LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Option

UCI Law LL.M. students can apply to the J.D. Program as transfer students without taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and thus, earn a J.D. degree in two additional years. The applicant’s grades and the relative difficulty of coursework pursued in the LL.M. Program at UCI will be weighed heavily. The admissions process is extremely selective (more selective than the LL.M. Program), and students with very high grades will be the most competitive. Letters of reference from UCI Law faculty will also carry significant weight.

If accepted into the J.D. Program, an applicant may transfer the credits from law classes taken toward completion of the LL.M. degree, with the exception of Law 300 and Law 301. The student must then complete the first year curriculum in his or her second year at UCI. In the third year, enough advanced courses must be completed in order to satisfy the J.D. graduation requirement. Students transferring from the LL.M. to the J.D. will be awarded the J.D. degree upon completion of the J.D. requirements and will not be awarded an LL.M. degree.

Only graduates and students currently enrolled in UCI Law's LL.M. program may apply in this manner. Those who have already been awarded an LL.M. elsewhere may apply as traditional J.D. applicants to the three-year program. This will require the submission of a valid LSAT score.