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UC Davis School of Law is well-known for offering a top-quality legal education in a supportive and accommodating environment, and King Hall has a long tradition of welcoming transfer students from other law schools. Each year, the King Hall community benefits immeasurably from the intellectual contributions of dozens of students who join the UC Davis School of Law student body as second-year transfers. The Law School is committed to helping those students find the educational opportunities they need to succeed in their chosen career paths.

To be eligible for admission to UC Davis School of Law as a transfer student, you must have completed at least one full-time year of study in another American Bar Association-approved law school. Students in good standing may be admitted to UC Davis School of Law with credit for not more than one year of study. No more than 30 previously earned units may be credited toward the Juris Doctor degree at King Hall. Transfer students are admitted for the Fall semester only. Applications are accepted only from January 1 - June 30 of the year for which admission is sought.

Early Admission

Those applicants who demonstrate high academic performance during the fall semester may receive offers of admission prior to the completion of the first full year of law school studies. Such offers of admission are contingent upon completion of the first year within the top one-third of the class or the School of Law reserves the right to reconsider the offer of admission.

Application Filing Checklist

  • Electronic Application
  • A letter of good standing from the dean of any law school previously attended, including class rank
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a law professor
  • Transcripts of all law school work (must include at least one full term of graded courses)
  • LSAT score - registration with the LSDAS/CAS is required
  • An official transcript from the school where you earned your undergraduate degree stating the date the degree was conferred
  • Personal statement of no more than four (4) pages
  • There is no application fee

The application period is January 1 - June 30 for admission in Fall semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be informed about admission?

Decisions will be made as soon as possible, and applicants will be notified as promptly as circumstances permit. Notifications are made on a rolling basis from as early as March and into the first week of August.

What factors are considered for admission as a transfer?

Prior law school grade point average is the primary factor considered. Applicants performing in the top 5-10 percent of their first-year class receive serious consideration. In exceptional cases, and based on the law school attended, applicants performing slightly lower in the class may be admitted. The LSAT score is also considered.

How many students are typically admitted as transfers?

Transfers are admitted on a space-available basis. The number of offers vary from year to year depending on the number of seats available. The applicant pool usually numbers about 90-100.

How many units must I complete in order to be eligible?

Applicants must have completed at least 30 semester units in order to receive serious consideration for transfer, unless the unit total for full-time first-year attendance at the prior law school is less than 30.

I have completed one year of study in a part-time evening program. Am I eligible to apply for transfer?

If you have completed the number of units required to move to second-year status at your prior ABA-approved law school, you may apply for admission as a transfer.

I am an international student, and I have completed an LLM degree at an ABA-approved law school. Am I eligible to apply to transfer? How many of my LLM courses will be credited?

Only students who have completed the traditional first year of a Juris Doctor degree program at an American Bar Association-approved law school may apply to transfer. Credits earned in an LLM program will not be credited toward a Juris Doctor degree at UC Davis Law School.

Meet four recent graduates who transferred to UC Davis School of Law.

Eric Olah

Naeha Prakash

Pajmon Zarringbahl

Nathan Zhang