General Transfer Student Information


Thank you for your interest in USC Gould School of Law. Transfer applications may be obtained by applying online. Application materials may be submitted no earlier than May 1, 2015, and are encouraged to be submitted by the priority deadline of June 19, 2015. We will continue to accept applications through July 10, 2015, but you are encouraged to meet our priority deadline.. For information and dates/deadlines regarding the Early Transfer Application process, please visit the "Early Decision" link.

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 must 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 Gould for credit; nor may transfer students participate in dual-degree programs. The USC Gould School of 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.
  • Course work completed during the first-year of study at an ABA-approved law school will usually be applied as transfer credit at USC Gould. Transfer students admitted to USC Gould 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 Gould during their first year as transfer students if they have not already completed these classes at their prior law schools.
  • Transfer students are eligible for most of the same myriad of opportunities that students enrolling at USC beginning their first year can take advantage of. This includes law review, moot court, clinical programs, and eligibility for Order of the Coif.

For additional information about the transfer admission process and procedures, please contact admissions at (213) 740-2523 or admissions@law.usc.edu.

Financial Aid for Transfer Students

Transfer students are not eligible for USC Gould School of Law scholarship consideration. They can apply for student loans, including federal Stafford loans, federal Plus loans, and private educational loans.

Transfer applicants interested in receiving financial aid are responsible for obtaining forms and meeting all deadlines. Please note that the financial aid filing deadlines are in February, long before the admission deadline. Applicants who miss the financial aid filing deadlines can still apply for financial aid at a later date.

For additional information about financial aid application procedures, please explore the financial aid information section of this web site, or contact our Financial Aid Office at (213) 740-6314.

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