Transfer to Arizona Law

Students transfer for various reasons. Your current school may not have been your first choice. Your interests or circumstances may have changed, or you may find that you want a school that more closely fits your interests, your goals, or your personality. Often students face these questions in the spring, as 1Ls look back on their first-year experience.

Each fall and spring semester we welcome a select group of highly qualified transfer admits. Requirements for transfer are simple, and for transfer 1Ls and 2Ls in the JD program, status is identical to that of returning 1Ls or 2Ls.

Why Choose Arizona Law

University of Arizona College of Law transfer student"I decided to transfer to Arizona Law because I wanted to attend a law school that would enable and empower me to make a difference as a lawyer.

I came from a school with a first year (1L) class the size of the entire Arizona Law student body. Although somewhat apprehensive about attending a university in a state I'd never even visited, I was excited for the opportunity.

The students and faculty here have become my family away from home. They not only encourage me, they hold me accountable to be the best student, co-worker, and friend imaginable. I've seen and heard of law school nightmares, but Arizona Law makes dreams come true. It's been almost two years since I got here and I'm still wondering when I'm going to wake up."  

-Aaron Gbewonyo, Class of 2015

Consider some of many factors that elevate us as a transfer standout — and contact us whenever you’re ready to learn more.

We’re also happy to put you in touch with faculty and students. As a school with more than 7,200 alumni, we can also connect you with graduates in your area, including nearly 600 alumni in California. You may discover that Arizona Law is the school you were looking for all along.

Diverse Educational Opportunities

As a diverse community, we know there are diverse paths to fulfilling careers. Our goal isn’t to fit you into a mold but to help you create one all your own.

Many students are attracted to the range of programs at Arizona Law as well as our position within the University of Arizona, one of the nation's premier public research universities. As a small law school at a top university, we make it possible for law school transfer students to enhance their degrees with studies in business, engineering, medicine, science, and more. 

Small Program with Close Relationships

Through selective admissions, we target balancing our student body at about 480, with roughly 150 students per JD class, plus a small number of graduate students (LLM and SJD) in areas of special institutional expertise. This allows us to maintain a faculty-student ratio of 9:1 (for the 2015-16 academic year).

We offer students considering law school transfer the chance to become part of a close-knit community of professors and peers. It’s a distinguishing characteristic of Arizona Law that people simply feel at home here.

Superior Bar Preparation

Not only do we have a great track record for bar success, we offer two advantages that together make us unique among law schools today:

Strength in Areas of Need & Relevance

We’re recognized for excellence in areas of law that need great lawyers and legal experts — timeless specialties as well as niches of emerging relevance:

Business law and entrepreneurship Intellectual property law
Criminal law International trade and business law
Environmental law Law and data
Human rights law Natural resources law
Immigration law Trial advocacy and civil justice
Indian law Water law
Indigenous peoples law  


At the same time, Arizona Law continues to develop programs that prepare students as lawyers engaged in an international practice, whether that be consulting for companies with a global presence or representing organizations working for change around the world.

Value & Affordability

University of Arizona College of Law studentCost may not be your top factor when deciding whether or not to transfer to another law school, but value always matters. Arizona Law delivers world-class faculty at a highly competitive cost.

Already among the most affordable of the country’s top law schools, we recently became the first major law school to lower tuition in recognition of challenges that today’s students and tomorrow’s lawyers face.

Our tuition rates make Arizona Law a high-value proposition, especially since most Arizona Law students qualify for resident tuition in one year.

Our reduced tuition combined with Tucson’s affordable cost of living adds up to significant savings for law school transfer students.

Strong Career Preparation

Our outstanding numbers for post-graduate externships and employment prove our success at career development. About 20 percent of our graduates — more than double the national average — serve in judicial clerkships.

Law school transfer students also benefit from our clinics: experiential learning opportunities that include a wide array of externships, all aimed at helping students solidly explore and prepare for meaningful careers.

Unbeatable Location

Tucson, Arizona offers a great place to learn and live. For many law school transfer students, our size — 526,000 in city limits, 1,000,000+ in the greater metro area — strikes the best balance between big city and small town.

Warm weather, a rich arts scene, desert beauty, and the fun of being an Arizona Wildcat can feel like entering a new world, but Tucson’s international airport ensures home or anywhere else is never out of reach.

Downtown Tucson

Photo of downtown Tucson by Jacob Chinn, Arizona Alumni Association