Transfer Application Process
Transfer candidates utilize the same application as used by candidates for first-year admission. Transfer applications are only accepted for fall admission. There is an August 1 deadline for transfer applications. Transfer applicants are advised to submit their application well before this deadline to optimize chances of admission.
All applications come through lsac.org, but if you need assistance or have questions about the application, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need technical assistance with the LSAC’s website or have questions about the Credential Assembly Service, please contact the LSAC directly.
A transfer applicant must have attended a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Depending upon the credits and scope of courses taken compared with Brooklyn Law School's required first-year program of study, students admitted with advanced standing may transfer up to 35 credits earned at their prior law school.
Typically, the most serious consideration is given to transfer applicants who offer numeric and other credentials that would have been competitive for admission to the class they seek to join and who currently maintain a cumulative weighted average of approximately 3.00 (B) or better at their prior law school.
In addition to providing all of the information and documentation required of a first-year entering student, a transfer applicant is also required to provide:
- A statement explaining his or her reasons for requesting admission to Brooklyn Law School
- A complete, official academic transcript from the prior law school indicating all coursework completed and grades received
- A letter from the dean's office of the prior law school attesting to the fact that the applicant is in good standing and eligible to continue matriculation at that school
- A Credential Assembly Service Law School Report newly issued by LSAC (Brooklyn Law School will not accept a copy of the Law School Report from the applicant's prior law school)
- Transfer candidates are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation; letters from faculty at the prior law school are most helpful, but not required
Normally, no action will be taken on a transfer application until all of the above documents have been submitted to the Office of Admissions.
Early Action Decision
Transfer applicants may seek an Early Action decision by submitting an application as soon as fall grades earned at the prior law school are officially released. If admitted, such candidates for the next fall may be notified of their admission in early spring instead of needing to await mid-summer notification. Such Early Action offers remain subject to proof of commensurate academic performance and continued good standing during the entire first year at the prior law school.
This option remains available until May 1. Thereafter, the Committee on Admissions will expect to see fall and spring semester grades before reaching any decision. In some cases, the Committee on Admissions may wait-list an Early Action transfer applicant, with later review subject to the receipt of final first-year grades.
The Committee on Admissions continues to review transfer applications and make admission offers throughout the spring and summer until all spaces are filled.
Transfer of Credits
Transfer students are generally granted the credit hours earned in courses required in the first year at Brooklyn Law School, provided that they have grades of C or higher. They may not receive more than 30 credits for such courses. Elective courses may be credited, but in no event will more than 35 credits be allowed for students transferring to Brooklyn Law School after completing their first year at another school.
While transfer admittees receive advanced standing for some or all of the work they have completed at their previous law school, they will enter Brooklyn Law School with no grade point average. In other words, no grades earned at their previous law school will be included in the computation of their Brooklyn Law School grade point average, even while the advanced standing credit approved by the Law School will count towards their degree requirements at Brooklyn Law School. Their future academic standing at Brooklyn Law School will be based solely on grades earned here.