Transfer Students

General Information

Thank you for considering UCI Law for your legal education. All of the following information is important; you should read this in its entirety prior to beginning the application for admission.

To promote access to a legal education at UCI, there is no application fee. A fee waiver is not necessary. Due to our limited resources, we are unable to grant CAS report fee waivers.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of our receipt of your Fall 2021 Transfer application that contains your log-on credentials for the Applicant Status Online system within 72 business hours of submission (3 business days). Please check all your folders and/or tabs for this e-mail. If you did not receive it, please contact us via admissions@law.uci.edu and include your full LSAC account number (including the L).  

Dates & Deadlines

May 1, 2021

JD Transfer Application opens through the LSAC portal.

July 1, 2021

Fall 2021 JD Transfer Application is due

July 15, 2021

  • Total $750 SIR Deposit Due
  • Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) Due

TBA

UCI Law Early Interview Week Starts (Transfers will receive access to the Career Development Office shortly after receipt of the Total SIR Deposit and completing an enrollment certification – including prior to July 15.)

August 16-20, 2021

Mandatory New Student Orientation

August 23, 2021

  • First Day of Instruction
  • 4:00PM PT – Deadline to Pay Fall Tuition and Fees without Late Fees

Transfer Application Information

UCI Law Application for Admission: The transfer application is available through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website beginning on May 1.

 When submitting your application for admission, please strictly adhere to all application instructions. In addition to completing the application form itself, we require additional essays or statements. Additional instructions regarding the following statements are included with the application:

  • Personal Statement (750-word limit)
  • “Why UCI Law” Statement (750-word limit)
  • Current Resumé
  • Character and Fitness/Conduct information, if applicable
  • Optional Statements may be a Diversity Statement, LSAT Addendum, and/or GPA Addendum. (While you may write about multiple topics, the total word limit among the optional statements is 750 words.)

Please ensure the correct documents are submitted with your application; updates or revisions of documents are not accepted. Please follow formatting instructions and be sure to indicate your name, LSAC Account number, and the type of document (Personal Statement, Diversity Statement, etc.) in the header of each document.

Credential Assembly Service: All transfer applicants must register for and utilize the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The CAS will house your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and, as applicable, your LSAT score and LSAT writing.

Education: In order to apply for admission, you must:

(1)    possess your bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (The accredited institution must be listed on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.)  and

(2)    have completed (or be in the process of completing) one-year of law study at an ABA-accredited law school. In terms of your law school education, the following should be true:

  1. A minimum of 28 and no more than 29 credits have been completed;
  2. The work for which transfer credit is sought is of very high quality;
  3. The student has not been placed on probation or disqualified;
  4. Fewer than 5 years have elapsed since the student last attended law school.

Please note: students from law schools that are only state-approved are not eligible for transfer admission. Those students are eligible to apply for 1L admission without advanced standing. 

Transcripts from every college or university attended (except study abroad transcripts from foreign universities) must be submitted for inclusion in your CAS Report. Failing to include a transcript will result in your file being marked as incomplete (and may also delay delivery of a CAS report) and delay review by the Admissions Committee.

Law school transcripts may be included in the CAS Report or sent separately. Regardless of method, you remain responsible for your law school transcripts reaching UCI Law. With the continuing of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to use the CAS Report for your law school transcripts, but we will also accept electronic copies directly from the Registrar’s office to admissions@law.uci.edu. If you must send via US Post, they can be sent to:

          UCI Law Admissions Office
          Attn: Transfer/Visiting JD Admissions
          401 E. Peltason Drive
          Irvine, CA 92697

Members of the Admissions Office do not go to the office regularly due to the pandemic; therefore, any transcripts that are mailed are deemed as not received until a member of the admissions team physically processes them and includes them with your file.

Letters of Standing are a required part of the application for all transfer applicants and must come from every law school you previously attended (even if no grades were issued). This letter may be included with your CAS Report or sent separately directly from the law school you attended to UCI Law Admissions. It is your responsibility to ensure the letter of standing is received by UCI Law Admissions.

With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to utilize either the CAS Report or to have the letter e-mailed directly from the Registrar’s office to admissions@law.uci.edu. If you must send via US Post, the letter may be sent to:

          UCI Law Admissions Office
          Attn: Transfer/Visiting JD Admissions
          401 E. Peltason Drive
          Irvine, CA 92697

Members of the Admissions Office do not go to the office regularly due to the pandemic; therefore, any letter of standing that are mailed are deemed as not received until a member of the admissions team physically processes them and includes them with your file.

Standardized Tests:

UCI Law requires a standardized test as a part of the JD transfer application. Applicants must have been admitted to their current JD program with either the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The standardized test included must be the same as the one utilized when you applied to your current JD program. UCI Law utilizes the term LSAT to refer to both the traditional LSAT and the LSAT-flex.

LSAT results are sent directly to the Law School from LSAC as part of your CAS report. Applicants may submit their GRE result(s) directly to UCI from ETS.  If you submit your GRE scores for consideration and have taken the GRE more than once in the last five years then you must submit all valid GRE results. UCI Law uses the graduate school's GRE school code which is 4859. Please see the application form for additional directions.

For applicants who were admitted to their current JD program with the GRE, please be mindful that you must submit all GRE scores for the five (5) years prior to your admission to your current JD program. Applicants must not use the ScoreSelect option offered by ETS. Failure to submit all GRE scores and/or use of ScoreSelect may result in a withdrawal of an admission offer. Applicants who utilized the GRE must still utilize the LSAC CAS report for transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation: UCI Law requires a minimum of two (2) but no more than three (3) letters of recommendation. Two (2) letters must be from faculty at your current law school.

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 assigned to UCI Law and on file with LSAC.

The optional third (3rd) letter of recommendation may come from either academic or professional sources. We do not suggest solely personal references.

Transfer of Credit Policy

 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.

Scholarships

More information about scholarships, financial aid, and paying for law school is available on the Student Financial Services page.

JD Admission Decisions

Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are marked as Complete. All transfer applications received by July 1 and later marked as Complete will receive a decision by the end of July.

The Career Development Office will only begin to work with transfer students after they have been granted admission, paid their total SIR Deposit of $750.00, and certified both that they have withdrawn from all other schools and are not participating – and will not participate – in any other schools on-campus interview program in order to participate in UCI Law’s Early Interview Week (UCI Law’s OCI equivalent). False certifications will be considered a violation of the honor code.

 

 Page updated 4/29/21