Transfer
Students

The Admissions Office welcomes inquiries from students who wish to transfer from their current ABA-accredited law school to UC Hastings. We will be hosting a series of webcasts for prospective transfer students during the Spring. Please go here to see the dates and times and to register for a session.

Transfer students enjoy the same opportunities as current rising 2Ls. These opportunities include participating in the Career Development Office’s Early Interview Program, writing on to one of the law school’s nine journals, and trying out for one of the College’s top-ranked Moot Court teams after taking Appellate Advocacy in the Fall semester.

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“Transferring to UC Hastings after my 1L year was the best decision for me because it opened up a lot of opportunities that aligned more with my interests after having a year under my belt.”

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“If your goal is to produce quality work product when you join a firm…UC Hastings’ practical skills classes are a must.”

Ky Coletta

“Choosing UC Hastings has been one of the best decisions I’ve made because it has given me the chance to get involved with things that I am passionate about, like joining the Alternative Dispute Resolution team.”

Prospective transfer applicants are encouraged to register for a Transfer Admissions webcast here. Students are also welcome to make an appointment with a member of the Admissions staff.

Deadline

The UC Hastings transfer application is live from January 1 to July 1, 2019. Applications are accepted for the Fall only. There is no fee to apply.

Requirements

  • Transfer applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 units to be considered for transfer, and may transfer a maximum of 31 1L units.
  • In order to be awarded a UC Hastings JD, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 52 units while enrolled at UC Hastings as a full-time student for no fewer than four semesters.

Submit the following via the LSAC Credential Assembly Service

  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement outlining your reasons for seeking transfer admission to UC Hastings.
  • Two letters of recommendation (letters used for your original law school applications are sufficient for this purpose)
  • Resume

Law School Transcripts: For the purposes of transfer application evaluation, UC Hastings will accept unofficial law school transcripts. Unofficial transcripts should be emailed directly to admissions@uchastings.edu. Please state in your email message that you are applying for transfer admission. UC Hastings may make offers of admission to some transfer applicants based on first semester grades only. These offers will be conditional upon consistent academic performance in the second semester, submission of an official transcript showing all 1L courses and grades, and submission of a letter of good standing from your current law school. These conditions will need to be satisfied to register for classes as a 2L at UC Hastings.