Admission as a Transfer Student

Transfer students enrich the quality and diversity of the academic program at Texas Law, and we encourage them to apply. Each year the Law School welcomes into our community a number of students who transfer to Texas after completing their first year of law school elsewhere. Texas Law evaluates transfer applications primarily upon the student’s performance in their first year at a full-time law program, but also considers factors such as LSAT, undergraduate record, and an essay explaining the reasons for transfer.

Typically, transfer students apply during late spring or early summer based upon a full year’s performance at another law school. We will consider all applicants for conditional admission based upon first-semester performance. Transfer students who exhibit superior academic performance during their first semester may be offered admission pending receipt of a final transcript complete with first-year grades. A firm offer of admission will be conditioned upon maintenance of strong academic performance in the second semester. All remaining transfer applicants will be evaluated on their first-year performance in its entirety.

The completed application, together with the nonrefundable application fee of $70, must be submitted electronically through the LSAC website by the following deadlines: August 1 (fall transfer) and November 15 (spring transfer).

Transfer Admission Process

To be eligible for transfer, an applicant must:

  1. have attained undergraduate performance and Law School Admission Test scores that generally meet the standard currently applicable for admission to the Law School as a first-year student;
  2. have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.20 as calculated by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC);
  3. be in good standing at current law school;
  4. have completed the first-year (full-time) curriculum at an ABA-accredited and Association of American Law Schools (AALS) member school; and
  5. have compiled a superior academic record at current law school.

Transfer Credit

Transfer applicants must apply prior to beginning their second year of law school, and transfer no more than 32 semester hours (48 quarter hours).

A transfer student receives University credit on the following terms:

  1. total number of credit hours transferred may not exceed the number of credit hours earned during the first year by University law students;
  2. transfer credit is not given for any course in which the student earned a grade of less than C, or its equivalent, as determined by the dean; and
  3. a CR grade is recorded for all transferred work.

Application form and instructions are available online at http://www.lsac.org.