Transferring to LMU-DSOL
We welcome students from other law schools who want to join LMU-DSOL! Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the first semester of law school that is either approved by the American Bar Association or is state approved (possible in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee) may apply to transfer to LMU-DSOL.
Transfer applicants must submit the following:
- An application for transfer admission (available as a PDF here – Application for Admission As a Transfer Student – 2014);
- 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.
Students who have been disqualified academically must comply with ABA Standard 505.
Standard 505. PREVIOUSLY DISQUALIFIED APPLICANT
A law school may admit or readmit a student who has been disqualiﬁed previously for academic reasons upon an afﬁrmative showing that the student possesses the requisite ability and that the prior disqualiﬁcation does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at the admitting school. In the case of admission to a law school other than the disqualifying school, this showing shall be made either by a letter from the disqualifying school or, if two or more years have elapsed since that disqualiﬁcation, by the nature of interim work, activity, or studies indicating a stronger potential for law study. For every admission or readmission of a previously disqualiﬁed individual, a statement of the considerations that led to the decision shall be placed in the admittee’s ﬁle.
The two year period begins on the date of the original determination to disqualify the student for academic reasons.
A student who enrolled in a pre-admission program but was not granted admission is not a student who was disqualiﬁed for academic reasons under this Standard
In addition, students who have been disqualified academically must comply with the relevant portion of the LMU-DSOL Student Handbook
VI.D. Applicants Previously Academically Disqualified by Another Institution
The School of Law does permit admission of applicants who were previously academically disqualified by another legal institution. As to admission, an applicant who was previously academically disqualified must demonstrate that he or she possesses the requisite ability to succeed at the School of Law. The applicant must also demonstrate that the previous disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at the DSOL, extraordinary circumstances contributed to his or her inability to meet the academic requirements of another legal institution and the circumstances resulting in the student’s academic disqualification have been remedied or no longer exist. An applicant must also provide the following:
• If less than two years have elapsed since the applicant’s disqualification, then the applicant must provide a letter from the disqualifying institution which demonstrates the previous disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete a law program;
• If two or more years have elapsed since the previous disqualification, then the applicant must provide:
- a written statement detailing: the nature of the interim work, activity, or studies which occurred since the disqualification; and
- a statement describing why the applicant believes he/she now has a stronger potential for the study of law and is likely to successfully complete the course of study at the Duncan School of Law.
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.