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, 2019. 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:
- an LSAC CAS report reflecting all undergraduate, graduate, and law transcripts, including a final first-year J.D. transcript and a final undergraduate transcript showing the conferral of the undergraduate degree;
- two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a law school faculty member who taught the applicant in at least one class; and
- a letter of good standing from the applicant's current law school.
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 our Fall Recruitment Program. Fall Recruitment deadlines are typically in late July. Earlier applicants are also better able to take advantage of the Penn State Law scholarly journals participation opportunity.