Transfer Admission Requirements
Emilija Avsharian, ’08
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Michigan State University College of Law annually welcomes as many as 45 students transferring from other US law schools. Admission to the Law College for transfer candidates is based primarily on grades earned while in law school, with preference given to transfer applicants who have achieved a law-school grade-point average of 3.0 or higher based on a minimum of 18 credits of completed course work at another ABA-approved law school.
In reviewing transfer applications, the Law College will give preference to applicants who have completed the following 1L courses prior to enrolling at MSU Law: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts.
Prospective transfer applicants are encouraged to begin their studies at MSU Law in the fall term; however, admission for the term beginning in January may be an option if seats in required classes are available. A maximum of 43 credit hours is recognized by the College of Law, with a grade of "C" or better being required for a course to be awarded credit by the Law College.
The application deadline for fall entry is July 25; the application deadline for the winter term is December 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;
- an official transcript from the applicant's current law school (reflecting at least 18 credit hours of completed course work)*; 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 November or early December 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.