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, goals or personality. Often students face these questions in the spring, as 1Ls look back on their first-year experience.
Each fall and spring semester University of Arizona Law welcomes a select group of highly qualified transfer admits. Requirements for transfer are simple, and for 1L and 2L transfers to the JD program, status is identical to that of returning 1Ls or 2Ls.
Why Choose University of Arizona Law
Consider some of the many factors that elevate us as a transfer standout—and contact us at law-admissions@@email.arizona.edu when you’re ready to learn more.
"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
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JD Transfer and Visitor Admissions Requirements
You may apply to transfer to Arizona Law or to study as a visitor after your first year of law studies.
- Completed application and domicile affidavit
Via the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Includes a non-refundable $65 application fee. Note that disclosure of your social security number is voluntary per privacy law.
- Personal statement
Write a personal statement describing your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including education and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any other circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction (four double-spaced pages or less).
A resume is one of the best ways to describe the range of your work and volunteer experiences, skills, and interests.
- Official law school transcript with past and current grades and rank
Only for 2L transfers
- Two letters of recommendation from law faculty you’ve studied under
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about acceptable forms of recommendation.
- Letter from your current dean confirming good standing
- For visitors, the dean’s letter should also state permission to enroll at Arizona Law and list any conditions limiting units acceptable to your home institution.
Transfer of Credit Earned at Another Institution
A limited number of transfer and visiting students may be admitted to the College. A student who has completed the first year of law study at a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association may be considered for transfer. Applications for transfer and visiting status will be judged on the basis of the College admission standards and other criteria developed by the Admissions Office in consultation with the Admissions Committee. A student that is disqualified from attending, on probation at, or who has failed to maintain at least a "C" average for all law work attempted at another law school may not transfer to the Law College. A third year student may not be considered for transfer, but may apply as a visiting student. A transfer student qualifies as a degree candidate and is eligible to receive a degree from the College upon successful completion of the graduation requirements. A visiting student is not a degree candidate and may only take course work at the College that will apply towards a degree at another law college.
Units taken from ABA-approved schools will be awarded credit for transfer into Arizona Law only in the amount that is awarded for the same course at Arizona Law. Further, credit is awarded only for courses in which the student received a grade of C, or better. In addition to the required first-year courses, all transfer students must take Evidence, Professional Responsibility, the Writing Requirement and the Experiential Education Requirement. First-year courses not previously taken, must be taken the first time they are offered after the student begins to matriculate at Arizona Law. 88 units are required for graduation, 37 of those units must be in graded, post-first year courses. Units transferred-in are deemed Pass/Fail units and do not count towards the graded unit requirement.
Individuals admitted through the Advanced Admissions program may receive up to a total of 29 units of “advanced standing” credits for prior non-U.S. law study, allowing them to complete their JD degree in as little as four (4) semesters. Candidates admitted through the Advanced Admissions Program are not required to graduate in four (4) semesters and may attend additional semesters; typically, candidates attend for four (4) to six (6) semesters.
The determination of how many advanced standing credits will be awarded to a student admitted through the Advanced Admissions Program will be made by the Associate Dean for Programs and Innovation, or the Dean’s designee, in consultation with the Dean of Students.
Credit for units earned in a law school outside the United States will be granted if the College of Law would have granted credit towards satisfaction of J.D. degree requirements if earned at the University of Arizona. In making this determination, a student wishing to receive transfer credit must provide the Associate Dean for Programs and Innovation, or the Dean’s designee, a course description from the other university or syllabus from the professor of each of the courses the student wishes to be considered. The description or syllabus must be provided in English. The student must also provide information regarding how units are calculated at the other university so that the number of units can be calculated to meet ABA Standard 310.