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Transfer Applicants

The USF School of Law welcomes transfer students from accredited law schools across the country.  Transfer students make meaningful contributions to our diverse, supportive community and benefit from the unique advantages of a USF legal education. 

USF has programs to help transfer students adjust to life at our law school and scholarships may be available for qualified students. 

An individual who has earned a bachelor's degree and who has completed the equivalent of two full semesters of study at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association may apply for admission with advanced standing. Admission decisions are based primarily upon the applicant's prior law school performance and class standing. In order to be considered, the applicant must provide certification from the previous law school(s) that he or she is in good academic standing and unconditionally eligible to continue his or her studies. A student who has been academically disqualified, or who is barred from advancing with his or her class, will not be considered.

Application Deadlines

The Transfer application deadline is June 27, 2014. Transfer applicants must indicate whether they wish to apply for the Full-Time/ Day Division Juris Doctor Program or the Part-Time/ Evening Division Juris Doctor Program, and are accepted for the fall term only.

Early Application Review

USF will begin early application review of transfer applications on April 1 provided that the transfer applicant has submitted the above information as of the fall semester, as well as the items listed below.  If class rank as of fall semester is not available, early review can still commence as long as an official transcript and letter of good standing as of fall semester is received by April 1.  

Transfer applicants may be offered early admission based on first semester grades and conditioned on performing acceptably in the second semester of law school. In addition, merit scholarships may be available to highly qualified transfer applicants.

Transfer Credit

Upon admission, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will review a transfer student’s academic record to determine (1) how much credit for the student’s prior law school course work will be accepted and applied toward the USF degree, and (2) what USF degree requirements must be completed by the student after his or her matriculation at USF.  No more than 30 units of transfer credit may be applied to the USF degree.

To determine whether course credit will be granted the Associate Dean evaluates the strength of the student’s academic achievement in each course previously taken.  To determine whether USF degree requirements are satisfied the Associate Dean assesses the substantive content of each previously taken course to determine if it is substantially similar to the content of a comparable course required for the degree by USF.  In no event will transfer credit be granted for any course in which the student received a grade below “C” or its equivalent.

Application Requirements

In addition to the standard admission requirements, applicants for admission with advanced standing must submit:

  • An official transcript of all law school course work (including the last term enrolled prior to transfer)
  • A letter of good standing
  • An official report of your class standing (rank) 
  1. Application Form

    Click here to complete the application form and submit it electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The electronic application will be available in early September. You may also download the application here. All mailed admission materials should be directed to the following address:

    University of San Francisco School of Law
    Office of Admissions
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
  2. Education

    All transfer applicants are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year university or college. Accepted applicants must furnish official final transcripts indicating receipt of a baccalaureate degree, as well as completion of any work in progress when the application was filed. If admitted, an official transcript showing the conferral of the baccalaureate degree must be mailed directly from the college or university to the Office of Admissions prior to the start of the fall term.

  3. Personal Statement

    The admissions committee requires that each applicant submit a personal statement to supplement the application form. The statement is used by the committee as both a source of additional information and as a writing sample, but is not a substitute for the application.

    The statement should focus on your interest in and motivation and preparation for the study of law. The committee is interested in your personal experiences, background, and accomplishments. Factors that are helpful to the committee include co-curricular activities, areas of interest, past or present employment, and college academic honors. Personal statements tend to average 2 to 4 pages in length; however, there is no page limitation to the personal statement.

    If there are instances of academic probation or disqualification, applicants should be prepared to explain these situations in a separate addendum.

    The personal statement should be typewritten, double spaced, and included with your application. Your resume may be attached to the statement. Please write your name on the top of each page. Number and staple pages together. If applying electronically, be sure to attach your statement electronically.

  4. Two Letters of Recommendation

    The admissions committee requires two letters of recommendation in support of your application. An optional third letter may be submitted, but no more than three letters of recommendation will be considered for one application. Although the committee will accept recommendation letters from any two individuals designated by the applicant, the committee suggests:

    • If possible, have the two recommendations completed by law faculty members (or administrators) with whom you have studied. You may wish to substitute other individuals, including supervisors and business colleagues, with whom you have had recent contact.
    • Choose individuals who have had substantial and recent opportunity to observe your professional and/or academic potential. Recommendations from people who have not had such opportunity are of little assistance to the committee.
    • Your letters of recommendation may be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which serves all member schools. This service is included in your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription. Your recommendations will be copied by the service and sent to us along with your CAS Report. 
    • Be sure to follow all directions for submitting letters of recommendation as described on the LSAC web site. It is important that you fill out and give each person submitting a recommendation a letter of   recommendation form. Forms can be obtained online at www.lsac.org.
    • Letters may also be sent directly to the USF School of Law Admissions Office. 
  5. Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

    All transfer applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Service. Information about CAS registration is available online at www.lsac.org.

