Apply for J.D. Transfer or Visiting Status

Transfer Students

A limited number of places are available for students who wish to transfer to the Law School after completing one year of legal studies at an ABA-accredited law school. A maximum of 28 credit hours may be applied toward the Law School’s degree requirements. The primary factor considered in an admission decision is the student’s first-year law performance. Transfer students may apply for admission to the Law School for either the fall or spring semester. To consider an applicant for admission as a transfer student, the Admissions Office must receive the following:

  • A completed application for admission submitted via LSAC.org, accompanied by an application fee of $80.
  • A transcript of the applicant’s law school record sent directly from the school to the Law School Admissions Office
  • An official undergraduate transcript
  • A record of LSAT scores (a copy from the applicant’s law school is sufficient)
  • A letter from the dean of the applicant’s law school, stating that he or she is in good academic standing.

The deadlines for submission of transfer applications are June 15 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.


Visiting Students

A student who is in good academic standing as a degree candidate at an ABA-accredited school may be admitted to the Law School as a visiting student in order to earn credit for transfer to his or her home institution. While the vast majority of visiting students do their course work at the Law School during the summer session, students may apply for visiting student status during the fall or spring semester. Admission will be based primarily on space availability.

To consider an applicant for admission as a visiting student, the Admissions Office must receive the following:

  • A completed application for admission submitted via LSAC.org, accompanied by an application fee of $80
  • A transcript of the applicant’s law school record
  • A letter from the dean of the applicant’s law school, stating that he or she is in good academic standing and approving the applicant’s visiting status at GW Law.

Please note that the Law School will not issue an
I-20 form for visiting international students.

The deadlines for application materials are June 15 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 10 for the summer session.


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