St. Francis accepts a limited number of transfer students each year, and the competition for these slots is strong.
Please refer to the General Catalog for more information about our transfer policies.
In addition to our standard admission requirements, St. Francis also requires the following of transfer applicants:
Official Law School Transcripts are Required
Transfer applicants are required to disclose, and to submit, official transcripts from, all prior law schools attended. In order for a transcript to be deemed official, it must be sent directly to St. Francis by the other institution, either electronically or by postal mail:
St. Francis School of Law
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Transfer Credit for Prior Law Studies Limited
Students enrolled in the J.D. program must complete at least one-half of the program requirements at St. Francis to qualify for the J.D. (i.e., 66 units and 2 years of study). Transfer credit will only be considered for courses taken in a J.D. program at a law school that is (i) ABA-approved; (ii) registered with the State Bar of California; or (iii) accredited by the State Bar of California. Only classes with a B (3.0) or higher will be eligible for transfer credit consideration. Coursework may be transferred only if completed within 27 months prior to a student’s enrollment.
All credit transfers must be made in compliance with the rules, guidelines, and requirements promulgated by the State Bar of California. Recognition of transfer credit may be subject to the completion of a Credential Evaluation by the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners, Office of Admissions.
Transfer of Credit to Other Schools is the Student’s Responsibility
It is the responsibility of each student to review the transferability of credits earned at St. Francis. Students should not assume that credits earned at St. Francis will be accepted by other institutions. Students should check with the institution to which they intend to transfer for information on that institution’s transfer credit policy.
Starting Law School Over May Be Required
If an applicant has previously attended law school but does not wish to receive any transfer credit, St. Francis must still receive an official transcript from the prior law school(s). Further, the applicant will need to complete a Starting First-Year Law Studies Over Certification form and submit it to the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners/Office of Admissions for approval.