How to Apply
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Transfer applications must be submitted by July 30. The Office of Admissions makes most admissions decisions by Aug. 10. Students applying for transfer should submit the following:
- A current Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report.
- Either (a) a letter from the dean of the applicant's present school stating that the applicant is in good standing and eligible to return to that school and giving the applicant's class rank; or (b) a letter (or letters) from the dean or faculty of the school previously attended stating that the applicant satisfies Standard 505 of the American Bar Association's Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. *
- An official copy of the applicant's law school transcript showing all courses and grades.
- A current University of Kansas School of Law application form and $55 application fee.
- A statement explaining the reasons(s) for the transfer request and any interest in or connection to Kansas or the University of Kansas.
Submit application materials to:
University of Kansas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1535 W. 15th Street, Room 205
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7608
* Standard 505 provides: "Admission or re-evaluation may be granted a law student who has been previously disqualified for academics 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 an admission to another law school this showing shall normally be made by letters from the dean of faculty of the school previously attended. A previously disqualified student may also be admitted when two or more years have elapsed since that disqualification and the nature of interim work, activity, or studies indicates a stronger potential for law study. In each case the admitting officer shall sign and place in the admittee's file a statement of the considerations that led to the decision to admit or readmit the applicant."
The University of Kansas School of Law welcomes transfer applications. The Admissions Committee considers the following standards when reviewing applications for admission with advanced standing:
- A transfer generally can be made only between the student's first and second year of law school.
- A transfer applicant generally must have at least 25 credit hours of law school coursework and be in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school.
- A transfer student may be awarded credit for up to 30 hours of study at another ABA-approved law school. Exact number of credits awarded is determined by the associate dean for academic affairs after review of the transfer student’s transcript, course content, hours earned, grades earned and/or other factors deemed relevant by the associate dean for academic affairs. But in any event, a grade of C (or equivalent) or better is necessary in each course for which transfer credit is sought.
- Upon admission, a $500 seat deposit is required. Seat deposit deadlines vary depending on when admission is granted, but not before April 1.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why transfer to KU Law?
Students transferring to KU Law can take advantage of all the things our three-year students do: engaged faculty, friendly students, extensive clinical opportunities, and excellent career prospects. All of this takes place in Lawrence, Kansas, one of America’s greatest college towns.
What does KU look for in a transfer applicant?
We look for the same thing we look for in our new students: candidates with a record of strong academic performance who are ready to make a positive impact at law school and beyond.
What about LSAT and undergraduate GPA?
Law schools use GPA and LSAT as predictors for how well a student will do in law school. But the best predictor for law school performance is law school performance. Therefore, although we do not completely ignore GPA and LSAT, we will place a much higher emphasis on your first-year performance. Generally speaking, we select students who finish in the top third of their 1L class. Class rank is emphasized over GPA because GPAs vary from school to school.
Can I still participate in clinical programs?
Absolutely. KU Law has 12 clinical programs, each of which provides students with opportunities to experience the practice of law while still in law school. Many of our students even complete two clinics, which transfer students are eligible to do, too.
Will I be eligible for moot court and Law Review?
Yes, but not until your third year.
Are there scholarships available for transfer students?
Not specifically for transfer students, but transfer students may apply for upper-level scholarships just as other students do. Applications for most scholarships become available in the fall.