A student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school may apply to complete their final two years of legal education at Penn State Law. To earn a J.D. from Penn State Law, a transfer student must attend the school for at least four of the six semesters for which residence credit is claimed and earn at least 56 credits from Penn State Law. A total of 88 credits are required to earn a J.D. from Penn State Law.
The admissions committee will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's file, with a particular emphasis on law school performance. Applicants with law school grades in the top 10 percent of their class are encouraged to apply.
As part of the transfer admission process, the admissions committee and academic deans will evaluate transferable credits. A minimum grade of C is required for all credits approved for transfer to Penn State Law. Any credits earned at another law school are recorded on the student academic transcript by reference only, but no attempt is made to convert grades to Penn State Law equivalents.
How to Apply
The transfer application will open on May 1, 2018. Applicants must complete The Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law transfer application via LSAC. Be sure that you are submitting your application to "The Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Law." The school code for Penn State Law is 2202.
Transfer applicants must also submit:
- a copy of their final first-year law school transcript;
- a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member whom the applicant had as an instructor for at least one class;
- a J.D. CAS report (compiled by LSAC);
- a letter of good standing from the applicant's current law school; and
- a copy of a final transcript from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting school. (This is due prior to matriculation at Penn State Law.)
The letter of good standing and official transcript should be sent after first and second semester law school grades are recorded.
Decisions regarding transfer applications are made on a rolling basis, and it is to each applicant’s advantage to submit a transfer application and final transcripts as early as possible to take advantage of programs like the law review/law journals' write-on competitions, Moot Court competitions, and our Fall Recruitment Program. Law review and moot court competitions typically take place in June. Fall Recruitment deadlines are typically in late July.