Transfer Students

Each year the Law School considers applications from students at other law schools who request to transfer to the University of Chicago for their second and third years of law school. We receive approximately 150-200 transfer applications each year for a transfer class of approximately 15-25 students. The J.D. program is a full-time program only. We do not offer a part-time or evening academic program.

Application Process

We have a paperless admissions process. All applicants must apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application, which is fully accessible to the visually impaired. We will not accept any paper application materials. Please do not send any paper copies or any additional paper materials to the Admissions Office. Disabled applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should contact the Admissions Office at 773-702-9484 or email admissions@law.uchicago.edu with their request.

We base our transfer admission decisions primarily on an evaluation of the applicant's law school performance, including the law school attended and a letter of recommendation from a law school professor. While the LSAT and undergraduate record are still considered, they are not as critical to the application as the applicant's current law school record.

Transfer applicants may apply through our Early Decision or Regular Decision program.

Early Decision

Early Decision transfer applicants must ensure that we have received their application and all supporting materials, including a law school transcript containing all first-year, first-semester grades and the Law School Information Form, by May 15, 2015. Second semester law school grades are not required to apply under the Early Decision program. Early Decision transfer applicants will receive a decision from the Law School in May. Early Decision acceptances are binding on the applicant, which means that, if admitted, you must commit to matriculating at the Law School and immediately withdraw all other transfer applications at other law schools. If you apply Early Decision, you may not apply to any other law school through a binding early decision or early action program.

All applicants accepted under the Early Decision program will be required to submit a law school transcript containing their final first-year law school grades. All offers of admission made under the Early Decision transfer program are contingent upon the Law School's receipt of a final first-year law school transcript demonstrating consistent performance and successful completion of one full year of study at an ABA-accredited law school.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision transfer applicants must ensure that we have received their application and all supporting materials, including the Law School Information Form and a law school transcript containing all first-year law school grades, by July 1, 2015. Your entire first year of law school grades are required to apply through the Regular Decision transfer program. Offers of admission under the Regular Decision program are not binding on the applicant.

Transfer Application Materials

All transfer applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Transfer application
  • Resume (updated to include any anticipated or current 1L summer work experience)
  • Personal statement (please include an explanation of why you want to study law at Chicago)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including at least one letter of recommendation from a law school professor (only two letters are required, but we will accept up to four - sent through LSAC)
  • $75 application fee
  • Law school transcript (sent through LSAC for processing)
  • Law School Information Form (this form must be emailed directly to the Admissions Office from your current law school)

Please note that the Law School Information Form is a supplemental form with the application that you must download from LSAC. However, the Law School Information Form must be completed and emailed directly to our Admissions Office by your current law school.  It cannot be submitted to us through LSAC at this time. All other materials must be sent electronically through LSAC. Your application will not be considered complete until we have received all of the materials listed above.

Important Deadlines:

Due to the Law School's August On-Campus Interviewing program, the timing of the transfer admissions process will be accelerated. Please pay close attention to the following deadlines.

  • April 15, 2015: Transfer Application will be available and may be submitted electronically.
  • May 15, 2015: Application deadline for Early Decision Transfer Program
  • July 1, 2015: Application deadline for Regular Decision Transfer Program

Additional Information for Transfer Students

Admissions Interviewing Program:  Certain students applying through the Transfer Program will be invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.  Click here to learn more about our Admissions Interviewing Program.

Frequently Asked Questions:  Make sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Transfer program.