To be eligible to apply for admission as a transfer student into the Juris Doctor program at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, applicants must have completed at least one school year (two semesters) at another ABA-approved law school. Transfer applicants may be admitted in either the fall or the spring semester. The Admissions Committee at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law makes admission decisions on a rolling basis. The Committee evaluates the academic potential of applicants through a thorough assessment of each applicant's academic record, professional and educational experiences, and accomplishments. In addition, the Committee identifies candidates who will enhance the professional development of their peers and will contribute positively to the law school community as a whole.
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, students must obtain 53 of the 85 credits required for graduation in courses or other credit programs offered by the School of Law. Therefore, no more than 32 credits may be transferred. Furthermore, grades will not transfer. 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 the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. During the application review process, transfer applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi to demonstrate similarity of subject matter covered.
Transfer applicants may be admitted in either the fall or the spring semesters.
The application fee is $70 and may be paid online by credit card through LSAC or by check or U.S. money order payable to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. All fees and deposits are non-refundable. All checks must be drawn on a bank that has a branch in the United States. We also accept American Express, Thomas Cook, and Barclay's traveler's checks. Postal money orders from other countries are not acceptable. Please do not send cash.
A completed application for JD Transfer admission consists of the following:
Please upload your personal statement, résumé or curriculum vitae, law school course descriptions, diversity statement (optional), a detailed explanation of character and fitness disclosures, and any other addenda when completing your application online.
Just as lawyers are held to high ethical standards, so are University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law students. One ethical duty is to fully and accurately disclose the information sought in our application. The failure to provide honest and accurate information in the application is a very serious matter and may result in a delay, rescission or denial of admission to the School of Law and/or a denial of admission to the bar. Applicants have a continuing duty throughout the application, admission and enrollment process to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information provided in the application to ensure that it remains complete and accurate.
Applicants are encouraged to read the rules of admission to the bar of the state where they intend to practice law. These rules will provide an understanding of the qualifications for admission to the bar, including those related to the character and fitness of applicants to practice law in that state. The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides information on each state's requirements regarding character, fitness and other qualifications.
Responding to Character and Fitness Questions in the Application: Please carefully read and respond to the seven questions in the application that relate to your Character and Fitness for Admission to the Bar. The failure to provide honest and accurate answers to the questions on the application is very serious, often more significant than the act or event requring disclosure.
FAILURE TO DISCLOSE THIS INFORMATION IN A TIMELY MANNER MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY THE SCHOOL OF LAW AND COULD DELAY OR EVEN PREVENT YOUR ADMISSION TO THE BAR.
For any affirmative answer, please electronically attach a statement marked “Character and Fitness.” Your answer should include the date and location (city, town and state) of each incident, a description of the incident, and a full explanation of the circumstances surrounding – and the resolution of – each event. The University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law reserves the right to request additional information from you, including further explanation concerning the incidents in question, court records, documents, or any other relevant information.
Applicants have a continuing duty throughout the application, admission, and enrollment process to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information provided in the application to ensure that it remains complete and accurate.
Upload attachment(s) when completing the application form.
Because facility with written and spoken English is necessary in order to successfully participate in our academic experience, applicants for whom English is a second language or not their primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Request that scores be sent directly to LSAC: LSAC has arranged with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to receive your TOEFL Score. Please provide ETS with LSAC's institution code (8395) when requesting that your score be sent to LSAC. LSAC has also arranged with IELTS to receive scores. They will only accept scores from IELTS electronically. You must request that your score be forwarded to LSAC for electronic download.
Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
Request for Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS: If you believe that you are proficient in English and that the English Language Competency Exam requirement should be waived in your case, please submit a statement describing your English language instruction and proficiency. Upload attachment(s) when completing the application form.
The School's admissions policies fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations. Consistent with the School's commitment to diversity, the life experiences and backgrounds of applicants with disabilities may be viewed positively in admissions decisions. Applicants may use the personal statement to emphasize these factors.
Please type (or sign) your name, and date the application. By signing this application and transmitting it electronically, you certify that the information in this application is complete, accurate and honestly presented. You also certify that any information submitted on your behalf is authentic, including letters of recommendation, academic transcripts and certifications. You understand and agree that any inaccurate, misleading or omitted information will be cause for an investigation of misconduct in the admissions process, rescission of any offer of admission, or cause for disciplinary action, dismissal or revocation of degree if discovered at a later date. You further agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations of the University of Maryland if you are admitted as a transfer student.
If you have questions about this application or about the admissions process, please contact the Office of Admissions at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law at (410) 706-3492 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to notify the Office of Admissions promptly of any change in your address as well as any new facts that may change the responses to any part of your application.
University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Office of Admissions
500 West Baltimore Street, Suite 130
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 706-3492 (phone)
(410) 706-1793 (fax)
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