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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

How to Apply for JD Transfer Applicants

Students from other ABA accredited law schools are eligible to apply to our law school as transfer students. We will accept a small number of highly qualified applicants, particularly those with a strong background in the sciences and engineering. The following information applies to JD students only.

To apply
  • Transfer applicants must submit the same materials required of an entering JD application including a personal statement and a completed Credit Assembly Service report through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The CAS report must also include at least two letters of recommendation;
  • Submit the $50 domestic application fee or the $85 international application fee;
  • In addition, transfer applicants must also submit:
    • A statement that illustrates why you are interested in transferring;
    • Your law school transcript and class rank;
    • Letter of Good Standing from your current law school
  • Apply.
Deadlines

The deadline for submission of the application and all supporting materials is July 1. Decisions on transfer applications are usually not made until the summer after all first-year grades are recorded. If desired, a student may apply by June 1 and be reviewed for conditional admission, based on the first semester grades from law school (at least 15 credits completed). The expectation will be that the applicant will have similar grades in the second semester.

Participation in Activities

If a transfer applicant applies by June 1 and is admitted, they will be eligible to participate in moot court, journals, and the on-campus interview program. Applicants who wait until the deadline of July 1 to apply may not be able to participate in these activities.

Criteria

To be eligible for transfer enrollment with advanced standing, students must have completed at least 24 credits at a fully accredited ABA law school. No more than 34 credits will be accepted from another school. All credits will be accepted on a pass/fail basis only, and grades below a C or equivalent passing mark will not be accepted for transfer credit. Transfer students must complete four full semesters at the Maurer School of Law, one of which can be through an exchange program approved by the school. Because of possible differences in the first-year curricula between the Maurer School of Law and another school, acceptance of credit will be solely at the discretion of the Law School. Of special note: summer study abroad and summer externship credits will receive additional review.

The Law School’s Admissions Committee does not require transfer students to have a specific LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, or even law school GPA; the committee looks at all of the variables in an applicant’s file in making its decision. Typically, those who are admitted are in the upper quarter of their class and express compelling educational or personal reasons for transferring to IU.

The IU Maurer School of Law has no pre-existing relationships or articulation agreements with any other law school with respect to transfers. We will review all applicants for transfer, regardless of decisions on past admissions applications.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Should you be admitted as a transfer student, you will be reviewed for a potential scholarship award. We will inform you of your eligibility at the time of admissions. Transfer students are eligible for loans in the same manner as all law students. Accepted transfer students should visit the Financial Overview webpage and/or contact the Law School's financial aid office for further help with the process of applying for loands at iulawfa@indiana.edu.

More Information

Transfer applicants may be asked to interview as part of the selection process and will be contacted accordingly. If you have additional questions regarding transfer eligibility or the admissions process, contact the Office of Admissions at 812-855-4765 or lawadmis@indiana.edu.