Law students in good academic standing who have completed at least one full semester of study leading to a J.D. degree in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) may apply for admission to Syracuse as a transfer student. After transferring, students must earn at least 58 of the credits required for the J.D. degree at Syracuse University College of Law. A maximum of 29 credits will be transferred in to Syracuse Law.
Transfer applicants must apply for admission in the same manner as first-year applicants. In addition, transfer applicants must submit the following information:
- Written certification from the dean of the applicant's law school stating that she or he is in good academic standing and is unconditionally eligible to return;
- An original CAS report from the Law School Admission Council (We will also accept a file copy sent directly from the Office of the Registrar at the applicant's law school.)
- At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant's law school; and
- A current official transcript of coursework completed at the applicant's law school.
- Review of transfer applications is ongoing throughout the summer and we will accept applications through early August. Students may begin to apply as soon as a final fall semester transcript is available.
- Transfer applications are considered as soon as all required materials have been received by the Admissions Office.
- Transfer applications will not be reviewed until all first-semester grades have been received in official form. If admitted based on first semester grades, admission will be "conditional" and applicants will be required to submit a final transcript with spring grades showing continued good standing prior to enrollment.
Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students
Admitted transfer students will automatically be considered by our Admissions and Scholarship Committee for available merit scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition for the 2L and 3L year. Merit awards will be based primarily on applicant's first year law school GPA, LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, and letter of recommendation from a law professor. Please contact the Office of Admissions with specific questions about merit scholarship awards or other forms of financial aid for incoming transfer students.
Entering Transfer Student Checklist
Opportunities available to transfer students can include:
Transfer of Credit Policy - Policy for granting credits from another ABA-accredited law school (Transfer)
- Access to Career Service's on-line job postings
- Participation in the On-Campus Interview Program through the Office of Career Services
- The opportunity to compete in the Syracuse Law Review & Journal of International Law & Commerce write-on competitions
- Pursuing a joint degree
- Earning a certificate by participating in a College of Law Center or Institute
- Participating in a clinic or externship
- Joining a Syracuse University College of Law student organization
- Law in London summer program
To graduate from the Syracuse University College of Law, a student is required to have 87 credits. A transfer student must earn a minimum of 58 credits at Syracuse University College of Law in order to fulfill the 87 credit hour requirement. Additionally, these 58 credits must be fully graded if a student wants to be eligible for honors upon receipt of the J.D. diploma.
The credits earned from the transferring school will be recorded on a pass basis if the grades received are equivalent to a "C" or higher. Transfer students may receive credit for the following first-year required courses if the grades received are "C" or higher and the course content is materially the same:
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law I
- Criminal Law
- Legal Communications & Research I & II
- First Year Experiential Elective Course
Additional upper division requirements include:
- Administrative Law or Statutory/Legislative Course
- Constitutional Law II
- Legal Communications & Research III
- Professional Responsibility
- Writing Requirement
- Six credits of experiential learning (applies to any student who will be an incoming 2L transfer beginning in Fall 2017)
Questions on these policies can be addressed to the Office of Admissions at 315/ 443-1962, or the Office of Student Life at 315/ 443-1146.
Students from other ABA or AALS approved law schools may be permitted to complete their third year as a visiting student at Syracuse University College of Law.
Application requirements for visiting student applicants:
- Current admission application form indicating "Visitor" status.
- Official law school transcript showing all first and second year grades.
- CAS report (a file copy of the top page sent by current law school's Registrar's Office is acceptable).
- Letter from the dean of the applicant’s current law school verifying that the student is in good academic standing and that the law school will award the J.D. degree after the student completes all requirements. This letter must also state that the school approves of the student’s curriculum choice at Syracuse, list any special course requirements that need to be completed, and provide the minimum grade acceptable for coursework completed at Syracuse University College of Law.
- The priority deadline for visiting applications are June 1st.