Transfer Applicants

Thank you for your interest in transferring to UCLA School of Law. The transfer application for Fall 2019 will open on May 1. The priority application deadline is Friday, June 14 and applications may be submitted through June 28. Please note that you may submit your application without your second semester grades. (Though all grades are required to be considered for admission). Applying early is highly encouraged as it may allow for a decision to be rendered more quickly. 

UCLA Law believes transfer students further enrich the quality of UCLA's academic program. There is ample evidence of the ways transfer students contribute to the institution in classroom interaction, in the energy devoted to clinical efforts, in student projects, and in faculty-supervised research. The faculty believes that it is appropriate to make some spaces available in the second year for those individuals who have achieved academic distinction during their first year at other law schools.

Your application for admission must be submitted through the LSAC online application service.

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J.D. Transfer Credit Acceptance Policy

Transfer applicants must have successfully completed an entire first-year curriculum at another American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school. UCLA will award a maximum of 39 credits earned at another institution. Transfer students must spend four (4) full-time semesters at UCLA School of Law upon transferring. Students from law schools that are only state-approved are not eligible for admission. For more information about the transfer admission process and procedures, please contact our Admissions Office at (310) 825-2080 or

J.D. Transfer Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A transfer application found at LSAC.
  2. An essay that discusses background, goals and reason(s) for interest in completing a legal education at UCLA School of Law. The essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages or be less than 12 pt. font.
  3. Current résumé.
  4. Official transcripts of law school grades sent directly to LSAC or UCLA School of Law. In order to expedite the review process, we will accept unofficial student copies of fall and spring grades sent via email to However, please note, official transcripts are required once a student is admitted.
  5. Two letters of recommendation (no more than two) submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service or e-mailed/mailed directly to the Law School are required. The two letters of recommendation should be from members of the law faculty who can comment on the applicant's performance and potential.
  6. LSAC law school report (including LSAT score and undergraduate transcripts) sent directly from the Law School Admission Council.
  7. Letter of good standing, including class rank if available, sent directly from the current law school's dean of students or registrar to
  8. David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy application, if applying to that program.
  9. Nonrefundable application fee in the amount of $75. You may submit your application and pay the fee electronically via LSAC.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of July.