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Transfer Information

Taking Classes at UC Davis

Immediately after accepting your offer of admission and paying your deposit, please review the following information and select the courses you’re interested in. Contact the law school Registrar’s Office by email ( with the schedule you wish to enroll in, including courses for which you’d like to be added to the wait list. You’ll receive a verification of enrollment via e-mail. Once the Registrar’s Office has enrolled you for fall courses, you will not be given the option to make schedule changes until the online registration system reopens to all JD students in August.

We will transfer up to 31 units of credit from the ABA accredited law school you attended prior to admittance to UC Davis. This number is equivalent to the number of units UC Davis students have completed after their first year of study. After you’ve been admitted, the law school Registrar will review your transcript and notify you by e-mail as to the number of units we will accept from your prior law school.

Transfer students must complete any UC Davis first-year course(s) they have not taken previously. The UC Davis first-year curriculum is prescribed and provides the essential framework for subsequent legal study. These courses are Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Property and Torts. You must enroll in the course during the first semester it is offered after you enroll at UC Davis. For example, if the course is not offered in the fall semester of the academic year you begin your studies at UC Davis, you will be expected to enroll in the course during spring semester of your first year here.

During your second and third year, you must take a Professional Responsibility course, complete a skills course, and complete an advanced writing requirement. You may enroll up to 17 units each semester; you will need 88 units to graduate. These are degree requirements.

There is no prescribed course of study during your second and third year.

While not required, you should keep in mind the second and third year courses that cover subjects tested on the California Bar Examination. Bar subject courses are listed on our web along with answers to many questions you might have. Consider taking advantage of course advising.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about course advising may answer some of your questions.

Course Selection and Registration

Since current students have already registered for fall classes, some classes will be full. We will work with you on an individual basis to enroll you in classes you are interested in taking. Wait list options are always available. To see which courses are still open see the Course Tool Option. Make sure you to select the correct year and term (2012 - fall semester) To search if a single course is open, enter the year, term and Course number (Law ...). To search the entire list of courses enter only the year, term and subject area (Law). There are many options to choose from once you are in the form.

For general registration information including important dates, web registration, finding open courses, wait list information and class information, please see our registration information.

Beginning August 17, you will be able to make additions/changes to your schedule on your own by adding and dropping courses over SISWEB, the student information system:

Law Review

Transfer students are encouraged to seek membership on to the UC Davis Law Review through participation in the summer write-on competition.

Student ID Cards, Computing Accounts, Lockers

Once admitted to UC Davis, you will receive a student ID number and information through the Admission Office about ID cards and computing accounts. Please notify the Registrar’s Office as soon as you have a UC Davis email account so that we can include you on the student list serves. These lists are used by the King Hall Community to disseminate important information to our registered

students. Your computing account will give you access to the Law School Intranet The book lists for all classes and instructions for obtaining a locker, among other important information, are posted on the Intranet.


UC Davis is a member of the Order of the Coif. In order to be elected to the Order of the Coif, students must be in the top 10% of their graduating class and have 75% of their UC Davis units as graded units. Eligibility for Order of the Coif membership is determined after the sixth semester. UC Davis School of Law does not recognize Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude.