Transfer/visiting student application procedures
We take pride in being a transfer-friendly law school.
Completion of one full year of study at an ABA-accredited law school.
- Only first-year law course work (30 credits maximum) is accepted for the purpose of granting advanced standing. A grade of C or better is required for transfer of credit to be granted. Credit is not granted for courses taken on a pass/fail basis. Grades for courses taken at other law schools will not be included in the computation of the law school grade point average.
- Students academically ineligible to continue at the law school last attended may not transfer to Seattle U Law.
- Transfer applicants who have applied to Seattle U Law within the past two years should contact the Admission Office to determine what application materials have been kept on file; these may not need to be resubmitted.
Transfer applications are accepted beginning each January, after the completion of one law school semester.
Applicants must submit the following:
- A 2 to 3 page personal statement describing your achievements, insights about your law school experience thus far, and reasons you desire to transfer to Seattle U Law.
- A current resume.
- An official law school transcript that covers the entire period of attendance at the law school where you were previously enrolled.
- A letter from the dean of your current law school certifying that you are in good standing and eligible to return to study. This must cover the entire period of attendance and based on no less than completion of the first year.
- A class rank covering the entire period of attendance and based on no less than completion of the first year.
- A copy of the front page of the LSAC CAS (Credential Assembly Service) Report on file at your current institution, sent directly by your Registrar. If your institution will not provide this, you will need to ensure your subscription with the LSAC CAS service is current so we can order a complete report.
- A completed application form (PDF) downloaded from our website and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the regular JD application available through LSAC.
- One letter of recommendation. Please include a letter from a law professor or law school administrator familiar with your work.
Criteria for admission
- Whether the candidate met initial admission criteria
- Law school performance
- Reason for transfer
Most successful mid-year transfer applicants rank in the top third of their first year law school class.
To assist prospective transfer students with their planning, we can make a conditional decision as early as January of candidates’ first year of law study if they provide the requested information above and official law school transcripts showing graded work at least through the first term.