Transfer Students

Whittier Law School welcomes transfer students into our community. Applicants who have previously attended another ABA-accredited law school are eligible to apply for admission to Whittier Law School if:

  • You are in good academic standing,
  • You are unconditionally eligible for readmission at your original school, and
  • The original school is an ABA-accredited law school.

If any of these conditions do not apply, then you may apply to Whittier Law School, but as a first-year law student.

Transfer Application Procedure

Transfer applicants should follow the same application procedure as for regular admission. In addition, transfer applicants seeking admission should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  • a completed application form through the LSAC
  • a $60 application fee
  • a brief personal statement, including reason(s) for transfer
  • a letter stating academic good standing and class rank from the Dean or Registrar at the school from which the student is withdrawing
  • a current official LSDAS/LSAT report
  • two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a law professor whose class you have taken
  • an official transcript from the law school with all first-year grades and course descriptions

Assessment Criteria for Transfer Credit
The Office of Student Relations will assess possible transfer credit based upon a review of the official transcript submitted to the Office of Admissions by the ABA accredited law school from which a student seeks to transfer. Additional information, such as applicable course descriptions from the student’s current law school, may be requested in order to assist in the assessment of possible transfer credit.

A maximum of 30 hours of course credit from another ABA law school may be transferable to Whittier Law School. Transfer credit will not be granted for any units/courses in which the applicant received less than a “C” or equivalent grade, based upon the grading scale of the law school from which you seek to transfer. The Whittier Law School transcript will reflect the student’s transfer credits only as units. A transfer student’s cumulative grade point average at Whittier Law School will not include the grade point average the student earned at a prior school. Only the grades earned at Whittier Law School will count toward the cumulative grade point average at Whittier Law School. Moreover, once a student transfers to Whittier Law School only the Whittier Law School cumulative grade point average will determine the student’s academic status and good standing. Once admitted, in order for a transfer student to qualify for good academic standing at Whittier Law School, the transfer student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.5 at the end of the first semester in residence at Whittier Law School.

Inquiries concerning transfer status should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Admission decisions are made in late July or early August. Transfer students assume the risk of losing credits if, in the opinion of the Law School, the course(s) are incompatible with Whittier’s required curriculum. Whittier Law School reserves the right to refuse any part of, or all, transfer credits for advanced standing.

A student may petition the Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Relations for additional credits (not to exceed 42) provided that they are in good standing, they received a C or above in the course and they had a 2.5 or higher CGPA at their law school.