August 1 deadline; earlier application is recommended. Fall entry only.
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.
Transfer applicants must complete the Law School's application for admission. Additional materials (listed below) are required from transfer applicants, as well. No action will be taken on a transfer application until all required documents have been received by the Admissions Office.
Transfer applicants may seek an accelerated decision by submitting an application as soon as fall semester 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 admission offers remain subject to proof of commensurate academic performance and continued good standing during the entire first year at the prior law school. This accelerated option remains available until May 1. Thereafter, the Committee on Admissions will expect to see fall and spring semester grades before reaching any decision.
Other transfer candidates are urged to apply by early June, with all first-year grades submitted by early July for purposes of admission that fall.
Additional materials required from applicants applying for transfer admission with advanced standing include:
•A letter from the Dean's Office of the applicant's prior law school attesting to the fact that the applicant is in good standing and eligible to continue matriculation at the school;
•An official academic transcript from the prior law school indicating all coursework completed and grades received;
•A statement from the applicant explaining the reasons for requesting transfer admission;
•A newly issued CAS Law School Report (Brooklyn Law School will not accept a copy of the CAS report already on file with the prior school. A new registration with CAS might be necessary.);
•Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation. Not required, but helpful, are one or more letters of recommendation from faculty at the prior law school.
Applicants accepted for admission with advanced standing are mailed an analysis of the academic credits they earned at their previously attended law school that Brooklyn Law School will accept, as well as notification of any courses that they must take here to satisfy our degree requirements.
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.