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UNC School of Law accepts transfer students for full time study only (at least nine credit hours).

Eligibility, Requirements & Process

Applicants must have successfully completed one year of full time study or the equivalent number of credit hours in part time study, at a law school approved by the Association of American Law Schools or the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. No more than 30 credits of work from another law school will be credited. No student will be admitted who is ineligible to return to the institution last attended.

UNC School of Law will accept up to 30 transfer credit hours. These credits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the associate dean for academic affairs who reviews the transcript, makes the determination and notifies students before they enroll what courses will be accepted for transfer credit. The criteria for transfer credit hours include that:

  1. The student must have received a grade of "C" or better in the courses at the original school
  2. The courses must either be courses that are typical first-year courses or law school courses in which an upper level student would receive credit at UNC

After enrolling, transfer students may take no more than 11 additional hours of ungraded courses at UNC.


Transfer applicants are most competitive for admission if their records indicate that they would have been eligible for acceptance as a first-year student. Transfer students should be performing superior academic work at their current law school.

Transfer candidates must submit the following:

  • Application for admission (PDF). Electronic applications (preferred) are available through LSAC.
  • $75 application fee
  • An updated CAS report, evidencing your matriculation in law school
  • A letter of good standing from the associate dean for academic affairs at your current law school; the letter of good standing should be written only once all grades for the first year have been reported
  • An official transcript, sent directly to the Office of Admissions, from your law school, reflecting law courses completed and grades received; the transcript should include all grades for the first year
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of the reason for the proposed transfer, in lieu of the personal statement (typically 1-3 pages in length)
  • A resume or comprehensive listing of experience and achievement
  • Supplemental application (available once all other materials are received and processed)


The Fall 2019 transfer application window is May 1 to June 30, 2019.

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