Transfer Student Applicants

Carolina Law accepts transfer students for full time study only (at least nine credit hours) and applications are available for submission April 30 through July 15 each year.

You must have successfully completed one year of full-time study or the equivalent number of credit hours in part time study, at a law school approved by the Association of American Law Schools or the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. No more than 30 credits of work from another law school will be credited. No student will be admitted who is ineligible to return to the institution last attended.

Carolina Law will accept up to 30 transfer credit hours. These credits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the associate dean for academic affairs who reviews the transcript, makes the determination and notifies students before they enroll what courses will be accepted for transfer credit. The criteria for transfer credit hours include that (1) You must have received a grade of “C” or better in the courses at the original school and (2) The courses must either be courses that are typical first-year courses or law school courses in which an upper level student would receive credit at UNC. After enrolling, you may take no more than 11 additional hours of ungraded courses at UNC.

Transfer applicants are most competitive for admission if your records indicate that you would have been eligible for acceptance as a first-year student. Transfer students should be performing superior academic work at their current law school.

Transfer candidates must submit the following:

  • Application form. Complete the entire LSAC application online. Submitting the application electronically means you have agreed to all the agreements in the directions and on the last page of the application. Submitting it electronically serves as the signature on the honor system page.
  • Application fee. Your nonrefundable application fee of $75 must be submitted by credit card through LSAC.
  • CAS report, evidencing your matriculation in law school.
  • Letter of good standing from your current law school. The letter should be written only once all grades for the first year have been reported.
  • Official transcript reflecting law courses completed and grades received. The transcript should include all grades for the first year.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of the reason for the proposed transfer. This is your opportunity to share why you are interested in Carolina Law. The statement should be double-spaced and in no less than 10-point type. Please limit your response to one to three pages.
  • Resume. The resume may be up to three pages.
  • Supplemental application. Once all required application and CAS report materials are processed, you will receive an email inviting you to complete your supplemental application. Your residency for tuition purposes determination is based upon responses gathered in your supplemental application. Once your supplemental application is processed, your law school application is complete and eligible for review.