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Transfer Program

Transfer applicants must have successfully completed at least one year in a JD program at an ABA approved law school and be in good academic standing. Transfer candidates will be accepted for matriculation only at the beginning of an academic year in the fall. For transfer students admitted from ABA accredited law schools, credit for classes in which the student has earned a “C” or better will be accepted. The maximum number of transfer credits is 31. Students will be advised of the credits that are accepted for transfer and whether they are applied to required courses before the student is asked to make a commitment to attend Fordham Law.

Fall 2021 transfer applications may be submitted between March 15, 2021 and July 1, 2021. Please submit an application before submitting supporting documents.

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed Fordham Law application with the $70 application fee. 
  2. A complete law school transcript that includes all grades earned in the first year and any subsequent years of the applicant's law school enrollment. Please submit an application before submitting a transcript. Applicants are welcome to submit unofficial transcripts to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu when they become available. If an unofficial transcript is submitted, it must be followed up with an official transcript as a condition of enrollment. Official transcripts can be submitted through LSAC or directly from an applican't current law school. Please wait to submit a transcript until you have all of your first-year law school grades. We cannot start the review of your application until we have a complete law school transcrupt that includes all grades earned in the first year and any subsequent years of the applicant's law school enrollment.
  3. An official CAS report from LSAC. LSAC should be able to release this to Fordham Law's Office of Admissions after an application is submitted. If not, an applicant can ask their current law school to email a copy of the CAS report to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu (we only need the first page). 
  4. A letter of good standing sent directly from the current law school to Fordham Law's Office of Admissions. We highly recommend that this is emailed to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu. If email is not possible, it can be mailed to the Office of Admissions. Please wait to submit a letter of good standing until you have completed your first year of law school. 
  5. A statement detailing the reasons why the applicant wishes to transfer to Fordham Law. This should be no longer than two double-spaced pages.
  6. Letters of recommendation are optional, but strongly preferred. We recommend at least one from a law school professor. Letters can be submitted through LSAC or emailed directly from the writers to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu.
  7. A resume, which should include summer opportunities. 

We will start making transfer decisions in early June. Then, decisions are made on a rolling basis. All transfer decisions are generally rendered by the first week of August.

Please see below for FAQs regarding the transfer program.

Does Fordham Law provide application fee waivers for transfer applications?

Unfortunately, we do not have application fee waivers for transfer applications.

How many transfer students does Fordham Law enroll?

We enroll approximately 15-30 transfer students each fall.

Can I apply to start in the spring?

No, we only enroll transfer students once per year in the fall.

Does Fordham Law have a minimum GPA requirement for transfer students?

We don’t have a minimum GPA requirement, but we generally admit transfer students who are at the top 15-20% of their law school classes. In addition to 1L grades, we also consider an applicant’s: statement detailing why they’re interested in transferring to Fordham Law; resume; and letters of recommendation.

Can I apply as a transfer student if I didn’t take the LSAT?

Yes, the LSAT isn’t a requirement for transfer applications. We mainly consider an applicant’s: 1Ls grades; statement detailing why they’re interested in transferring to Fordham Lawr; resume; and letters of recommendation.

Can I transfer from a part-time JD program to Fordham Law’s part-time JD program?

Yes. If you’re currently enrolled in a part-time JD program and applying for Fordham Law’s part-time JD program, we need a full year of law school grades (fall and spring semesters) in order to make a decision. If you’re taking summer classes at your current law school, there’s no guarantee those credits will transfer over if admitted to Fordham Law. You must have approximately 22 credits to be considered for the part-time JD program. We accept a maximum of 31 credits.

Can I transfer from a part-time JD program to Fordham Law’s full-time JD program?

Yes, but you must take summer classes at your current law school in order to have enough credits for Fordham Law’s full-time JD program. We can’t make a decision until we have grades from your summer classes. You must have at least 28 credits to be considered for the full-time JD program. Since grades for summer classes are usually posted later in our transfer admissions cycle, please be aware that this would decrease your chances of admission. We usually finish transfer admissions by the beginning of August.

Can I transfer to Fordham Law’s JD program from an LLM program?

No, you cannot transfer to Fordham’s Law’s JD program from an LLM program. You would need to complete the regular application, applying to either the three-year full-time JD program or four-year part-time program. If admitted to Fordham Law’s JD program, we cannot offer advanced standing for any previous LLM credits. You do, however, need to submit your LLM transcript. 

If admitted, how long will I have to make a decision?

Admitted transfer students are given approximately two weeks before they’re asked to make a $600 deposit.

Can transfer students participate in On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)?

Transfer students can participate in certain aspects of OCI. If admitted, someone from the Career Planning Center (CPC) will be in touch about the services available to you and how you can proceed.

Can transfer students join law journals?

Yes, transfer students are invited to participate in a writing competition (generally during the first week of the fall semester) in order to be considered for one of Fordham Law’s six student-edited law journals. More information is provided at orientation in August.

Can I transfer if I’ve completed more than one year of law school?

Yes, but we accept a maximum of 31 credits so you would likely lose credits in the transfer process if admitted to Fordham Law.

Can I apply as a transfer student if I’ve only completed one semester of law school?

You can still apply to Fordham Law, but not as a transfer student. You would need to complete the regular application. In addition to the regular application requirements, you would also need to submit a letter of good standing and a transcript from your current/previous law school. If admitted, you would not be able to transfer any previous law school credits.

Can I apply as a transfer student if I attended law school multiple years ago?

Yes, as long as it was within the last five years; you would adhere to the same transfer admissions requirements. If you attended law school more than five years ago, you would need to submit the regular application. In addition to the regular application requirements, you would also need to submit a letter of good standing and a transcript from your previous law school. If admitted, you would not be able to transfer any previous law school credits if they were taken more than five years ago.

When will the Fall 2022 transfer application open?

The Fall 2022 transfer application will open on March 15, 2022. As a reminder, we cannot start reviewing an application until it is complete with a full year of law school grades and everything else that is required.

Am I eligible for admission if I was academically dismissed from another law school?

Unfortunately, no — regardless of when you were dismissed.

How do transfer students register for classes?

After submitting your deposit, someone from the Registrar’s Office will be in touch to assist with class registration.

What if the 1L classes I took at my current law school are different from Fordham Law’s 1L classes?

Many 1Ls follow very similar class schedules regardless of the law school they attend. If you took classes that don’t count toward Fordham Law’s 1L curriculum, they will likely count as electives. If you haven’t taken a course that is required as a 1L at Fordham Law, you’ll take it as a 2L.

Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?

Transfer students are not eligible for merit-based scholarships, but they can apply for need-based grants. If admitted, transfer students will receive access to a comprehensive Admitted Student Portal where they can find the need-based grant application.

If my transfer application was denied, can I ask to be reconsidered?

Unfortunately, no. All transfer decisions are final.

JD Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 4-104, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6810

Fax: 212-636-7984

Email: lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu