Apply for Transfer Admission
The online transfer application for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) class entering in the fall semester of 2019 will be available on May 1, 2019.
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 should use the electronic signature and fee payment option. Applications should be submitted to LSAC by June 17, 2019 at 11:59PM.
We expect to notify transfer applicants of their admissions decision on Friday, July 5, 2019.
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. 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.
- College Certifications from all schools that you have attended, including those from which you have not received a degree, and from your current law school.
- The College Certification form is not the same as a transcript. In addition to requesting confirmation of the conferral or expected conferral of your degree and rank-in-class, if applicable, the College Certification form also requests information about possible academic or behavioral disciplinary actions. Please be aware that HLS requires a College Certification form for any post-secondary institution that you have attended, regardless of whether you received a degree from the institution. Detailed instructions on how to submit the College Certification are located at the beginning of the form.
- It is not necessary for the person completing the form to know you. School officials who have access to academic and disciplinary records may complete certifications.
- Each institution is different, but usually a Dean of Students or Pre-Law Advisor’s office completes this form. The form is usually completed on the basis of the school’s records.
- A current copy of your LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, which may be ordered from the Law School Admissions Council. Your LSAC CAS report registration period will extend for five years from your original registration date.
- A current standardized test score (valid within the last five years) is required. Students may choose to submit an LSAT or GRE score. As a reminder, HLS requires applicants to submit all standardized test scores from the last five years for LSAT (automatically given to HLS as part of your CAS report) and GRE tests (you must request that ETS send those scores to HLS directly via HLS ETS code 2135). For example, if you took the LSAT once and the GRE twice in the last five years, then we require all three test scores.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
- Final official transcripts, with degree and conferral date (if applicable) displayed, from all undergraduate post-secondary academic institutions listed on your LSAC CAS report are required prior to registration. If you have completed a graduate degree program, then the final transcript must display the degree and degree conferral date.
- Transcripts submitted to LSAC during the application process are sufficient to meet this requirement unless they were in-progress at the time of submission to LSAC. In those cases where an in-progress transcript was submitted to the LSAC, we will require a final version sent to our office.
- 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 or screenshots of your grade reports or some other account of your grades. Unofficial grade reports may be uploaded directly to your application via the status checker. 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.
- A one to two 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 may be requested prior to June 1. Please complete the Transfer Fee Waiver Request Form to request an application fee waiver from HLS.
Deadline for Submission of Materials
The deadline for completing transfer applications is June 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM but we encourage you to complete your application as early as possible.