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Transfer and Visiting Programs

Transfer Students

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 June 15, 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 mid-June. Then, decisions are made on a rolling basis. All transfer decisions are generally rendered by the first week of August.

Visiting Students

Visiting applications may be submitted in the fall and spring (note: spring admission is only available for visiting students). Fall 2021 visiting applications may be submitted between March 15, 2021 and June 15, 2021. Spring 2022 visiting applications may be submitted between October 15, 2021 and December 15, 2021. If you're interested in visiting during a summer or winter session, please contact Registrar at registrar@law.fordham or 212-636-6900 for more details. Please submit an application before submitting supporting documents. Visiting applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed Fordham Law application with the $70 application fee
  2. A complete transcript that includes all law school work. Please submit an application before submitting a transcript.
  3. A letter from the Dean of the applicant's current law school stating that the applicant is in good academic standing and eligible to continue their law studies. The letter of good standing should also include a statement setting forth the conditions under which the credits completed at Fordham Law will be accepted for transfer. 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.
  4. 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). 
  5. A statement detailing why the applicant wishes to be a visiting student at Fordham Law. This should be no longer than two double-spaced pages.

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