For Transfer and Visiting Students
Notre Dame Law School welcomes students from other law schools to attend either as transfer or visiting students. Transfer students enter as second year students and will spend two years at Notre Dame to complete their legal education. Visiting students may spend a semester or year at the Law School to pursue coursework that may not be available at their home institution.
The Transfer Admission Process
Notre Dame Law School admits new transfer students for the fall term only and begins accepting applications April 1 for the following fall’s class. Given the competitive nature of admission, we advise you to apply early in the admission cycle. We have a rolling admissions process for transfer applicants; you will be notified of our decision as soon as possible. More information regarding transfer students is in the 2015 Standard 509 Information Report.
To be eligible to apply, students musts have completed one year at a school approved by the American Bar Association. We accept a maximum of 30 credit hours. It is recommended that students interested in transfer pursue a course load roughly similar to that required of first-year students at NDLS. The 1L schedule includes: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts. Transfer applicants may be admitted even if they are missing these requirements if the remainder of their application is strong. These students will be required to take the remaining required courses during their second year at the Law School.
Employing a whole-person review, we seek to enroll multi-dimensional students—those with a wide range of talents, backgrounds, experiences, accomplishments, and points of view. While academic performance as a first-year law student and your LSAT score are important, we look at a broad array of attributes. Decisions are made on individual applications as quickly as possible. A rolling admission process allows for extending the review process as appropriate, ensuring that each application receives full and individualized attention in the context of careful comparison to other complete applicants. There is no waitlist process for transfer candidates.
An online application for transfer admission is available at our Law School Admissions Committee application website from April 1 through July 1. Interested candidates may apply after receiving first semester grades for 1L year and any admissions decision will be contingent upon satisfactory second semester grades.
Transfer Application Dates
April 1: Application Open
July 1: Application Filing Deadline
July 15: All Applications Materials Must be Received
Transfer Application Requirements
Application fee ($75)
TOEFL (Required if Applicable)
Two letters of recommendation (preferably from law school faculty)
Official undergraduate transcript with degree conferral
Official Law School transcript for all first-year coursework
Letter of Good Standing (This letter needs to be sent from the Registrar’s or Dean’s Office, and be mailed to:
– NDLS Admissions Office or email to email@example.com. It should include class rank if applicable for your current law school.)
Interview (Optional- choice requested on the application. Our office will contact you to schedule an interview.)
Please note all documents must be sent to LSAC except the Letter of Good Standing.
We are not able to offer scholarship assistance to incoming transfer students. Transfer students are eligible for Dean’s Circle fellowships in their third year of law school. In order for a student to apply for federal loan programs, you first need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Notre Dame’s School Code is 001840.
Law Journal Write-on Competition
As a transfer applicant you are eligible to participate in the Notre Dame law journals write-on competition. You may request an information packet from Director of Student Services Peter Horvath. Submissions for the write-on competition may be due before you have a transfer admissions decision. Please note that admission decisions and selection decisions for a law journal are made independently throughout the summer.
FAQs: Transfer Students
More information regarding frequently asked transfer questions can be found on the following website:
A student enrolled and in good standing at another ABA accredited law school may apply as a visiting student at Notre Dame Law School for up to one academic year. Note that a visiting student is one who plans to transfer credits earned at Notre Dame to the home law school. Visiting students are charged Notre Dame Law School’s tuition — rather than their home institution’s rate — while enrolled at the Law School.
Visiting students are required to submit the following:
- An application form
- A personal statement indicating the reason(s) for seeking admission (1-2 pages)
- A resume
- A letter from the dean’s office of the home school granting approval to enroll at Notre Dame Law School as a visiting student. This letter should also indicate the student’s good standing at their law school
- An official law school transcript
Applications should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the desired term of enrollment. Please submit the personal statement and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should send hard copies of their dean’s letter and transcripts to the Office of Admissions at 1329 Biolchini Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.