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Transfer and Visiting Students

Transfer Student Admission  

Eligibility

Law students at other institutions who are interested in completing their studies at the Law School are encouraged to apply for admission as transfer students. Transfer students are welcomed to Georgia Law by our students and faculty and have opportunities to join student organizations, journals, advocacy teams, clinics, and social activities. A student who has completed the first year of full-time studies in a Juris Doctor degree program at an ABA-approved law school may be considered for transfer admission. Transfer applications from law schools awarded provisional ABA accreditation will not be considered.
 
In making transfer decisions, the Admissions Committee relies heavily upon three criteria: (1) the applicant's academic record at all schools attended, including law schools and the applicant's Law School Admission Test score(s); (2) the reasons for seeking transfer; and (3) the number of places available in the class. Transfer applicants are eligible for admission only in the fall semester of their second year of law school. No transfer applicants are admitted for the summer or spring terms. Transfer students are not eligible for any joint degree program at the University.
 
Credit for first-year courses completed by an admitted transfer student at his/her home school will be awarded in the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs upon evaluation of the transfer student's grades and courses. Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses taken pass/fail or on any other ungraded basis or for any course completed with a grade lower than a C or its equivalent. The Law School will accept no more than 30 hours of credit from another law school.
 
The Law School may require transfer students to take particular courses in order to meet graduation requirements even if the student has had a similar course at his/her previous law school.  While transfer students may receive credit for courses completed at another law school, students’ actual grades will not be used in calculating their grade point averages at the Law School.  In addition, transfer students will not have class ranks until the end of their second year.
 
All transfer students are eligible to participate in the write-on competition for journal membership. The Law School has three academic journals:  Law Review; Journal of International & Comparative Law; and Journal of Intellectual Property Law. The write-on competition is used for all three publications. Interested students should contact Gracie Waldrup in the Student Publications Office at waldrup@uga.edu or 706-542-7286 by May 1st.  In mid-May, the write-on materials will be available to all rising 2nd year students following the completion of their last final exam. On that date, write-on packets will be emailed to all potential transfer students who have requested one.  Student publications require a two year commitment, therefore, this will be the only opportunity to apply for membership.
 
Transfer students wishing to be a part of the Law School's Advocacy Program can email Kellie Casey, the Director of Advocacy, at krcasey@uga.edu for information about tryouts. Moot court tryouts begin at the end of August and mock trial tryouts begin in September. An informational meeting will take place during the first week of fall classes.
 

Early Action Transfer Application Process: Apply by April 1st

Applicants who apply for Fall 2016 transfer admission by April 1, 2016 will be considered through the Early Action Transfer Application Process.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  All applicants will be notified of decision by May 1, 2016.  Early Action applications may be accepted, denied, or deferred to the Regular Transfer Application Process.     

A completed Early Action application must include an official transcript containing all first-year, first semester grades.  Second semester grades are not required to apply through the Early Action process, though admission is contingent on maintaining good standing for the remaining first-year courses and having no significant change to the character and fitness portion of the application.  Admission through Early Action is non-binding.  Admitted students will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 seat deposit by June 1, 2016 to confirm enrollment.  Applicants admitted under Early Action will be required to submit a law school transcript containing final grades for their full first year of law school by July 1, 2016.

Early Action Transfer Application Materials

1. Law School ApplicationAll applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.orgAn applicant seeking admission for fall semester must submit an application for admission and all materials necessary to complete the admission file by April 1, 2016.  All files completed after that date may be considered by the Admissions Committee at its discretion.  An application fee of $50 must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org.  After you submit your application, please send an email to Brandi Saunders, Law School Operations Manager, at bsaundrs@uga.edu stating that you have applied to Georgia Law through the Early Action Transfer process.

2. Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript showing all law school courses attempted, including final first-year, first semester grades, is required in order to be considered for Early Action admission.  The transcript must be sent directly to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.

3. Letter of Good Standing. A letter of good standing must be received from the dean of the law school from which transfer is desired. The letter must indicate whether the applicant is in good standing and is eligible for continued enrollment. When possible, it should include the applicant's class standing upon completion of first-year, first semester studies. The letter must be sent after the conclusion of the fall academic term.