    Transcripts of all college work, both undergraduate and graduate, should be sent directly to LSAC. The committee may not consider an application if the CAS report indicates that transcripts are missing.

    If you are accepted for admission, you must submit directly to the USF School of Law an official transcript showing the award of the baccalaureate degree. The official transcript must be sent by the degree-granting institution(s). Transcripts sent to the CAS do not fulfill this requirement. Your admission may be canceled if the Office of Admissions does not receive an official transcript prior to the first day of instruction.

    If you completed your baccalaureate degree outside of the United States or Canada, USF requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted to the Credential Assembly Service (see item J).

  6. Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

    Transfer applicants must have taken the LSAT and have their score(s) reported to the USF School of Law in a CAS report.

  7. $60.00 Application Fee

    A $60.00 application fee, payable to the University of San Francisco, must be submitted with your application. If you are applying electronically, you must pay the application fee online using a valid credit card.

    The application fee is not refundable. In the event that you are subsequently admitted, the fee will not be applied toward your tuition. Furthermore, if you decide to withdraw your application before a final decision is made, your application fee will not be refunded.

  8. Diversity Statement (Optional)

    In addition to the required personal statement, applicants may submit an optional diversity statement or essay that is separate from the require personal statement. An applicant may describe any factors that illustrate how he or she may add to the diversity of the law school and enrich the educational environment for all students as well as the legal profession.

    For example, an applicant may want to address issues or experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious affiliation, ideology, or socio-economic disadvantage.

    In addition, an applicant may want to discuss atypical career aspirations, employment background, educational history, special talents or skills, or primary or secondary languages other than English.

Additional Requirements for Foreign Applicants

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not received a four-year baccalaureate degree in the United States or another country where English is the primary language are REQUIRED to take the TOEFL.This requirement also applies to recent immigrants to the U.S. who completed their undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. in a non-English speaking country or at an institution where English was not the language of instruction. The Committee will consider for admission only those applicants with TOEFL scores of 600 or above on the paper-based test or 100 or above on the TOEFL iBT exam. Information is available here. Only scores reported directly from TOEFL will be accepted.

    International students who have completed a graduate degree in the United States are NOT exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

    Only TOEFL exams taken after April 1, 2009, will be considered. Inquiries regarding the TOEFL requirement may be directed to the USF School of Law Admissions Office.

    TOEFL results should be sent to LSAC (see item 2 below).  

  2. International Transcripts

    The USF School of Law requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the  Credential Assembly Service (CAS). If you completed any post-secondary college or university work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.

    This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, which will be incorporated into your CAS report.

    Foreign law school applicants also must contact the Educational Testing Service and request their TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD CAS is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your CAS report.

    To use the CAS, log in to your online account and follow the registration instructions. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it to them promptly. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the CAS can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or lsacinfo@lsac.org.

Disclosures/Character & Fitness

All applicants are required to complete the disclosure questions in the Character and Fitness section of the Application. USF requires applicants to disclose any issues related to academic probation, suspension, disqualification (particularly from a previous law school). In addition all applicants must disclose any felony or misdemeanor charge, arrest, conviction, or pending adjudication including a DUI (or any alcohol or drug-related offense). This includes any charge, arrest or conviction that may have been dropped or expunged. Information should include the date of each incident, full explanation of the incident, including the name of the charge, and the final disposition of each charge.

In addition, all applicants are required to notify the School of Law if any changes to the information included in their Application for Admission occur after the application has been submitted. In particular, all applicants must immediately notify the Director of Admissions if any new academic probation, suspension, disqualification issues arise, or if any new charge, arrest or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor takes place after submitting the application.

Conviction is any of the following: (1) a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, (2) a verdict or finding of guilt regardless of whether sentence is imposed by the court.  The Bar Examiners will receive reports of any such convictions from law enforcement agencies.

Newly admitted applicants are required to immediately submit a detailed written description of new disclosures to the Law School's Admissions Office if an incident occurs AFTER an offer of admission is made and to the Office of the Assistant Dean for Academic Services if an incident occurs AFTER classes begin. Information disclosed after an applicant has been offered admission will automatically result in a re-evaluation of the applicant's file.

Failure to disclose any changes to your application or any of the Character & Fitness information noted above, may result in revocation of your admission decision, dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded by USF School of Law, denial of admission to the Bar, and referral to the LSAC Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process.

Application Materials

All materials and correspondence relating to admission or your Law School application should be directed to the School of Law Office of Admissions. Once submitted, all materials become the property of the School of Law and will not be returned or copied. Please keep a copy of your application and any supporting documents for your records.

Status Checks

Upon receipt of your application, the Law School Admissions Office will provide a login and password that will allow you to check the status of your application on-line. You will be notified by email once your application is received by USF and also when your application file becomes complete. All official decision notices will be sent via email.