Transfer students are those who have satisfactorily completed at least one year of law study at a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and are in good academic standing. Transfer applicants are required to submit:
- Complete, sign, and date this application form;
- Submit a 2-3 page transfer statement (as an electronic attachment) with this application form or as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Submit a 1 page resume (as an electronic attachment) with this application form or as an attachment to admissions@savannahlawschool.
- Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities to be sent to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). All applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and have a Credential Assembly Service Law School Report sent to the Law School. Transcripts of all academic work, including undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, must be sent to LSAC;
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a law professor who taught the applicant;
- Submit a letter of good academic standing from the Dean of the law school you are transferring from; and
- Per Section 306 (b) (2) of the Dean’s Office Regulations in the Student Handbook, upon acceptance, transfer students must apply to the Associate Dean of Academics, in writing, by filing a petition for the
requested transfer credits.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The credit allowed for prior law study is determined on a case-by-case basis. In no case, however, will transfer credit be granted for more than the total credits required in the first-year, full-time curriculum at Savannah Law School. Further, under no circumstances shall transfer credit be granted for prior law work in which the grade earned was less than that grade required for graduation, i.e. usually the grade of a “C”.
Dean’s Office Regulations Regarding Transfer Students and Transfer Credits
Section 305. Transfer Students and Transfer Credits
(a) Admission of Transfer Students
(1) Students currently enrolled at other ABA accredited law schools who
apply to this law school for permission to transfer and matriculate in order
to complete their legal education will be accepted only if they are in good
academic standing at the institution from which they are transferring and
have demonstrated sufficient academic strength in their prior law study.
(2) The Acting Associate Dean will determine whether the applicant shall be admitted
and, if admitted, the Acting Associate Dean shall determine the extent of credit to be
granted for the applicant’s prior law study. As a general principle, no
transfer credit shall be granted for prior law study which earned a grade
less than a C. Before making a final determination on a transfer request,
the Acting Associate Dean may request in writing that the transfer candidate provide
additional information pertinent to the decision. The Acting Associate Dean may, in his
or her sole discretion, submit any transfer request to the Admissions
Committee for consultation and advice on whether the Acting Associate Dean should
approve or deny the transfer request.
(b) Approval of Transfer Credits
(1) Eligibility. The law school considers courses for transfer of credit
from other ABA accredited law schools from which a student transfers in good
academic standing and with the certification by letter of the Dean of the
school from which the student is transferring.
(2) Procedure. Upon application to Savannah Law School, the student who
wishes consideration of transfer credit must include an official transcript
from the prior law school and a letter from the Dean of the former law
school certifying the student’s good academic standing. Upon matriculation
at the Savannah Law School, the student must apply to the Acting Associate Dean in
writing by filing a petition for transfer of credit. The Acting Associate Dean may grant
or deny all, some or none of the requested transfer credits. An aggrieved
student may appeal to the Dean. The appeal must be filed in the Dean’s
Office no later than seven (7) days following the date of notification by
the Acting Associate Dean of the action on the petition. This appeal shall be limited to
a written statement. There shall be no right of personal appearance.
(3) Terms for Transfer. The Acting Associate Dean will consider courses taken at another
law school from which a student has transferred for credit where the course
was taken at a school accredited by the American Bar Association, the course
was completed with a grade of “C” or better, and the course was completed no
more than one (1) year before the date of application to Savannah Law
School. The maximum number of credit hours which will be accepted for
transfer to Savannah Law School from another law school is thirty (30)
(4) Hours Not Grades Transferred. Where transfer credits are approved by the
Acting Associate Dean, the credit hours only are accepted. Grades from the former law
school are not transferred, will not be posted on the student’s Savannah Law
School transcript, and will not be considered in the calculation of a
student’s Savannah Law School grade point average.
(5) Transcript. The name of the former school and the number of credits
accepted for transfer will be posted on the student’s Savannah Law School
(6) Class Rank. Transfer students will not be given a class rank.
Intra-campus Transfer Policy
Students seeking an intra-campus transfer (from AJMLS to SLS or vice versa) must be in good academic standing and must apply in writing by filing a petition for intra-campus transfer with the Associate Dean of Academics at AJMLS if a student at AJMLS or with the Acting Associate Dean at SLS if a student at SLS. Students may only transfer between campuses at the beginning of the academic year and can only transfer between campuses twice. All academic credits, LGPA, and scholarship eligibility will transfer with the student between campuses; however, extracurricular participation must be earned on each campus. Students will be eligible for all academic honors except Valedictorian honors at either campus. The degree conferred upon graduation will be that of the institution in which the student spent their final year.
Savannah Law School’s transfer policies can be found in the Savannah Law School Student Handbook. (updated 8/12/15)