Application & Admissions Process
When should I apply?
Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early. Especially for the Regular Action cycle, we recommend submitting all available application materials as soon as possible, even if you are waiting for your law transcript. Submitting your Regular Action application early and then submitting your law transcript after all of your first-year grades are available will allow our office to complete your application file more quickly. Because we have a rolling admissions system, it is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible in the application cycle. For more information on when we begin accepting applications, please visit our Application Deadlines page.
Can I apply online?
Yes. It is strongly advised that applicants apply online via the LSAC electronic application. Please be aware that LSAC needs time to process materials once received at their offices, so applicants should send their material to LSAC well in advance of application deadlines. Please note that you must have your law school's registrar send your Transfer Certification Form (or letter of good standing) directly to our office.
May I apply for both the full-time and part-time programs?
Yes. Transfer candidates may apply to be considered for the full-time program, part-time program, or Both. Applying to "Both" divisions signifies to the Admissions Committee that you are equally willing to attend either the full-time or part-time program if offered admission to Georgetown Law. If the Admissions Committee approves your application, it will specify in your acceptance letter the division to which you have been admitted.
When are the application deadlines?
- November 1: Regular Action Transfer Deadline for Spring 2016
- March 15: Early Action Transfer Deadline for Fall 2016
- June 15: Regular Action Transfer Deadline for Fall 2016
May I apply without my most recent semester grades?
Yes. We recommend submitting all available application materials as soon as possible, even if you are waiting for your law transcript. Submitting your application early and then submitting your law transcript when it is available will allow our office to complete your application file more quickly. Because we have a rolling admissions system, it is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible in the application cycle.
Should I apply under Early Action or Regular Action?
The Early Action application process is designed to allow transfer applicants to apply as early in the process as possible, putting them ahead time-wise of the growing applicant pool. However, given the timing of the application process, Early Action transfer applications will only have their first semester of grades to provide to the Admission Committee. Therefore, applicants who are successful during the Early Action process usually have particularly strong first semester grades. An applicant must have at least 3 reported grades on their first semester transcript to apply Early Action. Note: Early Action applicants can be admitted, denied, or deferred to the Regular Action pool.
The Regular Action process is for applicants who feel their grades will improve from their first semester of law school to their second semester. Though they may be at a slight disadvantage in terms of time (being behind the group of Early Action applicants), the full-year transcript may be a better representation of law school ability.
How many grades do I need in order to apply under Early Action?
Applicants must have at least three reported grades to apply under Early Action. Mid-term grades that are not reported on a transcript will not meet this requirement.
Will you accept a copy of my CAS Report from my current law school?
No. Your CAS Report must be sent to us directly from LSAC.
May I submit an LSAC Evaluation Form in lieu of a traditional letter of recommendation?
Should I re-take the LSAT?
We would not recommend re-taking the LSAT. The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach when reviewing files, but the LSAT is not given as much weight as actual academic performance at your law school.
Do you offer fee waivers for transfer applications?
No, we do not allow fee waivers for transfer applications.
When will I know the decision?
Early Action: If your Early Action application is complete with all required documentation by March 15th (see application requirements), a decision will be communicated to you by the end of April or early May.
Regular Action: All files are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis; therefore, we encourage applicants to complete their files as quickly as possible.
How competitive is the transfer process?
Last year we received over 500 applications for Fall 2014 transfer. Competitive applicants are typically in the top 15% of their class with an A-/B+ average.
How are transfer applications evaluated?
The Admissions Committee takes into consideration a number of factors in evaluating whether a candidate would be suitable for transfer admission. These factors include whether the person is likely to succeed at Georgetown, would benefit from a legal education here, and could contribute to the Georgetown legal community. In making such determinations, the Committee focuses on a number of criteria and does not use numerical cut-offs. However, competitive students are typically in the top 15% of their class with an A-/B+ average. In addition to examining the applicant's law school academic performance, the Committee also considers the personal statement, letters of recommendations/evaluations, extracurricular activities, contributions to the community, and professional experience.
Does Georgetown Law offer interview opportunities to transfer applicants?
No, we are unable to provide interview opportunities for transfer applicants.
Does Georgetown Law offer scholarships to transfer students?
No, we do not offer merit-based scholarships to incoming transfer students through the Office of Admissions. The Office of Financial Aid keeps a list of outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. We encourage you to look at their list to see if there are any outside scholarships to which you can apply (https://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions-financial-aid/office-of-financial-aid/resources/upload/Outside-Scholarship-2012-update.pdf). Also, please keep in mind that scholarships are just one part of what should be an overall approach to financing your Georgetown education. We strongly encourage you to apply for need-based assistance through the Financial Aid Office (https://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions-financial-aid/office-of-financial-aid/) and to research other options for funding.
If I apply under Early Action and I am denied admission, can I apply again under Regular Action?
If you apply under Early Action, there are several decisions that you could receive: Admit, Defer, or Deny. If you are denied admission, you will not be reconsidered under Regular Decision with additional grades (and you cannot submit a new application). If you receive a deferral to Regular Action, the Committee will reconsider your file again after receipt of your Spring semester grades.
How can I arrange a visit to the campus?
Visitations are handled by an Admissions staff member on a walk-in basis during our business hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note that our office will be closed on the holidays listed at http://benefits.georgetown.edu/other/holidays/. In addition to meeting with someone from the Admissions office to answer any questions you may have, we also offer a visitor pass for self-guided tours of the campus.
We are located on the 5th floor of McDonough Hall in Room 589.