TRANSFER ADMISSION STANDARDS
UF Law invites transfer applications from law students who have successfully completed the first-year, full-time required curriculum at their ABA-accredited institution while maintaining good standing. Transfer applications are accepted for fall entry only.
The transfer admission process at UF Law is highly competitive. While the Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of your transfer application, the most significant factor in their consideration is your 1L law school performance, as evidenced by your class rank. The most competitive transfer applicants will rank in the top third of their 1L class. An exception may be made for applicants from highly competitive law schools.
The maximum number of credits that UF Law will accept for transfer is 29. As such, applying for transfer after completing coursework beyond the first-year, full-time required curriculum will not be considered favorably by the Admissions Committee.
FALL 2023 TRANSFER CLASS STATISTICS
|Transfer class size
|Median class rank at prior law school
|Median law school GPA at prior law school
|25th-75th percentile law school GPA at prior law school
|# of law schools represented
|# of states represented by these law schools
|% non-Florida residents
|% students of color
My transition to UF Law was much smoother than I anticipated. Upon starting at UF Law, I quickly made friends with other transfer students through the Law Transfer Student Organization and joined the Journal of Law and Public Policy. I eventually became the Executive Research Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, as well as the Vice President of the Law Transfer Student Organization. Thanks to the welcoming attitudes of the other students at the law school and student organizations like the John Marshall Bar Association, I was able to get more involved on campus and make friends with law students outside of the LTSO. The professors at UF Law really care about their students and are always willing to help you achieve both academic and professional success. I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have had at UF Law and am excited to transition into a career as a corporate attorney after graduation!
—Amanda Leigh Niemann (JD 23)
How many of my credits will transfer to UF Law?
If you are admitted as a transfer, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs to discuss your transfer credit evaluation and your remaining graduation requirements at UF Law. Questions about which credits will transfer in cannot be answered prior to that point in the process. As a general rule, a maximum of 29 credits will transfer in, and credits where a grade of C- or below was earned will not transfer.
You may review our course offerings here.
Will my GPA and class rank from my prior law school transfer to UF Law?
No. You will begin your career at UF Law with a 0.0 GPA. After your first semester at UF Law, you will receive your first UF Law GPA and an unofficial class rank. After your second semester, you will be ranked alongside the other UF Law 2L students.
May I participate in Early Interview Week and/or On-Campus Interviews as an incoming transfer student?
UF Law strives to allow transfers to participate in EIW and OCI. However, you must submit a request to participate, and your ability to participate may be impacted by the date your application becomes complete and/or the date of your admission. Please note that this information is subject to change for those transferring in fall 2024.
May I participate in the writing competition as an incoming transfer student?
UF Law holds a transfer-specific writing competition in late July. Your ability to participate may be impacted by the date your application becomes complete and/or the date of your admission. Transfer students are not automatically eligible for membership on a journal based on their class rank at another law school, a journal membership invitation from another law school, or journal membership at another law school. Please note that this information is subject to change for those transferring in fall 2024.
May I try out for the Florida Moot Court team as an incoming transfer student?
Tryouts for the Florida Moot Court team take place in late July. This timing often coincides with the writing competition mentioned above, so it may not be possible to compete for both co-curricular activities. Your ability to participate may also be impacted by the date your application becomes complete and/or the date of your admission. Transfer students are not automatically eligible for membership on the Florida Moot Court team based on their class rank at another law school, a moot court membership invitation from another law school, or moot court team membership at another law school. Please note that this information is subject to change for those transferring in fall 2024.
May I try out for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team as an incoming transfer student?
Tryouts for the ADR Team take place just before classes begin for the fall semester. Incoming transfers may participate in the tryout process alongside other 2Ls and 3Ls. Transfer students are not automatically eligible for membership on the ADR Team based on their class rank at another law school, an ADR Team membership invitation from another law school, or ADR Team membership at another law school. Please note that this information is subject to change for those transferring in fall 2024.
May I try out for Trial Team as an incoming transfer student?
Tryouts for the Trial Team take place at the beginning of the fall semester. Incoming transfers may participate in the tryout process alongside other 2Ls and 3Ls. Transfer students are not automatically eligible for membership on Trial Team based on their class rank at another law school, a Trial Team membership invitation from another law school, or Trial Team membership at another law school. Please note that this information is subject to change for those transferring in fall 2024.
How do I meet other transfer students?
Incoming transfer students have their own Orientation in mid-August. There is also a Law Transfer Student Organization with the mission of helping transfers effectively transition to UF Law.
Is there scholarship funding available for incoming transfer students?
Incoming transfer students are not eligible for scholarship funding.
TRANSFER APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES
Transfer Application Requirements
1. UF Law Transfer Application and $30 application fee
Apply electronically via LSAC.org to submit your application. Please note that the $30 application fee will be waived only for LSAC fee-waived candidates upon submission of the LSAC online application. The Personal Statement, Resume, Summer Plans and Career Goals Statement should be submitted via the LSAC online application.
2. Personal Statement
Your personal statement is different from your incoming 1L personal statement. It should tell us about you, focusing primarily on your law school academic experience and career goals, and explain why you wish to transfer to UF Law. Please also indicate whether you have an interest in our 7-Semester JD/Tax LLM program. The statement should not exceed two, double-spaced pages and should be in a font no smaller than 12 points.
Please ensure that your resume contains specific, factual information about your education, awards, extracurricular and community activities (including hours per week), and employment.
4. Summer Plans and Career Goals Statement
Please submit a statement sharing your plans for Summer 2024 as well as your career goals post-graduation. Goals should include your desired practice area and geographic location. The suggested length for this statement is no more than one half page, double-spaced.
5. Transfer Certification Form
A Transfer Certification Form must be completed by your current law school and received by UF no later than July 15. Your current law school may send the form via email, fax, or mail. To be considered complete, the answer to Questions 1 and 2 must be yes. If your law school provides class ranking at the end of the 1L year, the form must include the rank. If not, the form must include a comment from the Registrar explaining the school’s ranking policy.
6. Official Transcript
An official transcript showing completion of the full-time, 1L curriculum required by your current law school must be received by UF Law no later than July 15.
The preferred method for transcript submission is via the LSAC CAS. Please note that the LSAC can take several weeks to process and send your transcript to us, so you are encouraged to plan your transcript submission method accordingly to meet our application completion deadline.
You may also request that your current law school send us your transcript directly, either electronically or by mail. UF Law only accepts transcripts transmitted electronically via eSCRIPT-SAFE, AVOW (Parchment), or National Student Clearinghouse transcript services. The contact email address for these transmissions is firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, your law school may send your official transcript via mail to:
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Office of Admissions
PO Box 117622 (309 Village Dr.)
Gainesville, FL 32611
7. Letter(s) of Recommendation (Optional)
Although a letter of recommendation is not required for transfer admission, you are welcome to submit up to four letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from current law school faculty are preferred.
Transfer Application Deadlines
Application opens: May 6, 2024
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2024
Completion Deadline: July 15, 2024
All required application components as detailed above must be received by this date to be considered for transfer admission.
You will receive an email from UF Law acknowledging receipt of your application. After receipt of your application is acknowledged, you may check the status of your application via the Applicant Status Online (ASO).
You will receive a separate email from the University Admissions Office with instructions to create a MyAdmissions account and complete the Florida Residency Declaration for tuition purposes. Although failing to submit the residency declaration and/or required supporting documentation will not affect your admissions decision, it will affect billed tuition amounts if you are admitted and ultimately matriculate as a transfer student.