validates all data, letters of recommendation, and transcripts on behalf of the applicant as a service to member law schools. Applicants who are or were directly enrolled at a foreign institution and have earned more than a year's worth of undergraduate credit or who received their undergraduate degrees from an institution outside of the U.S., its territories, or Canada, must also register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service.
- Upload a résumé; a personal statement; and an explanation of why you are applying to the University of California, Irvine School of Law as components of your LSAC application. Please submit your essays in Microsoft Word, document formatted to 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with 12-point font and one-inch margins. Please also double-space each line. Most importantly, please include your name and LSAC number in the top header of each page.
- Abide by the 500-word limit for each statement. The Admissions Committee will not read beyond the stated limits.
- Submit letters of recommendation from two (2) law professors directly to LSAC. Please be certain to designate the UC Irvine School of Law as a recipient of these letters. We will accept a maximum of four (4) letters for this cycle through LSAC.
- Request a letter of good standing, including law school class rank if available, from the Registrar or appropriate official of the applicant's current law school. This letter should be sent directly to:
Transfer Student Admissions Committee
UC Irvine School of Law
401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-8000
- Request that a copy of their official transcript from their current law school be sent directly to the UC Irvine School of Law at the address listed above.
- Request that a copy of their final official undergraduate transcript noting the date and awarding of a Bachelor's Degree be sent directly to the UC Irvine School of Law at the address listed above.
- Provide an electronic signature at the end of their LSAC application form to certify the information provided.
Eligibility/Transfer of Credit Policy
A law student who has completed one year at another law school may apply for transfer status to enter UC Irvine School of Law’s second-year class if:
- Before legal study, a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent was awarded by an approved college or university;
- The first-year curriculum has been completed in a full-time program at a law school that is fully approved by the American Bar Association;
- A minimum of one year of full-time first-year law classes have been completed before entrance;
- No less than 28 and no more than 33 credits have been completed;
- The work for which transfer credit is sought is of very high quality;
- The student has not been placed on probation or disqualified;
- Fewer than 5 years have elapsed since the student last attended law school.
Transfer students admitted to UC Irvine School of Law will not need to repeat any required first-year course completed at their prior law school that is essentially equivalent to a course at UCI. Transfer students must complete all UCI Law first-year course requirements that they have not completed at their prior law school (and for which they did not take an equivalent course) within their first year as a transfer student.
Students from law schools that are only state-approved are not eligible for admission.
The UCI Law grade point average will be computed only on the work completed at UCI. Transfer students must meet all graduation requirements and are eligible for UCI awards and honors.
Enrolled Transfer students will receive up to 32 transfer credits towards the UC Irvine School of Law J.D. degree for coursework completed the first year. The specific number of transfer credits, whether the UC Irvine School of Law requirements have been fulfilled, and UC Irvine School of Law course equivalencies will be determined by the Assistant Dean of Student Services. You may be asked by the Assistant Dean of Student Services to submit course descriptions and syllabi of coursework to confirm course content.
Admitted transfer students must firmly commit to enroll in writing, withdraw from all other schools, and certify that they are not participating – and will not participate – in any other school’s on-campus interview program in order to participate in UC Irvine School of Law’s OCI. False certifications will be considered a violation of the Honor Code.
For more information, please consult the FAQ page, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.