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School of Law Transfer and Visit Policy

Transfer Student Credit: for Students Transferring to Fordham

Students transferring into Fordham Law School after completing their first year at an ABA accredited law school may receive academic credit for up to 31 credits earned at that school. Transferred credits count toward the 83 credits required for graduation. The Registrar evaluates transcripts to determine which courses are eligible for credit towards graduation. Transfer students may not repeat any course that is approved for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is given only for courses in which a grade of “C” or better was earned. Grades received for courses completed prior to transfer are not included in the student’s Fordham G.P.A. and appear on a student’s Fordham transcript as “TA” or “TB” (the “T” represents transfer and the “A/B/C” represents grade received). If a completed course was not graded with a standard letter grade, the student must provide confirmation that the grade received is the equivalent to at least a C letter grade. Transfer credit will not be awarded for any coursework prior to enrollment in an ABA accredited law school.

Upon acceptance to Fordham Law and prior to the start of their initial semester, transfer students must submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s office from their prior law school.

Visiting Away from Fordham

Students who Wish to Take Courses at Another Law School

A student in good academic standing and who has completed at least one year of law school, may seek permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or Registrar to spend one or two semesters at another ABA accredited law school outside of the New York area. Courses taken at another law school must be approved by the registrar prior to the start of the semester. They may not substitute for any required course, nor satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. Grades earned while visiting away are not calculated into the student’s Fordham G.P.A. but the credits count toward the 83 credits required for graduation. Transfer credit is given only for courses in which a grade of “C” or better was earned and the transfer grade is recorded as “TA or TB” (the “T” represents transfer and the “A/B/C” represents grade received) on the student’s transcript. If a course completed at another school was not graded with a standard letter grade, the student must provide confirmation that the grade is equivalent to at least a C letter grade.

Articulation agreements

Other than Fordham’s established study abroad or joint degree programs (J.D./M.S.W., J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.A.) we have no articulation agreements with other Law Schools governing the transfer of credit.

Study Abroad at ABA-accredited U.S. Law Schools

Students must obtain prior written permission from the International and Non-J.D. office to receive credit for attending a summer or traditional semester study abroad through a Fordham program or a non-Fordham ABA-accredited program. All courses must be approved prior to the start of the semester.

Students may receive up to eight credits for an approved summer program, or 12 credits for a fall or spring semester. Students must provide official transcripts from the visited school after completion of the program/semester. Courses taken at another law school may not substitute for any required course, nor satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. Credit will only be given for courses in which students receive a “C” grade or above, and the grade is recorded as “TP” (the “T” represents transfer and the “P” represents pass) on the student’s transcript. Grades earned while studying abroad are not calculated into the student’s Fordham G.P.A., but the credits count toward the 83 credits required for graduation.

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Study Abroad and Related Opportunities or Semester/Year Programs

Visiting Law Students at Fordham

Visiting students may spend one or two semesters at Fordham Law school and graduate from the law school through which they have matriculated. An approved visitor may attend during the fall and spring semester and may register for any applicable open classes at the law school.

Visiting students must submit an application to the Admissions Office, along with a letter of good standing, approval from the visitor’s home school, and an official transcript. Visiting students are not included in any of Fordham’s grading curves. All visitors must submit verification of vaccinations and health insurance, and adhere to all Fordham’s policies during their visit. Non U.S. students must verify that their visa is valid with the office of International services and must provide the office with their visa information.