Transfer and Visiting Student Applicants

Brandeis School of Law welcomes both transfer and visiting students to our law school.

Requirements for Transfer Applicants

  1. Register with the Credential Assembly Service of the LSAC and meet the entrance requirements of the Law School.
  2. Complete the first year of study at an ABA-accredited law school and eligible to enter Brandeis School of Law's second-year class.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation (maximum of four allowed) directly to LSAC.
  4. Request an official transcript from the applicant's current law school be sent directly to Brandeis School of Law or to LSAC.
  5. In addition to our standard application checklist, transfer students must also send a letter of good standing and class rank directly to Brandeis School of Law from an official of the applicant's current law school. Note: transfer applicants should be in the top one-fourth of the class at their previous law school.

Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, transfers are required to reserve his or her place in the entering class with a tuition seat deposit, which is applied toward tuition for the first semester.

Transfer Credits Acceptance Policy

Brandeis School of Law accepts transfer credits from other ABA-Approved Schools in certain circumstances and limits the number of transfer credit hours a student may receive. A student who transfers to Brandeis after completing at least the first year of law school elsewhere may generally earn up to 30 credits for first-year courses. Under special circumstances, a student may earn up to 45 transfer credits. Students must be admitted as a transfer student by Brandeis before this calculation is made. Transfer students must complete at least 30 of their last 36 credit hours at Brandeis, and all students must complete at least half of their 90 credit hours at the University of Louisville.

Transfer credits will be awarded only for courses in which the student has a C grade or better. No duplication of credit will be awarded, that is, students may not receive credit for a course they have already taken. The Assistant Dean for Student Life will determine when a course is duplicative.

A student who has been dismissed from another law school for academic failure or for misconduct will not be considered for transfer.

No credit will be given toward a J.D. degree for coursework completed prior to matriculating to law school.

Requirements for Visiting Applicants

On a limited basis, students from other ABA-accredited law schools also may attend classes at the law school as visiting students, for a designated period of time. Visiting students must be in good standing, and their home institutions must agree to accept credits earned at the University of Louisville. Upon acceptance, visiting students are asked to submit a signed letter of intent.

In addition to our standard application checklist, visiting students must also send a letter from their home institution stating that the credits received at Brandeis will transfer back to their home institution.

Application Periods for Transfer and Visiting Students

  • Fall Semester: February 1 through July 31
  • Spring Semester: October 1 through November 1
  • Summer Semester: February 1 through May 1 (visiting students only)