J.D. Transfer Admissions

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law welcomes a select group of transfer students each year. They find a welcoming community and ways to participate in a wide range of programs and experiential learning opportunities, including the choice to enroll in one of our seven clinics, working on one of five law journals, and competing in numerous moot court contests.

Students admitted with advanced standing also have full access to counseling and programs provided by our Career Services Office, such as:

  • the fall On-Campus Interview Program, which typically hosts about 50 employers (students must be enrolled by July 15 to participate in the August session) and resume collections;
  • spring semester Opportunity Forum, which hosts about 20 public sector employers;
  • numerous programs on topics such as alternative careers, solo and small-firm practice, and applying to judicial clerkships;
  • assignment to individual advisor who works with students throughout their time at Moritz and to when students find a post-graduation job – from helping with the cover letter and resume to interview preparation to providing job resources and networking opportunities; and
  • access to an online interview and job posting system and a variety of videos and podcasts featuring job search strategies, advice, and other job resources.

The Application Process

We consider a range of factors in the admission process, including academic achievement and evidence of a student’s ability to contribute positively to the profession and impact the intellectual life of the college.

In assessing an applicant’s potential for success, primary consideration is given to applicant’s academic performance during his or her first year. We also review undergraduate transcripts and LSAT scores. Consideration is given to letters of recommendation, especially those from a 1L professor and about extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, multicultural experiences, public service activities, work experience, life experience, and contributions to diversity.

In general, applicants should be ranked in the upper-third of their law school class and have quantifiable credentials comparable to those of the Ohio State law students with whom they would be competing.

The median 1L law school GPA for transfer students to the Class of 2014 was a 3.47. One half of the students transferring during the 2013-14 academic year were in the top 10 percent of their respective law school classes. All students transferring to the Moritz College of Law Class of 2014 were ranked in the top 30 percent of their class or above.

There are two options for applying:

1. Regular Application

Applications received and completed by July 1 will be reviewed for regular admission. Regular transfer application decisions are made on a rolling basis. As a general rule, final decisions concerning transfer applicants are made in mid-June through early-August.

2. Early Action

Applications received and completed by May 1 will be reviewed for early action, if requested, and decisions will be made on a rolling basis no later than June 1. A completed early action application must include an official transcript for your first semester at law school and other requirements as indicated on the transfer application.

Offers of early action admission are conditioned upon the successful completion of all first-year courses at the student’s current law school, being in good academic standing, and having no changes to the character and fitness responses. If a student is admitted under this program, a seat deposit is due by June 25.

All applicants not admitted under the early action option will be deferred to the regular transfer application process and considered for admission upon receipt of an official transcript and letter of good standing for the entire 1L year.

A transfer student may enroll any term in which the courses scheduled provide the student with a viable academic program. In all cases where admission is granted, the law school work that has been completed will be evaluated for transfer of credit in light of the curricular offerings of the Moritz College of Law.

Transfer of Credit

After a transfer student is admitted, the assistant dean for academic affairs evaluates the student’s law transcript and determines the number of credits to be awarded for work completed at another law school. The assistant dean exercises discretion in awarding credit for courses completed at another institution. That discretion historically has been exercised in favor of awarding credit for any course required by another law school, whether or not the course is required of first-year students at the Moritz College of Law.

A transfer student will not be required to complete a course required of first-year students at Moritz if that student has completed a course in which substantially the same doctrine is taught, regardless of the number of credits assigned to the course. The total number of transfer credits from another ABA-approved law school is capped at the number required of first-year students at Moritz. Currently, only up to 45 quarter-hours or 31 semester-hours of transfer credit will be accepted.

The Moritz College of Law limits the number of credits accepted from the completion of the first-year at a non-ABA-approved law school to one-third the total number required for graduation from the Moritz College of Law. That number is currently 29.