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LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Program

USC Gould School of Law offers an LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Program to non-U.S. law school graduates who have received an LL.M. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.

USC Gould School of Law students enrolled in our LL.M. Program may apply to our J.D. Program as Transfer LL.M. students during the transfer application period in the spring semester. In addition, current LL.M. students of other ABA-accredited law schools may submit applications during the spring semester. Only a limited number of outstanding students from USC Gould and other ABA-accredited law schools will be offered admission each year.

Prospective students from USC's LL.M. Program and students from other law schools may apply for admission to the J.D. program for the year immediately following completion of their LL.M. degree. Only a limited number of outstanding students from USC Gould and other ABA-accredited law schools will be offered admission each year. Those admitted will have excellent law school records, strong letters of recommendation, proficiency in English and leadership potential. Although not required, some work or research experience in the legal field is preferred. Our program does not require the LSAT exam; however, we do require the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

USC Gould will grant up to 30 units in advanced standing credit taken as a part of their LL.M. degree studies toward the 88 unit minimum in law classes that are required for the J.D. degree. Credit for classes offered for LL.M. students only will not be transferred. Depending on the number of advanced standing units a student is able to apply toward the J.D. degree, students should expect to complete the J.D. degree requirements in five to six semesters.

Students who are planning to apply to the LL.M.-J.D. Transfer Program at USC Gould should be advised that USC imposes a limit on the number of CR/D/F units that you may elect during your LL.M. program.

  • Students may elect up to 20% of their total units to be graded on a CR/D/F or CR/NC basis.
    • For example, a student enrolled in 25 units during his or her LL.M. program can choose up to 5 units to be graded on a CR/D/F or CR/NC basis.
  • The limit does not include courses that are only graded on a CR/D/F or CR/NC basis.
    • For example, if Legal Writing is graded only CR/D/F or CR/NC, those credits would not count toward your 20% maximum.
  • Students who attend LL.M. programs that do not provide numerical grades are exempt from this requirement.
  • For students who have graduated their LL.M. program prior to 2016 and do not satisfy this requirement, please contact us to see whether you are eligible to apply.

Students admitted under our program may begin their J.D. studies only in the fall semester of the year of their admission.

Prospective students should email LL.M.@law.usc.edu or call (213) 821-5916 to request an LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Program application instruction packet if they have any questions regarding the LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Program.

Application Form

USC Gould's Electronic Application is available on LSAC's website via the link below:

If you experience technical issues with your application, please feel free to contact LSAC for assistance at: (215) 968-1315 or LL.M.info@lsac.org.

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