Information for Transfer Students to the J.D. Program

    Straight From a Student: Why Transfer to Miami Law?

    Admissions Standards

    Miami Law welcomes and encourages applications from students who have compiled strong records at other American Bar Association-approved law schools and wish to transfer. Applications are reviewed as soon as all required documents have been received. To be considered for transfer, Miami Law applicants are normally required to have a law school grade point average of at least 3.00, or to be in the top third of their class at an ABA-accredited law school. The maximum number of acceptable transfer credits is 32; therefore, in order to earn the Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a minimum of 56 additional credits over four full-time semesters is required. While there is no part-time program offered at Miami Law, competitive transfer applicants from part-time programs who have completed the entire first-year part-time curriculum at their home school may be considered for transfer into the full-time division.

    Important Application Dates & Deadlines

    Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and all supporting documentation as early as possible. The application filing deadline for transfer students is July 31 for the Fall semester, January 15 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.

    Admission Requirements for J.D. Transfer Applicants

    1. Application Form
    2. Application Fee
    3. Transcripts
    4. Personal Statement
    5. Résumé
    6. Class Rank and Letter of Standing
    7. Recommendation Letter
    8. Character and Fitness
    9. English Language Proficiency Test

    For more information about the J.D. transfer application process, please login to your LSAC.org here.

    Ways to Apply to the J.D. Transfer Program

    1. Applying Electronically (Preferred Method)

    Miami Law's electronic application is available as part of an applicant’s LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) registration and is a very convenient way to apply. All applicants are required to register for CAS. This easy and efficient option allows individuals to work on and save an application until it is ready for electronic submission. LSAC's secure technology ensures that personal information remains encrypted as it is transported across the Internet and can be referred to at an applicant’s convenience through an individual’s LSAC account.

    2. Applying by Hard Copy

    Though the preferred method of application is electronically through the LSAC service, if a student prefers to mail in a hard copy of the application form, that is acceptable. If you require a paper copy of the application, please email admissions@law.miami.edu. Please note that the LSAC Credential Assembly Service is still required for the submission of supporting documents.

    Cost of Attendance

    The cost per law credit for the 2020-2021 academic year is $1,955. For more information about tuition and costs, please click here.

    English Language Proficiency Test

    Applicants whose native language is not English, and whose undergraduate education is from outside the U.S., are required to submit results of an English language proficiency test. Miami Law will accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum required TOEFL score for admission is 92 internet-based. The minimum required IELTS score for admission is 7.0. LSAC's institutional code to report the TOEFL score is 8395. No institutional code is needed for the IELTS. Scores from either test will be included in the authentication and evaluation feature of the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report.

    Law Review and Moot Court Board

    Although transfer students are not automatically eligible for membership on a law school review or moot court board on the basis of class rank at another law school transfer students may still be able to participate in these activities at Miami Law. Any transfer student interested in gaining candidacy onto law review should contact Farah Barquero (fbarquero@law.miami.edu). You may find additional information in the Law Review and Journals at the University of Miami.

    Applying from a Miami Law LL.M. Program

    Current University of Miami School of Law students have the option to apply to the joint J.D./LL.M. program in International Arbitration, U.S. & Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers, Maritime Law, and other LL.M. programs