Admission with Advanced Standing (Transfer)
To apply for admission with advanced standing, you must be attending an ABA-approved school, have substantially completed the first year of law study, and be in good standing. Transfer applicants matriculate in the fall semester only; applications are not accepted for mid-year admission.
To Apply for Transfer Admissions
- Complete the application through the Law School Admissions Council’s CAS at www.lsac.org. CAS registrants can access the electronic application at no additional charge beyond the CAS fee and the law school’s application fee.
- The non refundable application fee of $50 ($60 for international applicants) is required to be paid by Credit or Debit card through the LSAC when you submit your application. By submitting the credit card payment and automatic signature, you confirm that the information on the application is true and correct.
- Transfer applications may be submitted between May 1 and July 31.
- Your current law school transcript should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. The transcript must contain at least two semesters or terms and contain grades for 24-31 credit hours.
- A letter from the appropriate office at your current law school stating that you are in good standing and are eligible to return to your current law school should be received after your grades have been posted for two semesters or terms and after 24-31 law school credits have been posted to your law school transcript. The letter of good standing should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
- A Personal Statement is required. The personal statement should be no more than two pages and no less than10 point font, single spaced, standard margins. The personal statement should describe your reasons for wanting to transfer to this law school. The attachment submitted with your online application must be submitted in Word or pdf format.
- An Optional Statement may be included with your online application if you wish the Admissions committee to know any unique skills, experiences, hardships overcome, educational or socioeconomic disadvantages or any other aspects that have not already been addressed in your application. The attachment must be in Word or pdf format and one page or less can be submitted.
- It is advisable, but not required, to have two letters of recommendation sent to our law school from law professors and/or from a person you have worked for in the legal field. The letters can be submitted through CAS or mailed directly to our law school.
- A CAS report must be received if you have not applied to our law school within the last two years.
- If you responded “yes” to any “Character and Fitness” question(s) an explanation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. You are strongly encouraged to submit these attachments electronically with your application. They must be submitted in Word or pdf format. Please be aware that you have an ongoing obligation to maintain the accuracy of these statements.
- A resume may be submitted with your online application. The document must be in Word or pdf format.
If admission is granted to the J.D. program, registration will be permitted only after the applicant has provided an official transcript showing the conferral of a baccalaureate degree. The official transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions.
Prior to registration, a student admitted with advanced standing must consult with the Law School’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs regarding credits to be transferred. The amount of credit transferred depends on the quality of the student’s record and the relationship of the course work to the program at the School of Law. A maximum of 31 hours of course credit may be transferred. Grades from transferred course credit will not be used to compute the admittee’s cumulative grade point average at the School of Law. Only courses in which the student received a grade of “C” or above are eligible for transfer. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis generally will not transfer. However, if the applicant can show that the pass/fail course is equivalent to a “C” or above, credit will be considered. If credit is not given and the courses are required for graduation, the courses must be re-taken at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The admittee must attain and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.3 at the School of Law or be subject to academic exclusion at the end of the first semester in which the student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 2.3
Questions should be directed to:
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Office of Admissions
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225
Phone: (317) 274-2459