Transfer Admissions


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.

Application Deadline

Applications for transfer are accepted beginning May 1 through June 15.

Academic Credit

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.

Federal Financial Aid

All applicants interested in receiving federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15.  The University of Washington-Seattle federal code is #003798.  Students who are interested in applying to scholarships are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA.  For additional information, including eligibility, please visit  Applicants may also contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) at or (206) 543-6101.

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.

Journal Membership

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 employers.

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.

Registration Information

Upon receiving an offer of admission into UW Law, students are required to map their curricular options with the Senior Associate Dean for Students.

Withdrawal of Admission

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 or inaccurate information furnished by the applicant. 

Washington State Residency

The Registrar's Office administers residence classification for the University of Washington. When requesting a change in residence status, applicants must obtain, complete, and submit a Residence Questionnaire to the Residence Classification Office at or (206) 543-5932. To be classified or reclassified as a Washington State resident, for tuition and fee purposes, students must establish a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington primarily for purposes other than education for the period of one year immediately prior to classification as residents.

Please note that applicants who are Washington residents and have been out of Washington to attend an out-of-state college or university, must still submit a completed Residence Questionnaire to the Residence Classification Office.  For additional information, please visit:

Criminal Convictions

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or other serious crime are still eligible for admission to the University of Washington 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. Persons who have been arrested or convicted for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the bar association in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice, before applying to law school.

Character and Moral Fitness

Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness, and other qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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