S.J. Quinney College of Law

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Visiting & Transfer Students

Visiting J.D. Applicants

Law students who seek academic credit at the University of Utah for transfer to another ABA-approved law school must apply as visiting students. A visiting student may enter in either fall or spring semester for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two semesters. A visiting student must be in good standing at an ABA-approved law school. Visiting status cannot be converted to transfer status. The file completion deadline is 35 days before the beginning of the semester of intended enrollment. It is the candidate’s responsibilty to make sure the application file is complete. To view our Academic Calendar, please click here.

Visiting Applicant Checklist

Visiting student applicants are required to submit their applications through the LSAC electronic application service. The Admission Committee will not consider your file complete until the following have been received and processed:

  • Completed and digitally signed application form for the J.D. program as a visiting student, submitted online through www.LSAC.org. (applications will be available in May)
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Resume (submitted along with your J.D. application).
  • Personal statement outlining the reasons for seeking visiting status (submitted along with your J.D. application).
  • Official CAS report from LSAC, including undergraduate transcript showing bachelor’s degree was conferred.
  • Official law school transcript with most recent semester’s grades posted.
  • One letter of recommendation from a law school source, sent directly to the College of Law or by using LSAC’s LOR service. If sent directly to the College of Law, the Letter of Recommendation form must accompany the letter. The form can be found at the end of the Application Instructions brochure.
  • Letter of good standing from current law school that includes class rank after the most recent semester’s grades have been posted, or a statement that the school does not rank students.

Transfer J.D. Applicants

Students wishing to transfer from another law school for the purpose of obtaining a law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • be a student in good standing at an ABA-approved law school
  • have completed the first-year, full-time curriculum without having begun the second year
  • have an exceptional law school academic record, and
  • possess qualities that would add significantly to the educational experience of Utah law students.

The College of Law reserves the right to refuse credit for any course work completed at another law school and does not accept more than 30 hours of transfer credit. The file completion deadline is July 15. It is the candidate’s responsibilty to make sure the application file is complete.

A transfer applicant may participate in the Utah Law Review write-on competition held for 1L students after spring semester finals. Transfer students will follow the same rules and will be afforded the same accommodations as current 1L students participating in the competition. Since the transfer student write-on practice was instituted, a number of transfer students have successfully earned membership on Law Review. In 2011, for example, three transfer students were selected. Furthermore, two of these transfer students were recently elected to executive editor positions.  Participation in the competition does not affect the transfer admission decision in any way. The Utah Law Review will, however, inform the admissions office whenever a prospective transfer student’s submission is sufficient to earn membership. To receive a write-on competition packet you must email your request to reyes.aguilar@law.utah.edu by 5:00 p.m., May 2, 2014.

 

Transfer Applicant Checklist

Transfer applicants are required to submit their applications through the LSAC electronic application service. The Admission Committee will not consider your file complete until the following have been received and processed:

  • Completed and digitally signed application for the J.D program as a transfer student, submitted online through www.lsac.org. (applications will be available in May)
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Resume (submitted along with your J.D. application).
  • Personal statement outlining the reasons you are seeking to transfer (submitted along with your J.D. application).
  • Official CAS report from LSAC, including undergraduate transcript showing bachelor’s degree was conferred.
  • Official law school transcript with all first-year grades posted.
  • One letter of recommendation from a law school source, sent directly to the College of Law or by using LSAC’s LOR service. If sent directly to the College of Law, the Letter of Recommendation form must accompany the letter. The form can be found at the end of the Application Instructions brochure.
  • Letter of good standing from current law school that includes class rank based on first-year courses or a statement that the school does not rank students. This should not be sent until all first-year grades have been posted.
  • You may submit any other information that you believe is relevant.