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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. 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 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 June 15. Your entire first year of law school grades from an ABA approved school 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 UChicago)
- 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)
- $85 application fee
- Law school transcript (sent through LSAC for processing)
- All undergraduate and graduate school transcripts reflecting a complete history of your academic performance in your undergraduate education and at any graduate schools (sent through LSAC for processing)
- Standardized test score (unless you completed your LL.M. degree at the University of Chicago Law School)
- 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.
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: Transfer Application will be available and may be submitted electronically.
- May 15: Application deadline for Early Decision Transfer Program
- June 15: 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. Learn more about our Admissions Interviewing Program.
Journal Write On Competition: Transfer students are eligible for membership on one of the Law School's three student-edited journals. Transfer students may obtain journal membership through the summer writing competition or the Topic Access Program, which is available to all 2L and 3L students. To learn more about how to participate in the summer writing competition or the Topic Access Program, please refer to these letters from the three student-edited journals: Law Review (PDF), Legal Forum (PDF), Chicago Journal of International Law (PDF). The summer writing competition is open to applicants, including those who intend to apply and have not done so, as well as those who have applied, but have yet to receive a decision on their application. Please check back here for information on how to sign up for the competition. Please note: participation in the summer writing competition prior to receiving an offer of admission will not guarantee that you will be admitted to the University of Chicago Law School. You will not be able to accept any offer of membership to a journal (if one is extended) until you have been offered admission to the Law School.
Frequently Asked Questions: Make sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Transfer program.