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Information for Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants can apply online through the LSAC website. The deadline to submit a transfer application is July 15.  For a complete list of application requirements, please click here. For a list of Transfer and Advanced Standing Rules, please click here.

Transfer applicants must currently attend an ABA-accredited law school. To be considered competitive, transfer applicants should finish in the top 25% of their first-year class.

The amount of advanced standing credit to be allowed will be determined by the Academic Dean.  Typically, 30 units of credit will be accepted, and no credit will be allowed for courses unless the student earned at least a D in such course.  The maximum amount of credit allowed for transfer is 44 units.  There is no set minimum; however, the applicant needs to have completed the majority of Pepperdine's first-year required courses. They are:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Ethical Lawyering
  • Legal Research & Writing I & II
  • Property
  • Torts

Transfer applicants must submit the following items:

  • Completed, signed (or electronically-certified), and dated application
  • $60 non-refundable application fee **Waived for the 2015 application cycle**
  • Resume
  • Response to Pepperdine's mission statement
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter of good standing from current law school*
  • Official transcript from current law school*
  • Official class rank from current law school*

Letters of recommendation are not required for transfer applicants.

*Please send supporting law school documents to:

Pepperdine University School of Law
Office of Admissions
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA  90263

If you need additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (310) 506-4631.