Transfer Students

Students may apply for transfer admission to Duquesne Law. Applicants for admission to a class other than the first year who have begun the study of law at another school must meet all regular requirements for admission to the first-year program, along with several other stipulations.

  • Transfer Application available through on May 1.
  • Transfer Application deadline is July 15.
  • Decisions will be made by late July.


Transfer applicants must present satisfactory evidence of having been in regular attendance at an ABA-approved law school and must be in good standing and unconditionally eligible to return to studies at that school.

Before a transfer application will be considered the applicant must have completed the equivalent course requirements of a first-year, full-time day student at Duquesne University School of Law.

Application Procedure

Transfer applicants must meet all requirements for a first-year student and must submit the Transfer Application along with the following:

  1. A Credential Assembly Service from the LSAC (a copy from the current law school is acceptable).
  2. An official transcript of all completed law school work.
  3. A letter from the law school attended certifying that the applicant is in good standing and is eligible to return there. The letter should not be written until the student successfully completes all of his or her academic work in which the student is currently enrolled.
  4. A personal statement indicating reasons for transfer.
  5. A current resume
  6. A letter of recommendation from someone who has evaluated your work in your first year of law school
Transfer FAQs

When should I apply for a transfer?

You should apply between May 1 and July 15 of the year you wish to transfer. Please use the "Transfer Application" at Do not use the regular JD application.

How many transfers are admitted each year?

Duquesne University School of Law does not have a quota or goal number of transfer students to admit each year. In some years we have admitted several transfer students; in other years we have admitted none. Admission depends upon the strength of your application materials and the rigor of the program you are currently in, including your success as a 1L at your current law school.

Can I apply if I am currently attending a non-ABA accredited law school?

Unfortunately, we will not admit transfer students from non-ABA accredited law schools.

Will the grades that I earned at my old law school be factored into my Duquesne GPA?

No. Grades earned in courses accepted for transfer credit will not be included in the computation of a student's grade point average.

Can I transfer all of my credits from my old law school to Duquesne?

No. The grade earned in any course for which transfer credits are sought must be, at a minimum, the equivalent of the School of Law's passing grade of "C."

What is the maximum number of credits that I can transfer to Duquesne?

No more than twenty-nine (29) transfer credits will be accepted toward satisfaction of the J.D. degree. Please contact the law school Registrar's Office for the transfer credit policy.

Are transfer students eligible for merit scholarships?

Transfer students should complete the FAFSA and have the results sent to Duquesne University with school code 003258 in order to apply for student loans. Transfer students are not eligible for incoming merit-based scholarships.

Are transfer students eligible for Law Review?

There are no guaranteed spaces on Law Review for transfer students, but transfer students are eligible to participate in the writing competition for Law Review. Transfer students who would like to apply for Law Review must complete the write-on competition as well as an editing and citation exercise. Instructions regarding this process are available after July 15.