Academics & Student Life

What measures are taken to assist admitted transfer students with a smooth transition into the Georgetown Law community?

The Transfer Student Peer Mentor Program provides support and resources for new J.D. transfer students. Transfer Student Peer Mentors are third or fourth-year J.D. students who have transferred to Georgetown Law in a previous year and assist incoming transfer students as they make the transition to Georgetown Law. The program is intended to help incoming J.D. transfer students make the most of the many opportunities available at the Law Center, while simultaneously fostering community and camaraderie among transfer students as well as throughout the Law Center.

  • There is a specific orientation program for transfer students.
  • Admitted transfer students have access to the Admitted Student Web site, where all relevant transfer information is posted.
  • Transfers students are eligible for Law Review and Fall Recruitment, just as rising 2Ls who originated at Georgetown Law.
  • Transfer students are able to compete for the Moot Court, ADR, and Trial Advocacy (Mock Trial) teams.

How many credits will transfer?

After evaluation of your law school transcript by our Registrar's office, up to 31 credits may be transferred.

Does my GPA transfer? Are transfer students eligible for graduation honors?

Transfer students do not carry over their GPA from their prior law school.

Students who transfer to Georgetown Law after their first year of law school are only eligible for cum laude and magna cum laude graduation honors, which is based solely on grades earned at the Law Center. (To be eligible for consideration for the award of summa cum laude, a graduate must have completed at least 71 credits at the Law Center; to be eligible for consideration for Order of the Coif, a graduate must have completed at least 64 graded academic credits at the Law Center).

May transfer students participate in Early Interview Week (EIW) and other Fall recruitment programs?

Yes, transfer students can participate in Early Interview Week, which takes place in August, as well as other Fall Recruitment opportunities.For those interested in EIW, we encourage you to apply under Early Action to ensure ample timing for participation in EIW. The Office of Career Services will try to accommodate students who are admitted after the regular deadlines. Transfer students who are admitted in August may receive EIW schedules, though their options may be more limited.

May transfer students participate in a journal?

Yes. Transfer students may participate in the Write On Competition. The deadlines are different for transfer students and the number of spots reserved for transfer students varies by journal (all journals reserve spots for transfer students). We do not provide statistics for the number of transfer students who were placed on the journals.

For more detailed information and a list of FAQs, please see the Write On website at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/law-journals/writeon/TransferWriteOnInfo.cfm.

To participate in the competition this year, the packet must be purchased between May 26th and July 5th:

- Students who are admitted by the July 5th purchasing packet deadline must compete in this year's competition and will not be able to compete in next year's competition.

- If you do not purchase the packet and are admitted after this year's purchasing deadline of July 5, 2017, you will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Transfer Write On Competition.

- If you have yet to be admitted, you may participate in this year's Write On Competition. Interested students who have not yet been admitted should send an e-mail to writeon@law.georgetown.edu. Please note, though, that any transfer student who participates in this year's Write On, but is not admitted by July 31, 2017, will be dropped from the competition and may not compete the following year.

May transfer students compete to join the Moot Court team?

Transfer students have an opportunity to participate in the Leahy Competition during late September/early October of their 2L year. Participants who advance far enough in the competition are invited to join our Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team. For more information, please visit http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/activities-organizations/barristers-council/competitions.cfm.

May transfer students compete to join the Trial Advocacy (Mock Trial) team?

Transfer students have an opportunity to participate in the Greenhalgh Competition during the spring of their 2L year. Participants who advance far enough in the competition are invited to join our Trial Advocacy team. For more information, please visit http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/activities-organizations/barristers-council/exec-committee.cfm.

May transfer students compete to join the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) team?

To qualify for the ADR division, students must participate in the Arbitration Competition (held in the fall) and the Intraschool Negotiation Competition (held in the spring). The Arbitration Competition is open to upper-class students. In the Negotiation Competition, students demonstrate their skillful handling of a legal negotiation in settlement discussions with their peers. Competitors who advance to the final rounds of these competitions are invited to join the Barrister's Council and to represent Georgetown Law on one of its interscholastic ADR teams. For more information, please visit http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/activities-organizations/barristers-council/alumni-professionals-info.cfm.

