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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.

Admission Procedure Outline
 
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, 2015.  All materials necessary to complete the admission file must be received by July 1, 2015.  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.

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 CAS.  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.

 


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 2015 semester must submit an application by November 1, 2014 and the file must be complete by November 15, 2014.  An applicant seeking to visit for the 2015 summer term must submit an application by May 1, 2015 and the file must be complete prior to May 15, 2015.  An applicant seeking to visit beginning fall 2015 semester must submit an application for admission by June 15, 2015 and the file must be complete prior to July 1, 2015.  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.