4. Reason(s) for Seeking Transfer.  A brief statement (less than 500 words) explaining the reason(s) for seeking transfer to the University of Georgia School of Law.

5. LSAC Law School Report. All applicants for transfer admission must have a current LSAC Law School Report sent to the School of Law by the Law School Admissions Council.  The report must include all courses taken prior to law school enrollment.  This requirement may necessitate having the degree-granting institution send a final undergraduate transcript to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.  Law School Reports previously received by the School of Law will not satisfy this requirement.  The final undergraduate transcript must indicate that the applicant's undergraduate degree has been awarded.  

6. Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation written in support of your transfer application are required. Letters used in a previous application to law school will not be accepted. At least one of the letters should be from a law professor. Letters should be sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.

Regular Transfer Application Process: Apply by June 15th

Regular Transfer Application Materials
 
1. Law School ApplicationAll applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.orgAn applicant seeking admission for fall semester must submit an application for admission by June 15, 2016  All materials necessary to complete the admission file must be received by July 1, 2016.  All files completed after that date may be considered by the Admissions Committee at its discretion.  An application fee of $50 must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org.

2. Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript showing all law school courses attempted, including final first-year grades, is required in order to be considered for admission.  The transcript must be sent directly to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.

3. Letter of Good Standing. A letter of good standing must be received from the dean of the law school from which transfer is desired. The letter must indicate whether the applicant is in good standing and is eligible for continued enrollment. When possible, it should include the applicant's class standing upon completion of first-year studies. The letter must be sent after the conclusion of the academic term immediately preceding desired enrollment. 

4. Reason(s) for Seeking Transfer.  A brief statement (less than 500 words) explaining the reason(s) for seeking transfer to the University of Georgia School of Law.

5. LSAC Law School Report. All applicants for transfer admission must have a current LSAC Law School Report sent to the School of Law by the Law School Admissions Council.  The report must include all courses taken prior to law school enrollment.  This requirement may necessitate having the degree-granting institution send a final undergraduate transcript to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.  Law School Reports previously received by the School of Law will not satisfy this requirement.  The final undergraduate transcript must indicate that the applicant's undergraduate degree has been awarded.  

6. Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation written in support of your transfer application are required. Letters used in a previous application to law school will not be accepted. At least one of the letters should be from a law professor. Letters should be sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.

 

  Transfer Application 2015-2016 Timeline

 

  September 1, 2015

  Application available on www.lsac.org

  April 1, 2016

  Early Action transfer completion application deadline

  May 1, 2016

  Notification of Early Action transfer decisions

  June 1, 2016

  $500 Non-refundable Deposit Due (Early Action only)

  June 15, 2016

  Regular transfer application deadline

  July 1, 2016

  Regular transfer application completion deadline

 



Visiting Student Admission

Eligibility

A student who has completed the first year of full-time studies in a Juris Doctor degree program at a law school which is approved by the American Bar Association may be considered for admission as a visiting student. Admission is granted for one academic term at a time.  A student may visit for a maximum of one academic year after either the first or second year of law school.

Admission Procedure Outline

1. Law School ApplicationAll applicants are required to apply online through LSAC.orgAn applicant seeking to visit beginning Spring 2016 semester must submit an application by November 1, 2015 and the file must be complete by November 15, 2015.  An applicant seeking to visit for the 2016 Summer Term must submit an application by May 1, 2016 and the file must be complete prior to May 15, 2016.  An applicant seeking to visit beginning Fall 2016 semester must submit an application for admission by June 15, 2016 and the file must be complete prior to July 1, 2016.  Application files completed after those dates may be considered by the Admissions Committee at its discretion.  An application fee of $50 must be paid online when applying through LSAC.org.

2. Reason for Visiting. Each applicant must provide a statement giving the reason for being a visiting student. The statement should accompany the application form. 

3. Dean's Approval. A letter granting approval for the visit from the dean of the applicant's law school is required. The approval letter must also disclose whether the applicant is in good standing. 

4. Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript of all work attempted is required.