Policy for Transfer of Credit

Maryland Carey Law will count credit earned at other educational institutions toward the Juris Doctor degree as follows:

  1. Students transferring to Maryland Carey Law after one or more semesters as a J.D. student at another law school may be awarded up to 32 credits of advanced standing on the basis of work completed with grades of C- or higher at the prior law school. Grades will not transfer. Students who have not taken all of Maryland Carey Law’s required courses at the previous law school must take the remainder of the required courses at Maryland Carey Law.  In order to satisfy the graduation requirements for specific required courses, course descriptions of courses previously taken must be substantially similar to the course as offered at Maryland Carey Law. During the application review process, transfer applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi to demonstrate similarity of subject matter covered.  Students may not subsequently receive credit at Maryland Carey Law for courses taken elsewhere.

    Transfer credit granted for courses taken at a law school outside the United States or for courses completed in Maryland Carey Law's LL.M. Program cannot, individually or in combination, exceed 28 credits of the total required for the J.D. degree at Maryland Carey Law.

    Students transferring from another law school must obtain at least 53 of the 85 credits required for graduation in courses or other credit programs offered by Maryland Carey Law.

  2. Students who did not transfer to Maryland Carey Law after one or more semesters at another law school and who have not been granted permission to visit at another law school for one or two semesters may be awarded up to 9 transfer credits for work completed with grades of C- or higher at another law school or completed satisfactorily at a non-law graduate school.  Student must obtain advance permission from the Director of Law Registration for each course they wish to take. Students must demonstrate that the course is not comparable to one offered regularly at Maryland Carey Law and that the course will significantly contribute to the student’s legal education by providing a unique experience specific to the student’s program of study.  The 9-credit limit encompasses both law courses and non-law graduate courses. Approval to take non-law graduate courses will not be granted for on-line courses, distance-learning courses, continuing education courses, or courses designed to meet in-service, certification, or re-certification requirements.

    Approval will be granted only for graduate-level courses eligible to be applied to Master’s level or higher degrees at the institution through which they are offered. Credit will be granted toward the JD only when the grade achieved signifies satisfactory completion of the course(s).  NB: many graduate schools do not consider “C” work satisfactory.

  3. Students in approved dual degree programs may receive up to 9 credits toward the JD for non-law graduate work completed at the other school.  Students in approved dual degree programs who are receiving 9 credits toward the JD for non-law graduate work completed at the other school may in addition receive up to 6 credits for work completed with grades of C- or higher at another law school, subject to the conditions in (3.), above. In other words, the total transfer credit for which a dual degree student is eligible is 15 credits.

  4. Students may be given permission to visit at another law school for one or two semesters due to a compelling personal situation.  Students granted permission to visit another law school must obtain advance permission for each course they wish to take.  In this case, the student may be awarded up to 17 transfer credits per semester for work completed with grades of C- or higher, but no more than 32 credits total.  Grades will not transfer.