The University of Texas School of Law receives numerous inquiries concerning transfer and transient admission throughout the year. There are a variety of reasons why a law student seeks to change where they study law—to be near family, financial exigencies, job relocation of a spouse or partner, or to pursue a particular practice area or academic concentration in a noted program or field. UT Law seeks to accommodate as many admissions requests as our class size will allow.
Transfer students enrich the quality and diversity of the academic program at UT Law, and we encourage them to apply. Each year the Law School welcomes into our community a number of students who transfer to Texas after completing their first year of law school elsewhere. UT Law evaluates transfer applications primarily upon the student’s performance in their first year at a full-time law program, but also considers factors such as LSAT, undergraduate record, and an essay explaining the reasons for transfer.
Typically, transfer students apply during late spring or early summer based upon a full year’s performance at another law school. We will consider all applicants for conditional admission based upon first-semester performance. Transfer students who exhibit superior academic performance during their first semester may be offered admission pending receipt of a final transcript complete with first-year grades. A firm offer of admission will be conditioned upon maintenance of strong academic performance in the second semester. All remaining transfer applicants will be evaluated on their first year performance in its entirety.
The completed application, together with the nonrefundable application fee of $70, must be postmarked and forwarded to the Law School by the following deadlines: August 1 (fall transfer) and November 15 (spring transfer).
The Law School makes every effort to extend to transfer students all the opportunities that are available to students who begin their law studies here. Transfer students receive a special student orientation session and are included in our Society Program. Transfer students may participate in On-Campus Interviewing for summer clerkships, moot court, law journal write-on competition, and judicial clerkship opportunities. Some of these activities begin during the summer, so we encourage students to apply as early as possible to maximize access. The Law School also considers transfer students for merit scholarships, subject to availability. We admit transfer students on a rolling basis once applications are complete.
To be eligible for transfer, an applicant must:
Transfer applicants must apply prior to beginning their second year of law school, and transfer no more than 32 semester hours (48 quarter hours).
A transfer student receives University credit on the following terms:
The Law School grants a limited number of requests for transient admission to visiting students during the fall, spring and summer terms. Students who have obtained judicial internships in Austin may receive priority consideration during the transient admissions process. However, judicial interns must meet transient admission requirements.
To be considered for admission as a visiting student:
Your completed application, together with a nonrefundable application fee of $70, must be postmarked and forwarded to the Law School by the following deadlines: August 1 (fall transient), November 15 (spring transient), and May 1 (summer transient).
If permission to visit is granted, we cannot guarantee that specific courses you wish to take, or particular professors under whom you want to study, will be available. Priority enrollment is given to current UT Law students, and a number of popular courses are oversubscribed. A visiting student is not allowed to petition for enrollment in oversubscribed courses.
As a visiting student, you must abide by all of the rules and regulations of The University of Texas School of Law. Pursuant to the Law School Catalog, “A visiting student may earn no more than 32 semester hours of credit in no more than three semesters (roughly the equivalent of one year’s work at maximum load); he or she must maintain a grade point average of at least a 1.90 in all law courses taken during the semester.”