Transfer and Visiting Students
Transfer Student Admission
The University of Georgia School of Law admits a few select transfer students each year. Students interested in completing their studies at the School of Law are encouraged to apply. Transfer students are welcomed to Georgia Law by our students and faculty and have opportunities to join student organizations, journals, advocacy teams, clinics, and social activities.
A student who has completed the first year of full-time studies in a Juris Doctor degree program at a law school which has been approved by the American Bar Association may be considered for transfer admission. Transfer applications from law schools awarded provisional ABA accreditation will not be considered. Transfer applicants are admitted in the Fall semester of the second year of law school only. No transfer applicants are admitted for the Summer or Spring terms. No transfer students are eligible for any joint degree program at the University of Georgia.
In making transfer decisions, the Admissions Committee relies heavily upon three criteria: (1) the applicant's academic record at all schools attended, including law schools and the applicant's Law School Admission Test score(s), (2) the reasons for seeking transfer to the University of Georgia School of Law and (3) the number of places available in the class.
Credit for first-year courses completed by an admitted transfer student at his/her home school will be awarded in the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs upon evaluation of the transfer student's grades and courses. This evaluation will take place before the transfer student’s enrollment at Georgia Law. Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses taken pass/fail or on any other ungraded basis or for any course completed with a grade lower than a C or its equivalent. Georgia Law will normally accept approximately 30 hours of credit from another law school.
The School of Law may require transfer students to take particular courses at Georgia Law in order to meet graduation requirements even if the student has had a similar course at another law school. Students will receive credit for courses completed at another law school as determined by Georgia Law, but a transfer student’s grades will not be used in calculating the student’s Georgia Law GPA. Transfer students will not have class ranks until the end of the second year of law school.
Georgia Law has three academic journals: GA Law Review, GA Journal of Int’l & Comparative Law, and Journal of Intellectual Property Law. All transfer students are eligible to participate in the write-on competition for journal membership. Interested students should contact Gracie Waldrup in the Student Publications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 542-7286 by May 1st. Student publications require a two year commitment, therefore, this will be the only opportunity to apply for membership.
Students wishing to be a part of the Trial Advocacy Team can email Kellie Casey for information on tryouts. Moot court tryouts begin at the end of August and mock trial tryouts begin in September. An information meeting will take place the first week classes are in session.
Admission Procedure Outline
1. Law School Application. All applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.org. An applicant seeking admission for fall semester must submit an application for admission by June 15, 2015. All materials necessary to complete the admission file must be received by July 1, 2015. All files completed after that date may be considered by the Admissions Committee at its discretion. An application fee of $50 must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org.
2. Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript showing all law school courses attempted, including final first-year grades, is required in order to be considered for admission.
3. Letter of Good Standing. A letter of good standing must be received from the dean of the law school from which transfer is desired. The letter must indicate whether the applicant is in good standing and is eligible for continued enrollment. When possible, it should include the applicant's class standing upon completion of first-year studies. The letter must be sent after the conclusion of the academic term immediately preceding desired enrollment.
4. Reason(s) for Seeking Transfer. A brief statement (less than 500 words) explaining the reason(s) for seeking transfer to the University of Georgia School of Law.
5. LSAC Law School Report. All applicants for transfer admission must have a current LSAC Law School Report sent to the School of Law by the Law School Admissions Council. The report must include all courses taken prior to law school enrollment. This requirement may necessitate having the degree-granting institution send a final undergraduate transcript to CAS. Law School Reports previously received by the School of Law will not satisfy this requirement. The final undergraduate transcript must indicate that the applicant's undergraduate degree has been awarded.
6. Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation written in support of your transfer application are required. Letters used in a previous application to law school will not be accepted. At least one of the letters should be from a law professor. Letters should be sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.
Visiting Student Admission
A student who has completed the first year of full-time studies in a Juris Doctor degree program at a law school which is approved by the American Bar Association may be considered for admission as a visiting student. A student may visit for a maximum of one academic year after either the first or second year of law school.
Admission Procedure Outline
1. Law School Application. All applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.org. An applicant seeking to visit beginning spring 2015 semester must submit an application by November 1, 2014 and the file must be complete by November 15, 2014. An applicant seeking to visit for the 2015 summer term must submit an application by May 1, 2015 and the file must be complete prior to May 15, 2015. An applicant seeking to visit beginning fall 2015 semester must submit an application for admission by June 15, 2015 and the file must be complete prior to July 1, 2015. Application files completed after those dates may be considered by the Admissions Committee at its discretion. An application fee of $50 must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org.
2. Reason for Visiting. Each applicant must provide a statement giving the reason for being a visiting student. The statement should accompany the application form.
3. Dean's Approval. A letter granting approval for the visit from the dean of the applicant's law school is required. The approval letter must also disclose whether the applicant is in good standing.
4. Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript of all work attempted is required.