Transfer & Visiting Students

Louisville Law welcomes both transfer and visiting students to apply to join our community. Transfer students are those who have completed their first year of JD study at another law school but wish to complete their education at Louisville Law. Visiting students are those who have completed at least their first year of JD study at another law school and wish to remain enrolled there but have reason to attend Louisville Law for no more than one academic year.

Transfer Students

A student who has completed the first year of JD study at another law school accredited by the American Bar Association may apply to join the second-year class at Louisville Law. Transfer applicants are subject to the same entrance standards as first-year applicants, plus consideration of their first-year law school performance. An applicant who has been dismissed from another law school for academic insufficiency or for misconduct may not be eligible for transfer consideration.

Pursuant to ABA accreditation standards, Louisville Law may award a transfer student up to, but no more than, thirty (30) credits for first-year coursework. Transfer credits are awarded only for courses in which the student earned a grade of C or better, and a student who receives transfer credit for a course cannot earn credit for a duplicative course at Louisville Law. No credit will be awarded for coursework completed prior to matriculating at an ABA-accredited law school. An applicant must be admitted as a transfer student before a determination on the number of qualifying transfer credits will be made.

Your application to enroll as a transfer student must include everything required of a first-year application plus a few additional components: (1) a transfer statement of no more than one double-spaced page, with standard typography and margins, addressing why you seek to transfer to Louisville Law, (2) your official transcript from your current law school, showing that you have completed the full first year of coursework, and (3) a letter of standing from your current law school verifying your class rank, academic standing and disciplinary standing as of the conclusion of the first year. A form for the letter of standing is provided under the Forms section of our electronic application. We also strongly encourage all transfer applicants to arrange for at least one of their letters of recommendation to be provided by one of their first-year law school professors.

The transfer application for Fall 2022 entry will be available on LSAC.org from April 1 to July 15, 2022. Louisville Law does not offer Spring or Summer entry.

Visiting Students

On a limited basis, a student enrolled at another ABA-accredited law school may attend classes at Louisville Law for a designated period of time of no more than one academic year.

As is required of a transfer applicant, your application to enroll as a visiting student must include your official transcript from your current law school as well as a letter from your current law school verifying your class rank, academic standing and disciplinary standing. In addition, you must arrange for your current law school to provide a letter stating that it will accept credits earned from your anticipated coursework at Louisville Law.

Visiting students can apply to study at Louisville Law in any term. To request a visiting student application, please contact us at . The application deadline depends on the term in which you seek to attend:

  • Spring 2022: December 15, 2021
  • Summer 2022: May 20, 2022
  • Fall 2022: July 15, 2022