Prior Law School Applicants

Transfer Student

A student from another ABA-approved law school may be admitted as a transfer student with advanced standing.  Non-ABA accredited program credits and state-only accredited program credits are not accepted for transfer.

A student seeking admission as a transfer student must present satisfactory evidence that he or she would have been an acceptable applicant for admission to NCCU School of Law when he or she began the study of law. This means that a student who is not currently in good standing with his or her current law school will not be considered for transfer to NCCU School of Law.  In exceptional circumstances, a student who has been academically dismissed from another law school may be considered for admission as a new first-time law student, if two or more years have elapsed since the dismissal, by nature of interim work, activity, or studies indicating a strong potential for academic study.

Transfer student applicants to the part-time Evening Program have an additional concern in that there are limited scheduling options available in the Evening Program.  Students interested in transferring to the part-time Evening Program should contact the Associate Dean for Student Services to determine if completion of law school can be done in a timely manner based upon coursework that they have already completed and requirements that must be met at NCCU School of Law.  A transfer student applicant who will not able to complete his or her J.D. within the time required by the American Bar Association (84 months) cannot be offered admission as a transfer student.

Only courses in which a grade of ·C· or better was earned will be accepted as transfer credit toward graduation requirements. Transfer student applicants must complete two full semesters from another law school that includes the required foundation courses of this law school. Two full semesters in residence are required for graduation and must immediately precede graduation.  Students may only transfer a total of 29 credits from their ABA accredited law school.

Transfer students are admitted as space allows. In addition to the application materials required of all applicants, a transfer student must submit the following items in order to be considered for admission:

  • A letter of good standing from the current law school; AND
  • A statement of the reason for the proposed transfer status; AND
  • An official transcript of all law school coursework (to be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service at the Law School Admission Council).

The Admissions Committee will not review the application file until the School of Law receives the law school transcript and letter of good standing and after all other admission decisions have been made. Decisions regarding transfer applicants are generally mailed in July.

The deadline for submitting the School of Law’s Online Application for Admission, the $50 non-refundable application fee, two recommendations, and the statement of the reason for the proposed transfer is March 31st. The deadline for submitting the letter of good standing and law school transcript is June 30th.

Previously Disqualified Student

Per NCCU School of Law policy, a student seeking admission who has been previously disqualified from another ABA-approved law school may not be admitted as a new student until two academic years have elapsed following his/her disqualification. Such students cannot transfer any credits from their prior law school matriculation and must abide by the rules applying to their new incoming class.

The student must present an affirmative showing that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete his/her program of legal education and be admitted to the bar.

Students who have previously attended NCCU School of Law and have not received their degree should follow the re-admission procedure outlined in the law school’s Student Handbook.