UC Davis School of Law is pleased to welcome applications for transfer. Each year, we admit a small number of exceptional transfer students with proven records of achievement. These students go on to experience extraordinary success in their legal careers.
In recent years, transfer students have come from law schools across the country. See the list of law schools here.
Students who transfer to UC Davis School of Law find a wealth of opportunities to become involved in Trial Advocacy, Moot Court, and student-run journals including the UC Davis Law Review.
Transfer students who graduate from UC Davis School of Law report outstanding career success. The Law School seeks to provide transfer students with every career opportunity afforded to students who entered King Hall as a 1L. "Transfer students have an excellent track record of obtaining positions at top law firms," said Craig Compton, Assistant Dean of Career Services. "Others go on to great success in public interest work or prestigious government positions."
Admission as a Transfer
Applicants who have completed at least one full-time year of work in another American Bar Association approved law school may be admitted to advanced standing with credit for not more than one year of such work. Those applicants who demonstrate high academic performance during the fall semester may receive offers of admission prior to completion of the first year of law school studies. Those offered early admission must complete the full first year in the top one-third of the class or we may reconsider the offer of admission. Transfers are considered for admission in Fall semester only. If a student has earned units beyond the approximately 30 units earned as a first-year student, those additional units will not be credited toward the Juris Doctor degree at UC Davis Law School.
Information Sessions for Transfer Law Applicants
If you are a current first-year law student and are interested in transferring to UC Davis Law, join Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Kristen Mercado for an info session in your area during Spring semester to learn more about applying as a transfer student, the new early admission option, and the wide range of opportunities available to transfer students. Sessions are typically held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Davis pre-registration is required.
Admission as a Visiting Student
Each year a small number of non-matriculant, or visiting, students may be admitted on a space-available basis. Only students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association approved law school will be considered for visitor status. Visitors may not enroll in clinical program courses or Law Review. Visitors pay fees to the school they are visiting. For additional information about the application process for visiting students, please see our FAQs and How to Apply pages.