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Policy for Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions of Higher Education

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

For students who first enrolled at UM Carey Law prior to August 2014:

  1. Transferring to UM Carey Law 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 may 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.  Grades will not transfer. Students who have not taken all of UM Carey Law’s required courses at the previous law school must take the remainder of the required courses at UM 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 UM Carey Law. During the application review process, transfer applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi to demonstrate similarity of subject matter covered. 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 UM Carey Law for courses taken elsewhere.

    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 UM Carey Law.  

  2. Students applying to UM Carey Law 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.  Grades will not transfer. A maximum of 32 transfer credits may be granted toward the JD degree requirements. In order to be eligible to receive the Juris Doctor (JD) at UM Carey Law, students must obtain at least 53 of the 85 credits required for graduation in courses or other credit programs offered by UM Carey Law.
  3. Students currently enrolled at UM Carey Law who take courses at other law schools:  Students must receive advance permission to take law courses outside of UM Carey Law, 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 UM Carey Law, nor may they subsequently receive credit at UM Carey Law for courses taken elsewhere. 
  4. Students currently enrolled at UM Carey Law 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 UM Carey Law.  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.

For students who first enrolled at UM Carey Law in August 2014 or later:

  1. Students transferring to UM Carey Law after one or more semesters 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 UM Carey Law’s required courses at the previous law school must take the remainder of the required courses at UM 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 UM Carey Law. During the application review process, transfer applicants may be asked to provide course syllabi to demonstrate similarity of subject matter covered. 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 UM Carey Law for courses taken elsewhere.

    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 UM Carey Law.

  2. Students who did not transfer to UM 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 Associate Dean for Students for each course they wish to take. Students must demonstrate that the course is not comparable to one offered regularly at UM 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.

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