JD Admissions

Transfer (JD) Application Questions

How do I request an application?
Apply online using our electronic application. The online application for fall 2016 admission is available here.

How many credits are required to apply as a transfer candidate?
A candidate must have completed a minimum of 28 credits but no more than 33 credits (one full year) by July 1.

What are the deadlines for transfer admission?
The online application will be available beginning May 1. The application filing deadline is July 1. The deadline to submit supporting information is July 15.

Do you offer application fee waivers?
The Law School does not waive application fees for this program.

Do you require my LSAT score to be reported from LSAC/CAS?
Yes, the Law School will request a report from Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) with your LSAT score and undergraduate transcript upon processing your Transfer application. CAS subscriptions are valid for five years. Applicants will be charged by CAS for a report submission to NYU School of Law. Contact www.lsac.org for more information on CAS report requests.

What is weighted more heavily, fall or spring semester grades?
Neither is weighted more heavily than the other. The Committee will consider grades for all courses taken.

Do you require a dean's certification from my home law school?

Do you require certification from my undergraduate institution?
Yes. Applicants should submit a college questionnaire form to their undergraduate school, which should complete the form and mail it to the Committee on Admissions.

How many recommendations do I need to submit?
Applicants are not required to submit a recommendation, but may do so if they wish.

How long should my personal statement be?
Applicants should submit a one-page personal statement on a subject of their choice.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
Applicants usually receive decisions within four weeks after the completion of their applications (a complete application includes an application form, application fee, a law school transcript with both fall and spring semester grades, an undergraduate transcript, a CAS report, a law school certification, a college questionnaire and a personal statement). All decisions are made by mid-August.

Am I eligible to apply for or participate in financial aid, scholarships, on-campus housing, Law Review/Journals, or Early Interview Week?
Transfer applicants offered admission to the Law School are eligible to apply for housing, and those enrolling at NYU School of Law may participate in Early Interview Week and may apply to participate in Law Review/Journals. Transfer applicants are not eligible for scholarships or need-based financial aid grants.

I have previously applied to the Law School's JD Program. May I use my previously submitted application materials to support my transfer application?
No. Even if you have previously applied to NYU School of Law, you must submit an entirely new application and submit all required supporting material anew as well.

Are transfer students eligible for Order of the Coif? 
In order to be eligible for membership in the Order of the Coif, a graduating student must have completed at least 75% of his or her law studies in graded courses at NYU School of Law.  4-semester JD students are eligible for Order of Coif. Transfer students coursework completed for a grade in the first year of law school and transferred towards the NYU School of Law JD degree will count as completed graded credits for calculating the required 75%, however, the grades earned in the first year will not be considered. The number of students eligible to be in the top 10% of the class is computed based on the entire class, including 4-semester JDs. Ten percent of the number of 4-semester JDs are calculated, and that number is the maximum of 4-semester JDs eligible for Coif from among the top 10% of the entire class.