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Transfer Application Checklist

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Apply for Transfer Admission

The online transfer application for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) class entering in the fall semester of 2014 will be available in mid April. The deadline for completing your transfer application is June 16.

You must electronically submit your LSAC's Credential Assembly Service Electronic Application to LSAC for forwarding to our office. When you transmit your application electronically, you can either: 1) use the electronic signature and fee payment option (preferred), or 2) print out the Certification Letter provided, sign it, and mail it directly to our office with a check for your application fee. Applications transmitted to LSAC for forwarding to our office will be considered postmarked on the day they are transmitted to LSAC.

A completed transfer application includes:

  • The transfer application form.
  • A personal statement which should address your reasons for applying for transfer admission. A need to be located in the Cambridge area may be relevant and should be discussed in your personal statement if applicable.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a law professor at your current law school.
  • College Certifications from all schools that have awarded you a degree and from your current law school.  This form will become available in mid-April.
  • A current copy of your LSAC's Credential Assembly Service report, which may be ordered from the Law School Admissions Council. Your LSAC's Credential Assembly Service registration period will extend for five years from your original registration date. A current LSAT score is required and will be included in your CAS report.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Law school grades for the entire first year. Although we prefer an official transcript, we realize that it may be difficult in some cases to obtain one until late summer. Therefore, we will consider photocopies of your grade reports or some other account of your grades. Although we may be able to reach a tentative decision to admit on the basis of unofficial grades, we are not able to offer admission to any applicant without first receiving an official transcript.
  • Résumé.  Please include a 1-2 page résumé detailing your academic, extracurricular, and professional activities since high school.
  • An application fee of $85.00, payable to Harvard Law School. Fee waivers are not available for transfer applications.

N.B., although you may use one letter from a previous application in your transfer application, you must still provide a letter of recommendation from a professor at your current law school.

Deadline for Submission of Materials

The deadline for completing transfer applications is June 16, but we encourage you to complete your application as early as possible. 

Last modified: June 17, 2014

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