Admission of Transfer Students

II-2. Admission of Transfer Students

A.        Eligibility for Admission

A student who has completed at least one semester but no more than three semesters at an ABA-accredited law school may apply as a transfer student to the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Applications should be sent in between February 1 and July 1 of a given calendar year for those students interested in enrolling at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in the Fall of that year or in January of the following year. To be eligible for admission, the student seeking to transfer must:

  1. have satisfactorily completed the first-year curriculum at the law school from which the student is transferring (if the transfer application is considered after one semester, admission will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of the remainder of the first year at the previous law school);
  2. have received residence credit for no more than three (3) semesters at the law school from which the student is transferring;
  3. be in good academic standing, i.e., with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better;
  4. submit a copy of the LSDAS on file with the law school admissions office at the law school from which the student is transferring;
  5. submit a letter of good standing from the Dean of the law school from which the student is transferring; and
  6. submit a letter of recommendation from a law school professor.

B.        Transfer Enrollment after One Semester of Law School

In extraordinary circumstances, the School of Law will approve an application from a transfer student to enroll after one semester of attendance at an ABA-accredited law school, Such an application should be received by December 1 for a student interested in enrolling at the School of Law in the immediately following January. The student must submit a copy of the LSDAS as in point A-4 above. The student must also submit a letter of recommendation from a law school professor and a personal statement explaining the circumstances surrounding the application to transfer after one semester. The School of Law will consider the applicant’s fitness for law school as indicated by the LSDAS file, and will also consider whether the applicant’s first-semester courses can be harmonized with the second-semester first-year schedule at the School of Law.

C.        Status upon Admission

With respect to any student admitted as a transfer student, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may determine whether to:

  1. recognize partial credit or full course credit for courses which have been satisfactorily completed at the law school from which the student is transferring;
  2. recognize credit toward the graduation requirements at the University of St. Thomas School of Law for no more than 44 credit hours of course work completed satisfactorily at the law school from which the student is transferring, which credits shall not be factored into the student’s cumulative grade point average at the University of St. Thomas School of Law;
  3. exempt the transfer student from completing certain required courses to the extent the student has satisfactorily completed such courses at the law school from which the student is transferring;
  4. require the student to take certain required courses generally completed during the first three (3) semesters at the University of St. Thomas Law School to the extent that the student has not satisfactorily completed comparable courses at the law school from which the student is transferring; and
  5. prohibit the student from taking certain courses which would appear to duplicate courses the student has taken at the law school from which the student is transferring.

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