All transfer applicants must apply to the College of Law and submit all material electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). We only accept applications submitted through the LSAC electronic Application.
We will not accept any paper application materials or paper updates to your application. Paper material and updates will not be retained or reviewed by the Admissions Committee and will be discarded. You are welcome to submit updates to your file electronically. Application update material may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and LSAC account number on each attachment.
Disabled applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, or other applicants who require a paper application, should contact the Admissions Office at 312.362.6831 or by emailing email@example.com with their request.
Transfer Admission Policy
Admission to DePaul University College of Law is competitive. In evaluating transfer applicants, the Admission Committee will consider the applicant's undergraduate academic record, LSAT score, law school grades, personal statement, letter of recommendation or evaluation, and other information requested in the application. The applicant's law school grades are weighted heavily in the process. DePaul University College of Law does not have an articulation agreement with any university or law school program regarding transfer admission.
Transfer applicants are required to submit the following: transfer application form, one letter of recommendation or evaluation from a law school professor, résumé, personal statement, and current CAS report from LSAC. In addition, transfer applicants must submit directly to the Office of Law Admission: (1) letter of good standing indicating eligibility to return from all previously attended law schools; and (2) law school transcripts from all previously attended law schools. Class ranks are not required to evaluate an applicant's transfer application.
Although there is no absolute deadline by which applicants should submit their application materials, transfer applicants should have their application and all necessary application documents on file with the Office of Law Admission at least one month prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll. The vast majority of applicants apply for fall admission. If applying for fall admission, students should submit the application form and required documents during their spring semester of law school. The student should make arrangements for an official transcript to be sent to the Office of Admission immediately after the student's spring grades have posted. While a transcript showing spring grades generally is required to review the application, the Admission Committee may make an exception and grant a conditional admission based upon an applicant's strong academic performance in the fall semester.
Although a student who began the first year of law school in January will have completed one year of study prior to the start of our Spring semester, it may not be possible for the student to enroll in DePaul's Spring semester. The Admission Committee will only review the file after receiving a transcript which posts the applicant's Fall semester grades. In most cases, a transcript which provides grades for all coursework attempted is not available until after our Spring semester has begun.
All transfer applicants must submit all materials electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). We only accept applications submitted through the LSAC electronic application. We will not accept any paper application materials or paper updates to your application. Paper material and updates will not be retained or reviewed by the Admission Committee and will be discarded. You are welcome to submit updates to your file electronically. Application update materials may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and LSAC Account number on each attachment.
Disabled applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, or other applicants who require a paper application, should contact the Office of Law Admission at 312.362.6831 or by emailing email@example.com with their request.
Evaluation or Letter of Recommendation
One evaluation or letter of recommendation from a law school professor is required for all transfer applicants. Additional evaluations and letters are welcome. Additional letters of recommendation also may be submitted by employers or colleagues who are in positions to make critical and informed appraisals of a transfer applicant's qualifications. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
Law School Transcripts and Letters of Good Standing
Transfer applicants must have sent to the Office of Law Admission a letter of good standing indicating eligibility to return from all previously attended law schools. Transfer applicants also must submit to the Office of Law Admission law school transcripts from all previously attended law schools. A class rank is not required, but may be helpful to the Committee.
A personal statement is required and must be electronically attached to the transfer application for admission. It should not exceed two pages, and may provide the Admission Committee with information regarding such matters as intellectual interests and pursuits; personal, family or educational background; experiences and talents of special interest; reasons for applying to transfer as they may relate to personal goals and professional expectations; or any other factors that will assist the committee's evaluation of the applicant's candidacy for admission.
Applicants also may describe, either within the personal statement or as an addendum, how their admission would contribute to the diversity of the College of Law.
A current résumé is strongly recommended and may be electronically attached to the application for admission. It should not exceed two pages. It should include a complete employment record and identify honors, scholarships, and commendations received; membership in any scholastic, honorary, and professional associations; as well as community, volunteer, and extracurricular activities.
Law School Admission Test / Credential Assembly Service
All applicants must take or have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In addition, all transfer applicants must register with Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Please visit the Law School Admission Council website (LSAC.org) for additional information.
Application Fee – Online Waiver
The application fee is waived for all online transfer applicants to the J.D. program. The application fee is also waived for disabled transfer applicants who submit a paper application as a reasonable accommodation to complete the admissions process.
International Applicant Information
Applicants who have earned degrees or received diplomas from international institutions must submit all materials required of transfer Juris Doctor applicants. In addition, transfer applicants who have completed coursework or earned degrees from international institutions should submit their international transcripts through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. This service is included in the standard Credential Assembly Service fee. International transcripts received will be sent to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) where the transcript will be authenticated and analyzed. The data will be assembled into an International Credential Evaluation document that contains AACRAO's summary, copies of the transcripts (and translations, as necessary), and a TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable.
Applicants who were educated in international countries, at institutions where English is not the primary language, must also register for the TOEFL (www.toefl.org) or IELTS (www.ielts.org). Applicants who register for the TOEFL must advise Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL score to DePaul University College of Law (institution code number 1165).
LSAC will incorporate the applicant's International Credential Evaluation, TOEFL or IELTS score and associated documents into the CAS report. While the College of Law strongly encourages international applicants to submit their international transcripts to CAS, we also will accept detailed evaluation reports from Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org), World Educational Services (www.wes.org), or from any other member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
For additional information, including a copy of the Financial Affidavit of Support Form for International Students, please visit http://international.depaul.edu/admission/.
Applicants can expect to receive an admissions decision within two weeks of their application being completed. The file is not considered complete until all required documents, including an official transcript with all grades, have been received in the Office of Law Admission. The decision letter also instructs the applicant about setting up a meeting with the Dean of Students to complete the registration process. The Office of Admission will send an email notification once a file is complete.