The transfer admission process seriously considers those applicants who have demonstrated sufficient capacity to successfully complete the program of studies, i.e. those who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher through their first year of attendance at another ABA-accredited law school. Transfer applicants must have completed at least one full year of law school (with a minimum of 22 credits) and may transfer in no more than 45 credits, or half of the 89 credits required to graduate. Students may apply with more than 45 credits but risk losing those additional credits upon matriculation at St. John's. Transfer applications are accepted to our full-time and part-time program beginning in the fall and spring semesters.
Transfer Application Checklist
Applying for transfer to the School of Law requires the following:
- A St. John's University School of Law application submitted via the LSAC website, containing a statement of the applicant's reasons for seeking transfer admission to St. John's in lieu of a traditional personal statement;
- An official transcript, sent through the LSAC's CAS or directly to the Admissions Office from the applicant's current law school; Special transcript note: Fall transfer applicants must submit a transcript that includes spring semester grades. We do not require a transcript with fall semester grades for spring transfer applicants. .
- A letter from the Dean or appropriate law school official sent directly from the applicant's current law school certifying that the applicant is in good standing at his or her current law school;
- Special letter of good standing note: For fall transfer applicants, the letter must be dated after the completion of the spring semester. For spring transfer applicants, the letter may be dated any time during the fall semester.
- An official copy of the applicant's CAS report sent by the LSAC;
- A resume, in reverse chronological order, including all employment, volunteer and extracurricular activities along with all educational institutions attended. Include an explanation for any gap of time (three months or more) not explained on your resume; and
- A minimum of 2 (maximum of 3) letters of recommendation. (Letters submitted do not need to be from current law professors.)
- There is no application fee to apply for transfer.
Special Notes: Transfer Applicants may submit an unofficial grade report and we can complete a preliminary review of your application. Applications with a decision made without a Dean’s Letter and with an unofficial transcript will be considered a conditional decision. The conditionally admitted transfer applicant must submit official documents prior to the start of classes.
Transfer Applicants to the fall semester may submit their application without spring grades and we can complete a review of your application. Applications with a decision made without spring grades will be considered a conditional decision and require that the student successfully complete the spring semester at their current law school.
Transfer Application Deadline
Transfer applications are evaluated on a rolling basis and completed applications can be considered up until the first day of the semester. We encourage you to submit your application prior to December 15 for spring admission and prior to July 15 for fall admission.
Scholarships are available to incoming transfer students. We will evaluate your application for scholarship award. Additionally, transfer students are eligible to receive Academic Achievement Awards. Historically, Academic Achievement Awards are offered to those who begin their career at St. John's with no scholarship award but who demonstrate outstanding academic performance (i.e. ranking in the top 25% or higher of their class based on their transfer equivalent rank) after their first full year at St. John's. Consideration for Academic Achievement Awards occurs each May.
Questions? Contact Christina Arno, Assistant Director of Admissions at [email protected] or 718-990-7612.