Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Each summer, Northwestern Law accepts transfer students for fall admission to our JD program. To be considered for admission as a transfer student you must have completed a 1L curriculum similar to that of Northwestern Law’s from a school accredited by the American Bar Association, and intend to complete your last two years of residence at Northwestern Law.

Transfer students are eligible to participate in practically all of the activities the Law School offers, including our on-campus interview program, Bluhm Legal Clinic, and law 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 on lsac.org in early May 2021.  In the meantime, you may view detailed instructions for transfer candidates on our Applying to Northwestern Law webpage. We also recommend you review our answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions surrounding the transfer admission process. 

Please keep in mind that these resources reference dates and deadlines from our 2020 transfer admission process. With that said, our overarching process and approach to enrolling our transfer class will remain consistent with previous admission years. Stay tuned for updates and the posting of our Summer 2021 Transfer Application.