Michigan State Law welcomes students transferring from other U.S. law schools. Admission for transfer candidates is based primarily on grades earned while in law school, with preference given to applicants who rank in the top half of their current law school class based on a minimum of 18 credits of completed course work. The College of Law will grant a maximum of 43 credit hours for courses completed at other law schools when a grade of "C" or higher is earned.
Prospective transfer applicants are encouraged to begin their studies at MSU Law in the fall term; however, admission for the term beginning in January also is an option. The recommended application deadline for fall entry is June 25; the recommended application deadline for the winter term is November 15. The following items are required as part of the transfer application:
- a completed application form;
- an application fee of $20;
- a Credential Assembly Services Report issued by the Law School Admission Council;
- a brief (maximum of one-page) statement addressing the reason(s) for seeking transfer admission;
- a transcript from the applicant's current law school reflecting at least 18 credit hours of completed course work (an unofficial copy is acceptable for purposes of file review, but an official, school-issued transcript must be on file prior to a student's matriculation)*; and,
- a letter of good standing and indication of the applicant's class rank at the current law school.*
*please forward directly to the MSU Law Admissions Office
Admission decisions for transfer applicants are made on a "rolling basis" in June or early July for the fall semester and in October or November for the term beginning in January.
A transfer applicant who wishes to accept the Law College's offer of admission must complete the Enrollment Intention Form and submit a nonrefundable deposit of $350. Upon receipt of the Enrollment Intention Form and deposit (which will apply toward tuition charges), the Associate Dean of Student Engagement will complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation in order to determine how courses transfer and whether such courses fulfill the MSU Law required curriculum. In turn, the transfer student may schedule courses at the Law College.