May transfer students participate in a clinic?

A transfer student may enroll in a clinic after s/he has matriculated at Georgetown. Please note that students in six of our seventeen clinics practice before the courts and other tribunals of D.C. and, therefore, must meet the requirements of the D.C. student practice rule. This rule requires the completion of 41 credit hours before the beginning of the semester in which the students are enrolled in a clinic, including courses in Civil Procedure, Criminal Justice, and Evidence. Students who have not taken Georgetown's required first year courses might not have these prerequisites, as a Criminal Law course taken at the student's former school generally will not fulfill the Criminal Procedure prerequisite.

The two-credit Criminal Procedure course for transfer students is generally only offered once a year, so students interested in enrolling in clinics requiring D.C. Bar certification must take this course during the year prior to the year they wish to enroll in the clinic. Please note that transfer students who want to take Criminal Procedure must take the two-credit Criminal Procedure course and will not be allowed to take the Law Center's first-year curriculum course, Criminal Justice, in lieu of Criminal Procedure.

May transfer students pursue a joint degree?

Typically, transfer J.D. students do not complete joint degree programs.  In order to graduate from Georgetown Law, you must complete 85 credits total (54 of which must be at the Law Center).  The maximum number of credits that our Registrar's Office will transfer from any other institution is 31 credit hours.  GU-Main Campus is considered another institution.  Thus, the accelerated nature offered by most of our joint degree programs is unavailable for transfer students, since they are at or almost at the maximum number of credits that can be transferred in (i.e., the overlap or cross-transfer of credit requirements between the two programs is not possible due to the 31 transfer-in credit amount restriction). 

Transfer students who wish to pursue two degrees must be mindful of how many semesters their non-J.D. degree studies will take them away from the Law Center.  Students in the full-time program are expected to graduate at the end of three academic years and may take no longer than five consecutive calendar years from the date of matriculation in law school (for transfer students, this would be when they matriculated into their prior law school and started their 1L/1E year) to meet all J.D. degree requirements.  If after five consecutive calendar years a student has not yet completed all academic requirements necessary to graduate, the student will be withdrawn from the Law Center with no possibility of readmission or graduation, unless excused by grant of a waiver from the Registrar. 

Likewise, students in the part-time program are expected to graduate within four academic years of matriculation and may take no longer than six consecutive calendar years from the date of matriculation in law school to meet all J.D. degree requirements.  If after six consecutive calendar years a student has not completed all degree requirements necessary to graduate, the student will be withdrawn from the Law Center with no possibility of readmission or graduation, unless excused by grant of a waiver from the Registrar.

May transfer students admitted under the Early Action process enroll in Summer courses?

If you are admitted under the Early Action process, your offer of admission is for Fall matriculation. If you wish to take summer courses, you must remain enrolled at your current law school and obtain their permission to attend as a visiting student during the Summer semester and you would enroll as a non-degree J.D. student through the Registrar's office. You will need to submit the online application for the non-degree J.D. program (available at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-services/registrar/course-registration/non-degree-program-for-visiting-J.D.-students.cfm) when it is available to let the Registrar know which course(s) you wish to enroll in. Our Registrar's office will update the J.D. non-degree page for the Summer in late March and the application fee will be waived for admitted transfer students. 

The Registrar's office would count your non-degree Summer courses and credits to your Georgetown J.D. degree, and the grades would be calculated in your cumulative GPA. Admitted transfer students are not able to enroll in any Summer courses until after our current students have registered (just before classes begin in mid-May). Admitted transfer students are then able to enroll in any course a J.D. student can enroll in on a space available basis.

May transfer students admitted under the Early Action process enroll in the London Summer Program?

Yes. The summer program is a great opportunity for transfer students to meet Georgetown faculty and students in advance of their matriculation at Georgetown in the fall. Also, once a transfer student enrolls at Georgetown Law in the fall, credits earned through the summer program will be applied toward the Georgetown J.D. degree and grades received will be factored into the Georgetown Law GPA. Information about the program is provided below and additional details about the application process are available on the London Summer Program website. Questions regarding the program should be directed to the Office of Transnational Programs at transnational@law.georgetown.edu.