Applying for Transfer Status

Temple Law School accepts into the J.D. program a very limited number of transfer students from law schools which are ABA approved and are members of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The criteria and conditions of acceptance as a transfer student are rigorous. To be considered, the transfer applicant must be in the top quintile (20%) of her class. Acceptance also depends on the availability of seats. Only first-year course work (a maximum of 30 credits) is accepted for purposes of granting advanced standing to transfer applicants.

The deadline for submitting a transfer application is June 1 of the calendar year in which study is to commence. Applicants must have completed their first year of law school and their class rank and transcript at the end of the first year must be available before the Faculty Admissions Committee can consider a transfer application. For this reason, transfer decisions are typically not made before mid-July.

The following documents must be submitted by each applicant for admission as a transfer student:

  • Completed application form and $60 application fee; 
  • Personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to transfer to Temple Law School;
  • A letter from the applicant's current school certifying that the applicant has completed the first year, is in good standing, and is eligible to continue at that law school;
  • The applicant's class rank or quintile at the end of the first year of law school;
  • An official transcript from the applicant's current law school showing grades for all completed courses;
  • A Credential Assembly Report (CAS). The CAS Report may be sent to Temple Law School from LSAC, or the applicant may have a copy of the first page of the CAS Report sent to Temple from their current law school.  A copy of the CAS Report may already be on file with the Admissions Office if the applicant has previously applied to Temple Law for admission as a first year student.

Applicants Seeking Visiting Status

Visiting (non-matriculating) students at Temple receive their J.D. degree from the school in which they are currently enrolled. Students may apply for admission as visiting students for their FINAL year of course work only (a maximum of 30 credits) and must enter during the fall term.  Visiting students receive their degrees from their home schools.

The following documents must be submitted by an applicant for admission as a visiting student:

  • Completed application form and $60 application fee;
  • Personal statement outlining the reasons for seeking visiting status at Temple Law School;
  • A letter from the applicant's current school indicating that the applicant has permission to visit Temple Law School and that the home school will accept al course work successfully completed at Temple Law School;
  • An official transcript from the applicant's current law school showing grades for all completed courses;
  • A Credential Assembly Report (CAS). The CAS Report may be sent to Temple Law School from LSAC, or the applicant may have a copy of the first page of the CAS Report sent to Temple from their current law school. A copy of the CAS Report may already be on file with the Admissions Office if the applicant has previously applied to Temple Law for admission as a first year student.

    Applicants for visiting status must demonstrate the ability to complete successfully the academic requirements of Temple Law School.