Applying as a Transfer Student to the JD Program

    Admission 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.

    While one standard indicator of potential for admission for transfer applicants is prior performance in law school, undergraduate records and LSAT scores are also considered in the admissions process. To be considered for transfer, Miami Law applicants are normally required to have at least a 3.00 law school GPA or to be in the top third of their class at an ABA-accredited law school. Exceptions may be made for students from highly competitive institutions.

    The usual number of acceptable transfer credits is 27 to 30. The maximum number of acceptable transfer credits is 32. Therefore, in order to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, a minimum of 56 additional credits over four full-time semesters is required. Typically, 30 credits are required for transfer; however, if fewer credits comprise the entire first-year, full-time curriculum at the applicant's school, the application will be considered. Transferring with less than two years of law study remaining is highly unusual. 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. All previously stated factors are considered in the review process. Miami Law is committed to enhancing the diversity of its student body and encourages applications from members of all minority and underrepresented groups.

    Important Application Dates and Deadlines

    Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and all supporting documentation as early as possible. Transfer applicants may enroll for spring (December 1 deadline), summer (May 1 deadline), or fall (July 31 deadline) semesters. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.

    Admission Requirements for JD Transfer Applicants

    1. Application Form
    2. Transcripts
    3. Personal Statement
    4. Résumé
    5. Class Rank and Letter of Standing
    6. Recommendation Letter

    Ways to Apply to the JD 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 applicants to work on and save an application until it is ready for electronic submission.

    2. Applying by Hard Copy

    Although applying electronically through LSAC is the preferred method, Miami Law will accept hard copy applications. Candidates who prefer to submit a paper application should email admissions@law.miami.edu.

    Transfer Admission 101

    Learn about the transfer application process and hear the answers to transfer FAQs by watching this video.

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    Cost of Attendance

    For more information about tuition and costs, please click here. Please visit our Financing Your Legal Education website for financial aid information. There are no merit-based scholarships available for transfer students.

    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 the 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 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based, and 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 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 at fbarquero@law.miami.edu. You may find additional information on the Law Review and Journals at the University of Miami webpage.

    Applying from a Miami Law LLM Program

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

    Contact Information

    If you would like to learn more about the transfer program, please connect with the Office of Admissions.

    Leslie Greenwood, JD
    Assistant Director of Admissions
    Phone: 305-284-6746
    Email: lgreenwood@law.miami.edu

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    It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on-campus or off-campus. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited.