Transferring to LMU-DSOL
Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the first semester of law school may apply to transfer to Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law. The law school from which you wish to transfer must be either accredited by the American Bar Association or state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, and Tennessee).
In order to be complete your file and have it considered by the Admissions Committee and the Dean, transfer applicants must submit the following nine (9) items to the Office of Admissions:
- An application for transfer admission (available as a PDF here – Application for Admission As a Transfer Student – 2015);
- A personal statement;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- A Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC);
- Official transcripts from every educational institution attended, at least of which must evince a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school;
- A statement of good standing from an administrator of the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit;
- A statement of why a transfer is requested;
- A specific list of courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit; and
- An official course description for all courses for which the student seeks to obtain credit.
Applications for transfer credit shall be reviewed by:
- The Admissions Committee and Dean. All applications for admissions shall be governed by the Student Admissions Policy contained in the LMU-DSOL Student Handbook and as provided in the Admissions Policy & Procedure Manual.
- The Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee shall, in its sole discretion, determine whether transfer credit is appropriate for each credit sought on an individual basis. In exercising its discretion, the Academic Standards Committee shall review:
- The type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit
- The similarity between the type of classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit with comparable classes at the School of Law;
- Whether the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks to transfer credit are classes traditionally taken at a law school accredited by the ABA;
- The grades, including course grades awarded on a pass/fail basis, received by the student in the classes taken at the law school(s) from which the applicant seeks transfer credit.
Under no circumstances may a student transfer more than twenty-nine (29) credit hours. A student who has transferred from another school of law must successfully complete at least fifty-nine (59) credit hours at the School of Law, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better, and satisfy all other degree requirements.
Under no circumstances shall the Academic Standards Committee extend credit for any class in which the student earned a grade less than “C.”
Credit may be extended for courses in which a student was awarded a “P” or other similar indicia for a “pass/fail” graded course.
For additional information on the transfer policies, please contact the LMU-DSOL Office at Admissions either through email at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling 865.545.5303.