Applicant Eligibility

Transfer applicants must have completed one year at an ABA-approved or state accredited law school and be in good academic standing.  The decision on a transfer application will be based on a review of the transfer applicant’s entire file, including the LSDAS report, grades earned in law school, letters of recommendation, and reasons for transferring.  A decision to admit a transfer applicant is conditional, pending receipt of an official transcript and a letter of good standing from the applicant’s current law school.  An admitted transfer applicant must agree to all terms and conditions of admission (including those pertaining to which credits will transfer).

Application Requirements

  • Updated CAS report
  • Personal statement indicating reasons for transfer
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from previously attended law school(s)
  • Course syllabi for courses for which transfer credit is sought
  • Letter of good academic standing

Application Deadlines:

Fall: July 1st

Transfer Credit Policies

A maximum of 29 units of credit can be transferred from state accredited law schools, and a maximum of 44 units of credit from ABA approved law schools. The number of units of credit approved for transfer within those maximum limits will depend on an evaluation of course equivalency and La Verne Law’s curricular requirements.

At the time of admission, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine which curricular requirements at La Verne Law have been satisfied by credits earned at the applicant’s prior law school by comparing course coverage and credit hours at La Verne Law and the applicant’s prior law school. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will also determine at the same time the total number of units for which transfer credit will be allowed, within the above stated maximums. No credit will be given for work in which the student received a grade lower than the minimum average required for graduation at the school at which credit was earned. While those units of credit approved for transfer will count toward hours required for graduation, the grades earned will not be factored into a student’s grade point average.

La Verne Law’s legal writing program is a three-semester program that includes required course work in the first, second, and fourth semesters of study. The work assigned in the last two semesters builds on foundations created in the preceding semester or semesters. As a result, transfer credit is generally not given for legal writing courses taken at another law school.

Transfer Credit for Current La Verne Law Students Who Wish to Take Courses at Another Law School

  1. The College of Law will accept up to a maximum of six hours of credit for coursework completed at another law school toward the number of units required for the Juris Doctor degree, provided that the following conditions are met:
    • a. Coursework must be completed at a law school approved by the ABA;
    • b. The student must obtain advanced written permission from the Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to enroll in such course. Normally, approval to enroll in such a course will be given only when the course is not offered by the College of Law;
    • c. The student must earn a grade in the course equivalent to the minimum average required for graduation from the law school at which the course was taken or the equivalent of a C, whichever is higher;
    • d. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 at the College of Law to enroll in a course at another law school;
    • c. In the case of summer study abroad credits, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 at the College of Law, and the maximum number of units transferrable in any one summer is 4 units.
  2. In the case of extraordinary circumstances, the Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may approve a petition of a student requesting permission to enroll in and complete coursework at another law school exceeding six hours of credit and transfer such credit to the College of Law toward completion of the Juris Doctor degree, provided that the following conditions are met:
    • a. Coursework must be completed at a law school approved by the ABA;
    • b. The student must obtain advanced written permission from the Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to enroll in such courses.  The following are examples of circumstances that might be considered extraordinary circumstances:
      • i.  Student or a member of student’s immediate family has a serious health condition that requires the care of a specialist not available in the area;
      • ii.  A close relative of student living outside of the area has a serious health condition requiring student to relocate to care for the relative;
      • iii. Student or student’s spouse has a job change outside of the area;
      • iv.  For part-time students only, student’s employer has transferred the student to a position outside the area requiring the student to relocate;
      • v. Student is involved in a custody dispute in another state that requires student’s presence for an extended period.
    • c. Under no circumstances will the College of Law approve or accept more than 30 hours of credit for coursework taken at another law school, even if student’s request is based on extraordinary circumstances.  The 30 credit hour limit includes the six hours of transfer credit allowed in paragraph 1, above.
  3. When the College of Law accepts credit for coursework completed at another law school, the credit shall count toward unit requirements but shall not be computed into a student’s GPA.
  4. For the purpose of enforcing the limits on credits accepted for coursework completed at another law school, credits accepted in connection with a student’s admittance to the College of Law as a transfer student with advanced standing shall not count.