Transferring to Memphis Law

If you are interested in attending Memphis Law as a transfer, start-over or visiting student, there are several steps that you must take in order to apply. Please read the information provided below, or you are welcome to contact the Law Admissions Office by email or at (901) 678-5403.

Application Details

Our electronic application is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You must create an online account with LSAC in order to use this service. You must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) via your LSAC online account to send electronic applications to LSAC for processing and transmission to the University of Memphis School of Law. Click here for information on the components of the application.

Visit the Law School Admissions Counsel at lsac.org for information regarding the LSAT dates and deadlines.

Deferred Admission

A limited number of admitted students may be given permission to defer enrollment to the entering class upon demonstration of a particular personal, financial, or other impediment to their current enrollment. The student must submit a written request to the Dean or his designate prior to August 1st specifying the reasons for the deferral. The student must have submitted a seat deposit by the appropriate deadline in order to retain a seat for the entering class. The student must reconfirm in writing his or her intention to enroll between January 1 and April 1 of the deferral year. Failure to reconfirm by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the student's seat. Deferrals are only made for one year. Credentials for deferred applicants will be maintained for twelve months. After this period, they will be regulated to an inactive status.

Startover Admission

The School of Law may admit to the first year entering class a student who has been academically excluded from an ABA accredited law school or who was on academic probation at the time of withdrawal from such law school, if, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, the student has made an affirmative showing that he or she "possesses the requisite ability and that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at the admitting school" pursuant to ABA Standard 505. The number of students who can be admitted as startovers in any given year is limited to five (5) and is further limited to residents of Tennessee or non-resident students previously excluded from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Transfer Admission

Admission as a transfer student to the School of Law is competitive. To be considered for transfer admission, an applicant must be in good standing at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), including provisionally-approved schools, at the time of transfer. Students interested in transferring should submit a completed application along with a $25.00 application fee. The transfer application deadline is July 15, and the application is available at LSAC's website.

A completed application for transfer consists of:

  • CAS report
  • Letter of good standing from the law school dean
  • Official document stating class rank
  • Official transcript of credits earned from all previously attended law schools
  • Letter of recommendation from a current law school professor
  • Personal statement addressing the applicant's interest in and reasons for transferring to the University of Memphis School of Law

The dean or the dean's designate will make transfer-application decisions after reviewing the completed transfer application and after considering the number of places available in the class. To be eligible for transfer, the student must have successfully completed at least one year of law study at an ABA-approved law school or ABA provisionally-approved law school before transferring to the University of Memphis School of Law.

Once admitted, transfer credit earned in each course must be at least equal to the overall grade point required for graduation by the University of Memphis School of Law.

In conformity with the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the University of Memphis School of Law may grant a transfer student academic credit up to the equivalent of three semesters for full-time students or up to the equivalent of four semesters for part-time students for work successfully completed at another AALS-accredited law school, and two semesters for full-time students or 2.6 semesters for part-time students for work successfully completed at a non-AALS school.

Transfer applicants are eligible to compete for Moot Court and Mock Trial traveling teams, and those interested are encouraged to contact the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board or the Moot Court Board Faculty Advisor, Professor Barbara Kritchevsky at bkrtchvs@memphis.edu. Transfer applicants are also encouraged to contact Career Services at 901.678.3217 or lawcareerservices@memphis.edu for information pertaining to recent graduate employment and fall recruitment programs.

Transfer inquiries should be directed to the Law Admissions Office at 901.678.5403 or rpenny@memphis.edu

Visiting Admission

A student who is in good standing at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) may request to take courses at the Cecil C Humphreys School of Law on a non-degree basis with the written permission of the Dean or the Dean's designee. Written permission from the applicant's current law school must be received before an application for visiting status will be reviewed. An individual interested in visiting status should complete the application form and pay the fee as well as submit a letter of good standing from his or her current law school, a letter of authorization from his or her current law school granting permission to take courses at the Cecil C Humphreys School of Law, a copy of the front page of the CAS report, a personal statement addressing the reasons for requesting visiting status, and an official law school transcript. The application deadlines for visiting admission are: November 15 (spring semester), April 15 (summer session) and July 15 (fall semester).