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J.D. Admissions: Transfer & Visiting Students

The Office of Admissions welcomes transfer students each year for the J.D. program. In order to be eligible for transfer, you must be a student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Most successful transfer students are in the top half of their law school class. Our review process is holistic and considers all the information you submit, but we pay particular attention to your performance in the first year of law school.

Typically, a few students are admitted each year as visiting students after the second year of study at another law school. Students interested in visiting the University of Richmond School of Law should follow the instructions for transfer students. Additionally, the letter from the dean of the law school you are presently attending should state that your current law school is willing to accept grades earned at the University of Richmond School of Law as credit towards your degree.

Conditional Acceptance

Transfer applicants may receive a conditional acceptance by submitting an application for transfer immediately after completing the first semester of law school. Applications for conditional acceptance may be submitted as early as January 1, and must include a transcript showing first-semester grades and class rank (if available). Conditional acceptances are based on continued and consistent academic success, and applicants will be required to submit second semester grades when they are available, along with an updated transcript and class rank.

Application Requirements

Transfer applicants must comply with the general application instructions. In addition, transfer applicants should submit:

1. A letter from the dean of the law school you are presently attending, stating that you are in good standing and eligible to continue your studies there.

2. An official transcript showing your grades and class standing at the end of the first year.

If your school will permit, you may send a photocopy of your CAS report, including your undergraduate transcript(s). If you are accepted, it will be necessary for you to furnish an official transcript from your undergraduate institution showing the award of your undergraduate degree. It will also be necessary for you to submit an official transcript from the law school you are presently attending.

Summer Fellowships

Incoming transfer students working in qualifying public sector positions are eligible for funding through the School of Law's Summer Stipend Program. Qualifying public sector employment is unpaid, law-related work for a government agency, public interest organization or the judiciary. To qualify for a full stipend of $3,500, you must work full-time for at least eight weeks between May and August 2016. Detailed program guidelines are available on the Career Development Office Web site. Note that you do not need to complete an Intent to Participate form, but all other guidelines apply. If you do not enroll in the School of Law in fall 2016, you will be required to repay the summer stipend. 

You may contact the Career Development Office with questions regarding the program.

Important Policies

Your Continuing Duty to Inform Us of Changes to Your Application

Once an application for admission has been submitted, you have a continuing duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information in the application, or of any new information without which the application as previously submitted would be inaccurate or incomplete. Your duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes continues until the time you receive a final decision and, if admitted, until the time you matriculate as a student at the University of Richmond School of Law. False, misleading or incomplete answers or statements made in the application, or in any materials submitted to the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office, could constitute a basis for denial of admission, revocation of an offer of admission or denial of admission to the practice of law, and may be reported to the Law School Admission Council for investigation of misconduct in the admissions process.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The law school is committed to enforcing its policy against discriminatory admission practices based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Information about age, race and gender of applicants is needed by the school for statistical purposes only. An applicant's age or gender will have no effect on the admissions process. The school believes that an applicant's race or ethnic group is a factor that legitimately can be considered during the admissions process to promote the representation of minorities in the law school and the legal profession. Neither gender, nor age, nor race will be used in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.

You are assured both by school policy and by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that the information will be confidential and accessible only to school officials, government agencies, and others with legitimate educational interest in this information.