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Apply as a Transfer Student

A student in good standing at another ABA-accredited school may apply to complete the final two years of legal education at Penn State. To earn a J.D. from Penn State, a transfer student must attend Penn State Law for at least four of the six semesters for which residence credit is claimed and earn at least 56 credits from Penn State Law. Total credits to earn the J.D. from Penn State Law is 88.

As part of the transfer admission process, the Penn State Law admissions team will evaluate transferable credits. A minimum grade of C is required for all credits approved for transfer to Penn State Law. Any credits earned at another law school are recorded on the student academic transcript by reference only, and no attempt is made to convert grades to Penn State Law equivalents. Penn State Law required courses typically must be completed at Penn State.

How to Apply

Penn State Law’s transfer application will remain open until July 15, 2014. Applicants may apply online. Transfer applicants must also submit:

  • A copy of the applicant's current law school transcript with first semester grades (a copy is acceptable but an official transcript must be furnished within 30 days of admission to Penn State Law)
  • A printout of the applicant's spring semester course schedule if it is not included on the transcript
  • A letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member the applicant had as an instructor for at least one class;
  • A J.D. CAS report (compiled by LSAC)
  • A letter of good standing from the applicant's current law school, and
  • A copy of a final transcript from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting school. (This is due prior to matriculation at Penn State Law.) 

In certain instances, the admissions team may extend a contingent offer of admission based on the applicant's CAS report and first semester grades. Contingent offers of admission are subject to Penn State’s receipt of a letter of good standing from the applicant's current law school, an official transcript and continued strong academic performance. The letter of good standing and official transcript should be sent after all first year grades are recorded.

Decisions regarding transfer status are made on a rolling basis, and it is to each applicant’s advantage to submit a transfer application as early as possible to take advantage of programs like the law review/journals Writing Competitions; Moot Court competition, and Fall Recruitment program. Transfer applicants and accepted transfer students are eligible to participate in the student edited scholarly journals and Penn State Law Review Writing Competition for membership. Scholarly journal writing competition polices can be found here. Additionally, students offered transfer admission to Penn State Law prior to July 15, 2014, are eligible to participate in Fall Recruitment.

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