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Transfer and Visiting Students

Transfer and Visiting Students

Emory Law values the contributions of our transfer and visiting students, and would be honored to have you join the ranks of our mutually supportive, diverse, and high-achieving students.   

Transfer students may apply after the completion of your first year; visiting students are invited to join us during the third year of law school.  

The Spring 2022 transfer application will open on October 4, 2021. The Fall 2022 transfer application will open in January 2022.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer Early Decision Program

Transfer applicants are invited to apply to Emory Law through our Early Decision Program. Early Decision applicants will be notified of their decision no later than 14 days after the application for admission is complete. Those admitted through this option will receive a merit scholarship of $10,000 divided over their four semesters at Emory Law. The deadline for Spring Early Decision applications is December 1.

Early Decision applicants may be accepted, denied, or deferred to the Transfer Regular Decision process. If admitted through Early Decision program, you will have one week to inform the law school of your intent to enroll and submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,250 by the deadline indicated in your decision letter. All transfer students admitted via the Early Decision program must also provide a binding statement of intent to enroll at Emory Law confirming withdrawal of all transfer applications to other law schools. Your acceptance via our Early Decision program will be contingent on receipt of a final transcript with final grades for the entire first year of law school posted indicating there has not been a substantial change in GPA and/or class rank.

Transfer Regular Decision Program

Transfer Regular Decision applications may be submitted through December 10, 2021. Admission decisions are made as soon as possible after completion of each application including receipt of a law school transcript listing final grades from full first year of law school and class rank. All transfers admitted through our Regular Decision admission process will be required to submit a $1,250 non-refundable deposit by the deadline indicated in their decision letter. 

How to Apply

Students in good standing at other accredited law schools (ABA-AALS) may transfer to Emory Law after their first year. We review applications holistically, taking all components into consideration. 

Applicant Checklist

  1. Due to COVID-19, Emory University School of Law, along with many other law schools, shifted to a mandatory pass/fail grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester. Please provide your current law school’s grading policy and how a “Pass” will be determined if applicable. (i.e. P=C or higher, P=D or higher, etc.)
  2. Application fee paid via LSAC
  3. Application for Admission via LSAC (including self-disclosure of class rank)
  4. One Letter of Recommendation from a First-Year Law School Professor sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service  (applicants may choose to submit one additional letter of recommendation as well)
  5. Personal statement via LSAC
  6. Resume or statement of activities via LSAC
  7. First semester law school transcript sent directly to Emory University School of Law, Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
  8. A transcript indicating your second semester grades should be sent as soon as it is available. Emory Law will review applicants after one semester of law school grades and rank. The admission committee may defer a decision until a full year of academic grades and rank are available.
  9. Dean's Certification Letter (not required until after admission) indicating that you are in good standing and eligible to return for the next term and that your class rank is consistent with your application self-disclosure. The letter should be sent directly to Emory University School of Law, Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.
  10. The deadline for Spring 2022 is December 10, 2021.


  • Emory Law will review applicants after one semester of law school grades and rank. The admission committee may defer a decision until the full year of academic grades and rank are available.
  • Part-time students must complete the equivalent of a full-time first year curriculum at their institutions.
  • Students ineligible for readmission to another law school may not transfer to Emory.
  • No credit is awarded for law coursework completed with a grade lower than a C or its equivalent.
  • Transfer students will be credited with acceptable hours earned elsewhere.
  • You may graduate after successfully completing four full semesters of residence and 90 semester hours, at least 58 of which have been completed at Emory.
  • Once you have paid your deposit and committed to Emory Law, you may start to use the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy immediately.
  • Transfer students are not eligible for scholarship assistance in the first year of enrollment at Emory Law. 
  • Transfer students are not eligible to study abroad.
  • For law school courses that offer the choice of “A-F” or “Pass/Fail,” transfer students must enroll in the “graded” option.  (Classes that are exclusively offered “Pass/Fail” are acceptable.)
  • Transfer students are not eligible to enroll in classes outside Emory Law School.

Visiting Students

Emory Law offers third-year law students the unique opportunity to attend a top-tier, internationally acclaimed law school as a visiting student. The application process is effortless, and there’s no application fee.


Any third-year law student in good standing at a fully accredited (ABA-AALS) law school may attend Emory Law as a visiting student. Admission is on a space-available basis.

  1. Email the Office of Admission to express your interest.
  2. Provide certification of good standing at your own law school and a copy of the first page of your CAS Report.
  3. Course selection(s) must be approved by your law school dean.
  4. Provide a current law school transcript. The transcript can be sent via e-mail, fax, or mail. 

Note: Emory Law’s policy of anonymous exam grading means that visiting students’ exams are not graded separately from the rest of the class, which may conflict with some law schools’ required grade information deadlines.


Guest applications: August 1 for the Fall semester and December 10 for the Spring semester.


Please contact the Office of Admission with any questions.