Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Each summer, Northwestern Law considers transfer applicants for fall admission to our JD program. To be eligible to apply as a transfer student, you must have completed 28 credit hours and a 1L curriculum similar to that of Northwestern Law’s at a school accredited by the American Bar Association. Furthermore, you must intend to complete your last two years of legal study at Northwestern Law.

Northwestern Law transfer students are eligible to participate in practically all of the activities the Law School offers, including but not limited to: the on-campus interviewing program, the Bluhm Legal Clinic, and journals.

Transfer students are not eligible to receive institutional scholarships or grants.

Transferring of Credit

  • The amount of credit a transfer student will receive for completed first-year work, including summer coursework, will not exceed 28 semester units.

  • Grades below a C or its equivalent will not be accepted for transfer credit.

  • Because of the differences in curriculum among law schools, students who are admitted on a transfer basis may not receive full credit for all first-year courses.

Applying to Transfer

Our transfer application will be available through the Law School Admission Council as of Monday, May 3, 2021. Here are detailed instructions for 2021 transfer applicants.  You may visit our Applying to Northwestern Law webpage and link to lsac.org as of May 3rd to begin the application process. We also recommend reviewing our answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions surrounding the transfer admission process.

The transfer application period is brief by design. The deadline for submission of completed transfer applications is Friday, June 18, 2021. Because successful transfer students are eligible to participate in the Law School's on-campus interviewing program (OCI), we build in adequate time to introduce new transfer students to their career advisers. In turn, these new students may effectively prepare for OCI; they may write a Northwestern Law resume, develop a bidding strategy, and meet the OCI deadlines that typically fall in mid-July. OCI will take place during the first two weeks of August 2021 this year.