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 also 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.
Applications for transfer 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 PST.
Fall Recruiting Program
Transfer applicants who have been admitted into UW Law are invited to participate in the Fall Recruiting Program, which includes On-Campus Interview (OCI) and resume collection.
On-Campus Interviews (OCI): OCI provide students an opportunity to meet with attorneys from local and national law firms, government agencies, and corporations. These interviews are coordinated by the Center for Student and Career Services (SCS) at the law school, beginning in 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: 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.
To participate: Once an admitted transfer student has deposited, the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid will confirm this 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 Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.
The University of Washington and School of 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 School of Law of any circumstances that occur, which may change any of the responses to their application. The School of 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 School of Law 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 School of Law; 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.