Application Information for Transfer Students
Applicants applying for transfer admission must apply online at LSAC.org and indicate your application status as “transfer.” Applicants applying to transfer must submit the following items:
- A completed transfer application. Applications are available at LSAC.org
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a faculty member at the school currently attending.
- A letter of standing from the Dean, or appropriate official, at the current law school, including class rank. The letter should be written at the end of the first full year of law school, indicating your academic standing and eligibility to return.
- LSAC CAS Law School Report sent directly from LSAC.
- An official transcript from the law school currently attending. The transcript must reflect all courses and grades during the first year of law school, and should be sent directly by the school to LSAC’s CAS.
- A statement as to why you seek to transfer.
- The letter of standing, the official transcript and the statement of class rank must reflect the grades of the second semester of law school, and they are typically issued after grades for the second semester have been posted.
Accepted students are required to have a final official transcript from the undergraduate degree-granting institution and, if applicable, the graduate degree-granting institution. All transcripts should be sent directly by the school(s) to LSAC’s CAS.
Credit for prior education or experience
Transfer applicants are accepted for either fall or spring semester. Applicants who have completed the equivalent of the first year of law school, typically 30 credit hours, from an ABA-approved law school may apply to transfer to the Charleston School of Law. No more than 30 credit hours will be accepted on transfer and apply toward a J.D. from the Charleston School of Law. Only courses in which a grade of “C” or better was earned will be accepted on transfer. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may accept up to 60 transfer credit hours provided any such credit complies with all other requirements of the Charleston School of Law transfer credit policy. All transfer credits will be accepted, if at all, on a Pass/Fail basis. The Charleston School of Law provides this information pursuant to ABA Standard 509. For more information about policies relating to transfer students, please follow this link. No credit will be given for prior experience.