Thank you for your interest in transferring to the UCLA School of Law. The online application will be available May 1, 2013 through July 5, 2013.
The UCLA School of Law believes transfer students further enrich the quality of UCLA's academic program. There is ample evidence of the ways transfer students contribute to the institution in classroom interaction, in the energy devoted to clinical efforts, in student projects, and in faculty supervised research. The faculty believes that it is appropriate to make some spaces available in the second year for those individuals who have achieved academic distinction during their first year at other law schools.
Transfer applicants must have successfully completed an entire first-year curriculum at another American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school. UCLA will award a maximum of 39 credits earned at another institution. Transfer students must spend four (4) full-time semesters at UCLA School of Law upon transferring. Students from law schools that are only state-approved are not eligible for admission.
The top 10 percent of the graduating class is eligible for membership into the Order of the Coif, the national legal honorary scholastic society. Under Coif’s rules, only students who have completed at least 75 percent of their law studies in graded courses are eligible for consideration.
UCLA accepts transfer credits, but not grades. It is therefore unlikely that a transfer student can meet the 75 percent rule and qualify for Order of the Coif. Transfer students do qualify for other awards and honors.
Applicants must submit the following directly to UCLA School of Law:
- A transfer application found at: www.law.ucla.edu/admissions/transfer or www.LSAC.org.
- An essay that discusses background, goals, and reason(s) for interest in completing a legal education at UCLA School of Law. The essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages or be less than 12 pt. font.
- Current resume.
- Official transcripts of law school grades sent directly to LSAC or UCLA School of Law.
- Two letters of recommendation (no more than two) submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service or mailed directly to the Law School, are required. Evaluations through the new LSAC Evaluation Service are not required; however, we will accept one evaluation. The two letters of recommendation should be from members of the law faculty who can comment on the applicant's performance and potential.
- LSAC Law school report (including LSAT score and undergraduate transcripts) sent directly from the Law School Admission Council.
- Letter of good standing, including class rank if available, sent directly from the current law school's dean or registrar.
- David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy application if applying to that program.
- Nonrefundable application fee in the amount of $75. You may submit your application and pay the fee electronically via LSAC.
Applications for transfer admission will be available online May 1, 2013 and must be submitted on or before July 5, 2013. Applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of July 2013.
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