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Transfer Application Instructions

Eligibility 

In order to apply for admission as a transfer student to the JD program, applicants must complete one year of full or part-time study at an ABA-accredited law school.

Application Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Electronic Application

The application process begins when you visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website where you can complete and submit an electronic application to Loyola. We do NOT require any letters of recommendation to apply as a transfer student.

Application Fee

A $65 nonrefundable application fee is required and must be paid electronically via LSAC by credit card (For paper applications, checks or money orders should be made payable to 'Loyola Law School.') 

Applicants requesting a fee waiver must use one of these options:

Preferred Fee Waiver Option

    • Apply with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for a fee waiver
    • Applicants who are approved for an LSAC fee waiver automatically have their Loyola application fee waived (through LSAC's online application).

Personal Statement

A personal statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting a diverse entering class. It is also used to assess each applicant's written English skills. The personal statement provides each applicant with the opportunity to describe the uniqueness of his or her character, abilities and experience. Transfer applicants may discuss their first year of law school and their reasons for seeking to transfer.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report

An updated copy of the final Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Law School Admission Council.

Official Law School Transcripts

An official law school transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Registrar of your law school. The transcript should include grades for all course work completed in the fall and spring semesters. Law school transcripts sent directly through LSAC are not considered official.

Please note: If an applicant has been offered admission, no credit will be transferred to the student's record at Loyola for courses in which the student received a grade of less than 75 or lower than a "C," or for courses which do not meet equivalent unit requirements, or for courses taken at non-ABA accredited institutions.

All units from the applicant's original institution will be transferred as "pass" and will have no bearing on the student's Loyola grade point average. A maximum of 29 transferable units will be applied towards the unit requirement for graduation. A minimum of 58 units must be completed at Loyola for all transfer students.

Letter of Good Standing and Class Rank

An official letter of good standing, including fall and spring semester grades, must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Registrar or Dean of Students of your law school. A letter or memo indicating class rank should also be sent if this information is not included in the letter of good standing or on the law school transcript. Fax transmissions are not acceptable.

Disclosures

Applicants must answer questions #1-9 on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to questions #2-9 on the "Disclosures" section must provide a written explanation of their response.  Applications with "yes" responses that do not provide written explanations are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

The application form requires disclosure of any charge or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor or other offense, with the sole exception of a minor traffic offense. Conviction for DUI (or any other alcohol or drug-related offense) is not a minor traffic offense. Conviction may be a legal consequence of (1) a verdict of guilty after trial by judge or jury, (2) a plea of guilty or (3) a plea of nolo contendere.  You must disclose this information even if your record has been sealed or expunged.

Applicants are advised that bar examiners will receive official reports of such convictions from law enforcement agencies. Failure to disclose a charge or conviction on this application may result in dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded, and the denial of admission to the bar.

Résumé

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a résumé. Résumés should not exceed two typed pages and may include: education information (including honors and awards), employment history, extracurricular or community activities, military service, publications, special achievements, etc.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Loyola Law School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the law school. Consistent with its obligations under the law, Loyola Law School prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the law school's programs and activities, including hiring, compensation, work assignments and promotion.  Loyola Law School also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  For inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy contact Loyola Law School’s Director of Human Resources/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at 213.736.1415 or the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 310.568.6105.