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.Please note, we know many law schools have converted to a pass fail grading system for the Spring 2020 term. You are still eligible to apply. The Admissions Committee will evaluate your application and take into consideration the cumulative law school GPA which includes the strength of your first semester grades as well as your LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, graduate work, work experience, etc. In addition, you may apply after your first year of law school (for fall 2020) or after the fall semester of your 2L year (for Spring 2021).
Applying for transfer to the School of Law requires the following:
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 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.
Admitted transfer students will be notified of the number of credits that St. John's will accept for transfer in their acceptance letter. Admission with advanced standing is subject to conditions the faculty may impose. Differences in programs and courses, as well as scheduling difficulties, may result in the loss of some credit, although most applicants find that the vast majority or all of their credits transfer seamlessly, provided they have earned grades of C or higher.
Transfer students entering in the fall or spring semester may participate in a transfer writing competition to apply for invitation to any of St. John's journals. The transfer writing competition typically takes place in early August, so those transferring in the spring must wait until August to participate.
Transfer students entering in the fall or spring semester are eligible to participate in the Dispute Resolution Society's "boot camp" in August, from which several members may be selected.
Transfer students entering in the fall or spring semester are eligible to participate in the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute ("PTAI") mock trial teams and trial skills boot camp. No tryout is necessary to participate in PTAI's internal trial team, and to be a part of the external trial team, transfer students may try out in early fall. The week before classes begin in August, transfer students may take advantage of PTAI's summer trial skills boot camp free of charge to help prepare for PTAI external team tryouts.
Further details will be provided to transfer students upon admission transfer students regarding co-curricular eligibility.
Transfer students are eligible to participate in the Office of Career Development's fall recruitment programs, beginning in mid-August. Admitted transfer students will receive information about Career Development in their acceptance letter.
The LL.M./J.D. program allows for a select group of St. John’s LL.M. graduates to continue on to receive the J.D. degree, with the LL.M. year counting as free electives towards the J.D. A full-time student in the program completes both degrees in a total of three years. (The LL.M. is awarded after the first year; the conferral of the J.D. degree occurs two years after that, once the student has completed all of the requirements of the J.D. program.) The program provides students with a deeper understanding of American law and opens up the option of taking the bar exam in any U.S. state.
Students who participate are transfer students and are not required to take the LSAT or GRE.
More Details and Checklist (PDF)
The Fall 2020 LL.M./J.D. Transfer Application is available here.