Transfer admissions

A student who has completed one or more years at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or at a state-approved law school may apply for transfer admission with advanced standing.

Transfer applicants shall submit:

  • a CAS report as well as an official transcript and a letter of good standing from their previous law school in addition to the normal application materials
    • at least one of the two required letters of recommendation must be from a faculty member who taught the student in law school
    • LSAT scores over five years old are not acceptable for admission consideration.

In no event will more than 30 credit hours of transfer credit be given. No transfer credit for courses taken more than four years before the request for transfer credit is made will be granted.

Visiting Out

A UMass Law student in academic good standing who has successfully completed a year of full-time study or its equivalent may register for courses at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, provided that the student obtains the prior written approval of the associate dean. The associate dean shall not approve courses required or regularly offered at UMass Law.

To obtain approval, a student shall submit a petition to the associate dean, stating:

  • the name of the course
  • a course description
  • the school offering the course
  • the reason(s) why the student wishes to take the course.

The student shall pay any tuition costs for courses taken at another school. Taking an additional course at another school does not reduce the tuition owed to the university. Students may ordinarily take a maximum of six credit hours at other law schools during their course of study at UMass Law. In extenuating circumstances, the associate dean may allow students to take more than six credit hours, provided, however, that, in no circumstances, will the student be allowed to take more than 30 credit hours.

For more information, consult the UMass Law Student Handbook‌ (PDF).

Treatment of transfer credit

Transfer credit may be granted only after UMass Law has received an official transcript from the school where the credit hours were earned. Transfer course work for which credit is given will be recorded on the student’s permanent transcript without a grade designation. It will not be calculated in the student’s grade point average.

Criteria for transfer credit

To qualify for transfer credit, a student shall provide evidence that:

  1. The student earned a grade considered "satisfactory" by the school where the course was taken. In no event may transfer credit be granted for courses in which the student received a grade lower than C or its equivalent (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  2. The course was worth at least two semester or three quarter credits. Credit for multi-term courses may be granted only if the student has completed the entire course and received a satisfactory grade in every term.
  3. The course was not taken more than four academic years before the student’s matriculation at UMass Law.

Three-plus-three programs

UMass Dartmouth has established a joint "three-plus-three" program that offers significant advantages to interested, qualifying students.

This program offers a fast track to a law degree in six rather than seven years. The program leads to the award of a bachelor’s degree by UMass Dartmouth and a Juris Doctor degree by UMass Law. More information

Similar programs have been established with UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Fitchburg State University.


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