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Transfer Policy and Awarding of Credit

Students who are enrolled in schools that are approved by the American Bar Association may apply for admission as transfer students. We do not consider applicants from law schools that are not approved by the American Bar Association. In addition, the following general guidelines apply:

  • Applicants must be in good standing and eligible to continue at their current law school, and must have completed the entire first year of full-time study (or the equivalent of the first year if taken on a part-time basis)
  • To be eligible to apply as a transfer student, applicants should have a weighted overall average which places them in the upper 20% of their first-year class.
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree prior to the beginning the study of law. (Evidence of a bachelor's degree will be required for each student who enrolls.)
  • Advanced standing credit will not be granted for more than 30 semester units. This means that students having completed two years of law school are not eligible to apply as a transfer student; however, such students may apply to visit for the third year. Credits toward the USC J.D. may not be given for all courses taken elsewhere. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 58 units of credit at USC Law to obtain a USC J.D. Transfer students are not eligible to take courses outside of USC Law for credit; nor may transfer students participate in dual-degree programs. The USC Law grade point average will be computed only on the work taken at USC. Transfer students must meet all graduation requirements.
  • Transfer coursework is accepted on a credit only basis. This means that transfer students will not be eligible to qualify for Order of the Coif. However, transfer students remain eligible for a myriad of other programs (including OCI, Law Review, other journals and moot court, among others).
  • Course work completed during the first-year of study at an ABA-approved law school will usually be applied as transfer credit at USC Law. Transfer students admitted to USC Law will not need to repeat any required first year courses already completed at their prior law schools. Most admitted transfer students must complete Constitutional Law I and Legal Profession at USC Law during their first year as transfer students if they have not already completed these classes at their prior law school.
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