Application Criteria & Review

Transfer Applicants

Applicants seeking admission as transfer students will be considered if they:

  1. are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school where they have completed one year (two full semesters) of law school in a J.D. program, and
  2. are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school.

Enrolled transfer students must complete a minimum of 56 credits at Marquette University Law School. They will earn their J.D. degrees from Marquette.

The Law School begins accepting transfer applications on May 1. The deadline to apply is July 1. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Transfer students may enroll in the fall semester only.

For transfer applicants, the following items are required in addition to the Law School application and $50.00 application fee and must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions:

  1. an official law school transcript of all work;
  2. a letter from the Dean or appropriate official at the applicant's law school certifying that the student is in good standing and eligible to continue;
  3. class rank, if available;
  4. an official, final undergraduate transcript;
  5. a statement written by the applicant detailing the reason(s) the applicant wishes to transfer to Marquette University Law School.

The Admissions Committee will not make an admissions decision on a transfer applicant based upon one semester of law school grades. All first year grades – fall and spring semesters, reported in a sealed official law school transcript – are required. Similarly, a letter of standing should not be submitted until all first year grades are reported, as second-semester grades may have an impact on a student’s academic standing.

While the Admissions Committee will consider all that is required to complete a transfer application in its review, including undergraduate performance, LSAT score(s), professional accomplishments, extracurricular activities, community service, essay(s), recommendation(s), etc., performance in the first year of J.D. study at an ABA-accredited law school is a key component in the transfer admission process. The Admissions Committee does not adhere to a rigid grade point average or class-rank requirement for successful transfer applicants. Like the first-year J.D. admission process, the transfer admission process is comparative and competitive; the only way to ascertain if one would be admitted is to apply. Typically, a candidate for transfer admission has earned 24-32 credits at another ABA-accredited law school.

Please be aware that the Office of Admissions will request the LSAT/LSDAS reports of transfer applicants from LSDAS. The duration of an LSDAS subscription is five (5) years; applicants will not need to re-register with LSDAS. Applicants will be charged a $12.00 fee by LSDAS for the transmission of this data and the hard copy report. For more information, contact LSAC/LSDAS.

Third-Year Visiting Student Applicants

Students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in good standing and eligible to continue at their law school may, with the permission of the Dean or appropriate official at their home law school, visit at Marquette University Law School provided all courses completed at Marquette will be applied to degree requirements at their home law school. Students may visit for the fall or spring semester, or both.

For visiting student applicants, the following items are required in addition to the Law School application and $50.00 application fee and must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions:

  1. an official law school transcript of all work;
  2. a letter from the Dean or appropriate official at the applicant's law school stating that the student is in good standing and eligible to continue, and that all courses taken at Marquette University Law School will be applied to the student's degree requirements. Any course work required (or conditions) for the visiting student should be stated in this letter;
  3. a statement written by the applicant detailing the reason(s) the applicant wishes to visit at Marquette University Law School.