Who May Apply
Am I eligible to apply to transfer to Georgetown Law?
Applicants may only apply if, by the time they matriculate, they will have taken only two semesters worth of classes. In rare circumstances, applicants who have completed 3 part-time semesters by the time they will matriculate, may apply.
Georgetown Law will only accept transfer applications from those who will have completed their first year of study at the time of matriculation into Georgetown Law. Applicants who will have earned in excess of 35 credits by the time of matriculation into Georgetown Law are not eligible to apply as a transfer student. Students who will have earned 36 credit hours or more at the time of matriculation into Georgetown Law are eligible to apply as a Visiting Student.
Please be advised that the Law Center will accept for transfer a maximum of 31 semester hours of academic credit from an ABA-approved law school. Credit is not usually granted for law school courses beyond the first year. For more information about academic requirements for transfer students please review the Georgetown Law Student Handbook.
May part-time students apply to transfer into the full-time program?
Yes, and vice versa. Transfer applicants can apply to the full-time or part-time program (or both). If a part-time student is admitted to the full-time program, they work with the Office of the Registrar and J.D. Academic Services to determine how to get on track with the rest of the full-time program (summer courses, extra credits/semester, etc.).
May I apply to transfer through the Early Action program based upon my fall grades alone?
Yes. However, the Admissions Committee will not consider an application for admission until an applicant has 3 reported grades on his or her transcript from an ABA-accredited law school. Unofficial mid-term grades will not be considered.
May I apply for transfer admissions for the Spring semester if I will only have one semester at a prior law school?
No. Transfer applicants must have one prior year (two semesters full-time or part-time) at an ABA-accredited law school at the time of their matriculation to Georgetown Law. The Spring transfer admission process is primarily designed for those students who began their law school career in the Spring.
May I apply for Spring admission after completing three semesters of law school?
Typically, only students who initially entered law school in the Spring of the prior year may apply for Spring admission.
Applicants who will have earned in excess of 35 credits by the time of matriculation into Georgetown Law are not eligible to apply as a transfer student. Our Registrar will only accept up to 31 credit hours of transfer. Although we will only accept up to 31 credits for transfer, we do allow that students who will have earned in excess of 31 credits, up to 35 credits by the time they would matriculate, are still eligible to apply. We understand that transfer students often participate in internships for credit over their 1L/1E summer, sometimes putting them over the 31 credit transfer-in limit. Georgetown will not accept transfer credits earned from internships; consequently, admitted transfer students who have more than 31, but less than 35, credits are typically only forfeiting about 3 credits that would not have been transferable in any event.
Part-time students who will have 35 credit hours or less at the conclusion of their third semester are eligible to apply for Spring admission. However, we typically advise applicants that Spring admission is rare and is typically reserved for students who began their law school career in the Spring of the prior year.
Students who will have earned 36 credit hours or more by the time of matriculation into Georgetown Law are eligible to apply as a Visiting Student.
May LL.M. students apply to transfer to the J.D. program?
No, Georgetown Law does not provide for the transfer of students from the LL.M. Program to the J.D. Program. Rather, Georgetown Law allows foreign-educated students, who have earned their LL.M. at Georgetown and who satisfy all the requirements for and are accepted to the J.D. program, to transfer up to 12 credits from their LL.M. Program to the J.D. Program, subject to the approval of the J.D. Associate Dean or a delegate. Those credits would apply to upper-class courses only and the standard first-year curriculum would have to be taken.
May international students apply to transfer?
International applicants cannot transfer in. Transfer applicants must come from another ABA-accredited law school and must have taken the LSAT. International applicants may apply to our first-year J.D. program.