A JD student who has completed their first year JD curriculum at a member school of the Association of American Law Schools may apply for admission with advanced standing as a JD degree candidate.
An LLM student who is currently enrolled in an LLM program at an ABA-accredited law school may apply to transfer as a JD candidate with advanced standing provided the applicant has met all of the following criteria: (1) the applicant is a graduate of a law school in a country outside the United States; (2) the applicant successfully completed JD degree coursework while enrolled in the LLM program; and (3) the law school that the applicant enrolled at for their LLM degree has a grading system for LLM students in JD courses that is comparable to the grading system for JD degree students in the course.
Transfer students are accepted on a space-available basis only. Selection of applicants is based on evidence (1) that the candidate can produce above-average work at the University of Washington School of Law and (2) the candidate will contribute to the diversity of the student body.
Transfer applications are accepted beginning May 1 through June 15.
Please note that semester-hour credits are converted to quarter-hour credits at a ratio of 1:1.5; e.g., 30 semester-hour credits will convert to 45 quarter-hour credits. For transfer students, UW Law will accept all of the credits earned during the student’s first-year program. Additional credits earned after the first-year are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but may not exceed one-third of the total credits required for graduation. Transfer students are expected to be in residence for a minimum of five quarters and 85 quarter-hour credits. These students are also eligible for graduation with honors based upon academic performance in the second and third years of law school at UW Law.
Only after receiving an offer of admission will the determination of course credits be assessed.
Interview for Admission
As part of the admission evaluation process, the admissions committee may request an interview of a prospective transfer applicant. These interviews will be conducted either in-person or online and will be 30 minutes in length.
Transfer applicants may have the opportunity to join one of the four journals through a process parallel to that in which our rising 2L students participate. Transfer applicants interested in joining one of the journals must participate in the Transfer Write-On competition and must elect to participate by June 21 at 12:00 PM.
On-Campus Interview (OCI) and Resume Collection Program
Transfer applicants who have been admitted into UW Law are invited to participate in the Fall Recruiting Program, which includes OCI and resume collection.
OCI provides students with an opportunity to meet with attorneys from local and national law firms, government agencies, and corporations. These interviews are coordinated by our Student and Career Services (SCS), beginning mid-August. Please note that the deadline to participate in OCI is July 19.
While we make every effort to render a decision by that date, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will have a decision rendered by July 19, and thus we encourage applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible.
Resume collection is for employers who are unable to visit campus for interviews, but wish to recruit students from UW Law. Application deadlines vary from late-July to November. These employers will contact students directly after their deadline has passed to schedule off-campus interviews.
Once an admitted transfer student has deposited, the admissions office will confirm receipt with SCS. Students will then be provided with details about participating in the program. We ask that students not contact SCS before they have received this confirmation from the admissions office.
UW Law provides for a selective admission process with the objective of attracting students who demonstrate the strongest prospects for high quality academic work. This selective admission process shall assure that the University's educational opportunities shall be open to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. The process of admission shall be mindful of the need for diversity in the student body and for highly-trained individuals from all segments of the population. For more information, please visit here.
Applicant Responsibility and Accuracy of Information
Applicants are under a continued obligation to notify the law school of any circumstances that occur, which may change any of the responses to their application. UW Law reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if the candidate fails to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing for work in progress, if final records fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission, or if the admission decision was based on incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading information furnished by the applicant. In addition, the law school may also report its findings to LSAC's Misconduct and Irregularities Committee.
Character and Moral Fitness
In addition to the bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or other serious crime are eligible for admission into the law school; however, because state bar associations often prohibit persons with criminal records from being admitted to the bar regardless of their degrees or training, it may be impossible for such individuals to practice in some states. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
An application is complete and ready for evaluation when the following items are received:
- $60 application fee
- Personal Statement
- Letter of Good Academic Standing
- Official Law School Transcript
- Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
- Two Letters of Recommendation
Application Item Descriptions
- Application - Applicants may submit the application through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at www.lsac.org.
- $60 application fee - The application fee will be collected when you submit your application through LSAC.
- Personal Statement -The University of Washington School of Law aspires to be the best public law school in the nation and one of the world's most respected centers for interdisciplinary legal studies. We strive to be leaders for the global common good by shaping and defending just and sustainable laws and policies through scholarly discovery, our ethical advocacy, our inspired teaching, and our generous public service.
The primary goal of the admissions process is to enroll students who strive to be leaders for the global common good; demonstrate outstanding academic, professional, and leadership promise; are committed to generous public service and ethical advocacy; and who have background and experiences that will enhance the diversity of the student body, thereby enriching the law school educational environment. As such, applicants are invited to write a personal statement that describes their potential contributions to our vibrant community. Please limit your response to 700 words.
Applicants may include the following factors in their personal statement or the optional supplemental statement: perseverance against substantial obstacles; socio or economic disadvantage; family or personal adversity; social hardships; disability; prejudice or discrimination; leadership potential; studying or living abroad; foreign language skills; special talents; unique life experiences; or geographic diversity.
- (Optional) Supplemental Statement - Applicants may supplement their personal statement by providing a statement that addresses their compelling academic or personal need to transfer to UW Law, and the objectives they hope to achieve. Please limit your response to 500 words.
- Résumé - Please provide a résumé detailing any significant vocational, non-vocational, extracurricular or community activities, volunteer work, honors, awards, any service in the Armed Forces, job descriptions and major areas of responsibility along with dates of employment (mm/yyyy) and the number of hours per week devoted to such activities, publications, or other information that you believe the University of Washington School of Law should consider in evaluating your application. Also please include details as to any foreign language proficiencies you possess, including the level of ability with regard to speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Your résumé may not exceed three (3) typewritten pages.
- Letter of Good Academic Standing - Please arrange for your Letter of Good Academic Standing to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. This letter should be prepared from your law school Registrar or Academic Dean and must (a) provide your class ranking at the end of your first year of law school instruction (if it is not provided on your law school transcript) and (b) state that you are in good academic standing and eligible to continue.
- Official Law School Transcript - Please arrange for your official law school transcript to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.
- Credential Assembly Service Report - We will request this report from LSAC upon receipt of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that LSAC has received all necessary materials to complete the CAS file. You are advised to confirm that your CAS file is complete. LSAC will not send the law school a CAS report until then.
- Two Letters of Recommendation - Two (2) Letters of Recommendation are required and should be submitted through LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service. We can only accept two Letters of Recommendation.
Letters of Recommendations can in some cases have a significant impact on the admission decision. The strongest recommendations are those submitted by a professor who knows an applicant's work well and can give a well-substantiated assessment of their academic potential. For applicants who have been out of school for some time, professional recommendations are appropriate.
Please note: all records become part of the official file. They will not be returned or duplicated.