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LL.M.-J.D. Transfer Program

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LL.M. students are eligible to apply to transfer to the J.D. program at the end of their LL.M. year. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required. To qualify for this transfer option, LL.M. students will inform the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Affairs of their intention to be considered as a transfer student during the fall semester of their LL.M. year (by the announced deadline which shall not be later than Nov. 30).

The admissions process is extremely selective and we anticipate that only applicants with distinguished grades will be the most competitive. References from Ohio State law faculty will also carry significant weight. With the exception of the LSAT, all other application requirements must be met for consideration in the pool of J.D. transfer applicants.

If the applicant is accepted into the J.D. Program, most credits acquired during the LL.M. year will be transferable into the J.D. program, except the U.S. Legal Systems and LL.M. Legal Research and Writing courses (a total of 5 credits). J.D. transfer students must complete the remaining components of the established first year curriculum in the second year of study at Moritz. Advanced J.D. course and graduation requirements must be completed in the third year of study. No LL.M. degree is awarded.

If the applicant is not accepted into the J.D. program as a transfer applicant, he or she may still apply as a traditional J.D. applicant to the three-year program. Note that LL.M. students at other schools and those who have already been awarded an LL.M. degree (from Ohio State or elsewhere) are not eligible for the transfer option. They, however, may apply as traditional J.D. applicants to the three-year program. This will require the submission of an LSAT score.

Financial Aid

If a transfer applicant received scholarship assistance as an LL.M. student, that assistance would not automatically continue if the applicant is admitted to the J.D. program. A limited number of scholarships for transfer students are available, and LL.M. transfers will be eligible for these. It should be noted, however, that the majority of financial assistance is in the form of federal loans. These funds are restricted to students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Resources for foreign nationals are extremely limited. Therefore, when applying to transfer from the LL.M. to the J.D. program, a student must be prepared to fully finance his or her J.D. studies.


Questions about the J.D. application process should be directed to the Admissions Office. Details about the transfer process can be found in the College’s Faculty Rules governing the LL.M. program.