Apply as a Transfer Student

A student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school may apply to complete their final two years of legal education at Penn State's Dickinson Law. To earn a J.D. from Dickinson Law, a transfer student must attend the Law School for at least four of the six semesters for which residence credit is claimed and earn at least 56 credits from Dickinson Law. A total of 88 credits are required to earn a J.D. from Penn State's Dickinson Law.

The admissions committee will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's file, with a particular emphasis on law school performance.

As part of the transfer admission process, the admissions committee and academic deans will evaluate transferable credits. A minimum grade of C is required for all credits approved for transfer to Dickinson Law. Any credits earned at another law school are recorded on the student academic transcript by reference only, but no attempt is made to convert grades to Dickinson Law equivalents. 


The transfer application will open in mid-March. Applicants must complete Dickinson Law's transfer application via LSAC. The school code for Dickinson Law is 2199. 

Transfer applicants must also submit:

  • A copy of their final first-year law school transcript;
  • A letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member the applicant had as an instructor for at least one class;
  • A J.D. CAS report (compiled by LSAC);
  • A letter of good standing from the applicant's current law school; and
  • A copy of a final transcript from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting school. (This is due prior to matriculation at Penn State's Dickinson Law.)

The letter of good standing and official transcript should be sent after first and second semester law school grades are recorded.

Decisions regarding transfer applications are made on a rolling basis, and it is to each applicant’s advantage to submit a transfer application and final transcripts as early as possible to take advantage of programs like the Law Review/law journals' write-on competitions, Moot Court competitions, and our Fall Recruitment program. Law Review and Moot Court competitions typically take place in June. Fall Recruitment deadlines typically fall in late July. 

Students with questions about our transfer application process are welcome to contact Dickinson Law's Office of Admissions at any time.