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Transfer and Visiting Student Information

Law students who are currently enrolled at other ABA-accredited law schools but who wish to attend NIU College of Law have two options: they may apply to transfer, or they may enroll as visiting students and transfer their NIU College of Law credit hours back to their home law school.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in another ABA-accredited law school.
  • Applicants must remain in certified good academic standing at their current law school and are unconditionally eligible for readmission to your law school after completion of all first-year law courses.
  • Applicants must have completed the equivalent of one year of law school (24 to 32 credit hours). At least 55 of the 90 credits required for the J.D. degree must be earned at NIU College of Law.

Application Requirements

Transfer applicants must submit all materials through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

  • Electronic Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
  • Law school transcript (including spring semester grades)
  • Letter of good standing from previously attended law schools
  • Class rank
  • One letter of recommendation (from a law professor) – one is required, but up to four can be received

A resume is strongly recommended, but not required.

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A few important things to note:

  • We recommend that transfer applicants should submit their application at least one month prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll.
  • Transfer students admitted for the fall semester may choose to begin their studies during the preceding summer session if admitted prior to the start of that session.
  • Admitted transfer students will meet with the Dean of Students to determine which credits will transfer. Grades below a C or its equivalent will not be accepted for transfer credit.
  • • Transfer students will be given class rank equivalent to the rank they would hold in the class with which they will graduate, which will be added to the same rank otherwise given to a non-transfer student so as not to change the class rank of any non-transfer student. Thus, whatever rank a transfer student holds, there will be a non-transfer student in the same class with the same class rank.
  • Transfer students are eligible for on-campus interviewing and for all services provided by the Office of Career Opportunities.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation and regardless of sexual orientation. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX, Section 504, and other statutes and regulations may be referred to Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115, telephone 815-753-1118. The College of Law believes that a diverse collegial environment best serves its educational and professional goals, and thus particularly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups..

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