J.D. Transfer Students
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to submit along with my transfer application to FIU Law?
In addition to completing the online application through the Law School Admission Council, you must submit the following:
- An official law school transcript;
- A copy of the Credential Assembly Service or LSAC Law School Report on file at your prior law school.
- A personal statement articulating your reasons for wanting to transfer to FIU Law. Please limit your personal statement to one typed page, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. If you have a violation of law and/or a misconduct violation, then you must submit a written explanation that includes a description and final disposition of the incident along with copies of the official documents pertaining to the incident.
- Letter of Good Standing from the Dean’s or Registrar’s office (letter is not required until after acceptance to FIU Law).
I was conditionally admitted: what does that mean?
Students with outstanding academic records may be admitted based on first semester grades, conditioned upon your maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the second semester. If you do not satisfy the GPA condition, then FIU Law reserves the right to rescind your offer of admission.
How many credits from my prior law school can transfer over to FIU Law?
A maximum of 31 credit hours may be transferred from your prior law school. To earn your law degree, you must complete a minimum of 59 credit hours “in house” at FIU Law. The Dean for Academic Affairs will determine the transferability of specific credits.
Does my GPA from my prior law school transfer over, too?
No, your prior law school GPA does not transfer over. Transfer credits are recorded as “TR” grades and have no impact on your FIU Law GPA. You will begin with a new GPA at FIU Law, which will solely be based on courses completed here.
Can I join FIU Law Review?
A transfer student may become a member of FIU Law Review in one of two ways:
- Waiver: A transfer student who competed in their prior school’s write-on competition (which contained both a writing and bluebook component) and was extended an invitation to the prior school’s primary journal, is eligible for a waiver if the student possesses the requisite academic criteria set forth below. Further,FIU Law Review will only honor conditional invitations if the invitation is conditioned on post-competition requirements (like writing a student note during the 2L year or attending mandatory training).
- Academic Criteria: The student must have: (1) a 2.67 cumulative GPA (based on curved classes only); and (2) completed two legal writing courses, earning a minimum 2.67 GPA in those courses.
- Procedure: Please send (a) a letter of interest, and (b) a PDF copy of your law review acceptance letter to Associate Dean Angelique Ortega Fridman email@example.com, copying the Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Morgado, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The FIU Law Registrar will request verification from your prior law school.
- Write-On Competition: A transfer student who does not qualify for a waiver may seek membership in FIU Law Review by participating in a write-on competition and fulfilling the academic criteria set forth below. Members are selected based on their performance in this competition. Transfer students who register for classes at FIU Law by July 31, 2019, may participate in a write-on competition held for transfer students starting on August 1, 2019, and ending on August 8, 2019 (the “2019 Transfer Competition”). If you are eligible to participate in the competition and are registered for classes, this is the only opportunity to seek FIU Law Review membership. If you register for classes at FIU Law on or after August 1, 2019, your only opportunity to become a member is to participate in the May 2020 write-on competition (after your 2L year).
- Academic Criteria: The student must have: (1) completed at least 28 credit hours; (2) have a 2.67 cumulative GPA (based on curved classes only); and (3) completed two legal writing courses, earning a minimum 2.67 GPA in those courses.
- Procedure: To participate in the 2019 Transfer Competition, please e-mail your first and last name, e-mail address, and contact number to (email@example.com) by July 28, 2019. You will receive an FIU-issued Westlaw password to access the 2019 Transfer Competition materials on TWEN. You cannot access the 2019 Transfer Competition materials with the Westlaw password issued by your prior law school or any other entity, including employers. You will receive an e-mail with your new Westlaw password and instructions for access to the TWEN page for the 2019 Transfer Competition.
Can I join the trial team?
To try out for the trial team, you must have satisfied FIU Law’s foundational curriculum requirements and have earned at least a 2.4 cumulative GPA at your prior institution. Fall tryouts typically take place in late August.
When can I start taking classes at FIU Law?
You may begin your coursework at FIU Law during the Summer semester as a visiting student. Once our Registrar has received your final first-year transcripts and verifies that you maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at your prior law school, you will have satisfied the condition of your transfer admittance and will be enrolled in the Fall semester as an FIU Law student. Credits earned as a visiting student during the Summer semester will be counted toward your FIU Law GPA and toward the 59 “in house” credits required for graduation.