Transfer applicants from an ABA-approved law school may apply to transfer to the Charleston School of Law for either fall or spring semester. The priority deadline for applying as a transfer student is July 1. Transfer applicants should submit the following:
A candidate who has transferred from another ABA-approved law school must successfully earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0, complete all required courses or their substantial equivalent, and satisfy all other Charleston School of Law degree requirements.
Credits for courses completed at another approved law school are evaluated on an individual basis for possible transfer into the Charleston School of Law by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Only courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and that are comparable to courses offered for credit at the law school are transferable. The Law School will accept up to 30 credit hours from other ABA-accredited law schools, but will not accept the associated grades; rather, all transfer credits will be accepted, if at all, on a Pass/Fail basis. Accordingly, credits earned at other ABA-accredited law schools, even if accepted for credit at the Law School, shall not be calculated in determining a student’s cumulative or semester GPA. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may accept up to 60 transfer credit hours provided any such credit complies with all other requirements of the Charleston School of Law transfer credit policy.
Students who transfer to the Charleston School of Law will not be ranked until they complete 30 credit hours at the Charleston School of Law and at least 24 hours of the full-time, first-year curriculum at the Charleston School of Law. A transfer student’s grouping for purposes of class rank will include both the credit hours transferred and those completed at the Charleston School of Law. While the credit hours associated with transfer credit are used to generate a student’s cohort for purposes of calculating class ranks, the quality points associated with the student’s grades at other ABA-accredited law schools shall not be used to calculate a student’s class rank.
Grades earned at other institutions shall not serve as the basis for eligibility for any Law School awards and honors.
Transfer students may be eligible for law review based on a particular journal’s requirements. Interested students should contact the editors-in-chief of the specific law review or journal of interest. Grades earned at a previous law school will not count towards eligibility.