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.

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  • Timeline

    Visiting Applicant Timeline

    September 1, 2021
    Visiting applicants may apply for the 2021-2022 academic year. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis depending on the semester for which you are applying. Early application is encouraged.

    Transfer Applicant Timeline

    January 1, 2022 
    Transfer applicants may receive a conditional acceptance by submitting an application for transfer immediately after completing the first semester of law school. Applications 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.

    May 1, 2022 
    Non-conditional transfer applicants may apply. Decisions will not be released until the second semester grades are submitted. You may begin your application before this time and submit required documents as they are available.

  • Requirements

    Application

    The application must be completed in full, with all required and any relevant optional questions answered. All applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

    Transcripts

    After you register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), you must have a transcript sent to LSAC from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended. This includes dual credit in high school, college-level summer school, transfer credit, etc. This must also include an official transcript showing your grades and class standing at the end of the first year.

    Letter of Good Standing

    The dean of the law school you are presently attending must send a letter to the Richmond Law Admissions Office stating that you are in good standing and eligible to continue your studies there.

    Résumé

    The résumé may be of any length and should provide chronological information about your academic background, work experiences, extracurricular or charitable activities, and accomplishments.

    Personal Statement

    The personal statement should be approximately two pages in length and can address any topic you deem relevant. We encourage you to provide information about yourself not otherwise found in your application. We do not recommend explaining any legal or educational issues associated with your application here. If needed, please address these issues in an addendum. We do encourage addressing why you wish to transfer or visit.

    Addendum

    An addendum must be submitted to address any legal, character and fitness, or educational issues associated with your application. If there are multiple issues, each should be addressed in its own addendum. There is no required format.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants should use the Letter of Recommendation Service offered through CAS. Although none are required, we strongly encourage two letters of recommendation for Transfer applicants.

    Other Statements

    Richmond Law considers whether a student comes from an underprivileged socioeconomic  profession. We encourage any additional statements you wish to provide.

    TOEFL Waiver for International Applicants

    International applicants are expected to demonstrate fluency in the English language. Candidates for whom their native language is not English are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. All scores must be submitted through LSAC, paper copies of scores are not accepted.

    International applicants who believe they are fluent in English or have completed their undergraduate (or other advanced degrees) at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English; may request a waiver of the English language testing requirement. Applicants must submit a written statement indicating their level of proficiency and how they achieved it, i.e. either through school instruction or work experience in an English-speaking professional job.

  • 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 $4,000, you must work full-time for at least eight weeks between May and August. 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 the fall, you will be required to repay the summer stipend. 

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

  • 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 a legitimate educational interest in this information.