Transfer Students

General Information

  • Application Fee: $0; Fee waiver not necessary.
  • The Transfer Student application for Fall 2021 enrollment is available at from May 1, 2021 until the application deadline, July 1, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m.

Application Requirements

All transfer student applicants should follow the below procedures:

  • Register with Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Submit the following through or by application deadlines:

  • Completed LSAC Electronic Application Form
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from Law Faculty (no more than three [3] will be accepted). Letters of recommendation must be on file with LSAC and assigned to UCI Irvine School of Law. We will not receive your CAS Report until at least two (2) letters are on file with LSAC and assigned to UCI Law. 
  • All undergraduate transcripts, including conferral of your bachelor's degree
  • Personal Statement (750 word limit)
  • "Why UCI Law?" Statement (750 word limit)
  • Current Resume

Your current law school should submit the following directly to UCI Law (address provided below) by application deadlines:

Transfer Student Admissions Committee
UC Irvine School of Law
401 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697-8000

  • Official Law School Transcripts showing two semesters of completed coursework.
  • Letter of Good Standing. If available, please include law school class rank. 

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 has been completed before entrance;
  • A minimum of 28 and no more than 29 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 Law. 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. 

Enrolled transfer students will receive up to a maximum of 29 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. 

The UCI Law grade point average will be computed only on the work completed at UCI Law.

Transfer students must meet all graduation requirements and are eligible for UCI Law awards and honors.

Online Status Check

Applicants may check the status of their application via LSAC's Online Status Check System.

Miscellaneous Information

UCI Law's Non-Discrimination Policy

Students from law schools that are only state-approved are not eligible for admission.

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.