Policy for Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions of Higher Education
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law (UMFKCSOL), students must obtain 53 of the 85 credits required for graduation in courses or other credit programs offered by the School of Law. No more than 32 credits may be transferred, and 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 will be asked to provide course syllabi to demonstrate similarity of subject matter covered.
UMFKCSOL will count credit earned at other educational institutions toward the Juris Doctor degree as follows:
Transferring to UMFKCSOL after beginning legal education at another law school in the US: For students admitted from ABA accredited law schools, a maximum of 32 transfer credits will be granted toward the JD degree requirements. At a minimum, the grade received in a course taken at another law school must be C- (or equivalent) or better in order to transfer. Students who have not taken all of UMFKCSOL’s required courses at the previous law school must take the rest of the required courses at UMFKCSOL. For students admitted from non-ABA accredited law schools, transfer credit is granted at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Students. Students may not subsequently receive credit at UMFKCSOL for courses taken elsewhere.
Students applying to UMFKCSOL after having attended a law school in another country: Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the Associate Dean for Students. At a minimum, the grade received must be C- (or equivalent) or better in order to transfer.
Students currently enrolled at UMFKCSOL who take courses at other law schools: Students must receive advance permission to take law courses outside of UMFKCSOL, whether an individual course, a summer program through another law school, or a semester- or year-long visit. Students must receive a grade of C- (or equivalent) or better in order to receive credit. Students may not receive credit for courses substantially similar to courses already taken at UMFKCSOL, nor may they subsequently receive credit at UMFKCSOL for courses taken elsewhere.
Students currently enrolled at UMFKSCOL who take non-law graduate courses, whether in the course of a dual degree program or not: Students may receive credit for up to 9 credits of non-law graduate level courses. These 9 credits are not in addition to the 32 credits that may be transferred from other law schools, but are within those 32 credits. Students must in all cases complete 53 credits at the UMFKCSOL. Students must receive advance permission to take 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.