Transfer Students

Students in good academic standing at ABA-accredited law schools may apply to transfer to Gonzaga to complete work toward the Juris Doctor degree.

For applicants who have been academically disqualified or dismissed from another ABA law school, you cannot apply as a first-year law student until two years from the date of disqualification has passed, unless you obtain a standard 505 letter from the previously disqualified school.

To apply as a transfer student, please submit:

  • An application for transfer admission
  • Personal statement which includes your reasons for transferring to Gonzaga
  • Law School Admissions Counsel CAS Report
  • Letter of good standing, sent directly from your current law school
  • Official transcript from your present school, with all terms of attendance recorded
  • Two letters of academic recommendation, sent directly from faculty at your current law school

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credits.

Law school credits are eligible for transfer to Gonzaga Law School if the credit was earned at another law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Only law school credits for which the student received a grade of “C” or better will be available for transfer to Gonzaga Law School. Transfer credits will not be considered in computing the student’s grade point average or class rank.

Transfer credits from courses taken prior to matriculation at Gonzaga Law School.

No credit will be given for any courses taken at any educational institution prior to matriculation at Gonzaga Law School unless the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approves those credits for transfer pursuant to this rule. In no event, may the Associate Dean approve for transfer to Gonzaga Law School more than a maximum of one third (1/3) of the credits needed for awarding the J.D. degree.

Transfer credit for courses taken at another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School.

No credit will be given for courses taken at another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School except as provided in subparagraphs (a) through (d) herein:

  1. Associate Dean approval.

    The student must obtain written approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to enrollment in the course, including foreign study abroad programs offered through another law school. No approval will be given for taking a course at another law school unless the student has a compelling reason for doing so. Serious health matters, family problems, or taking a course not offered at this law school but of substantial importance to a student’s career objective are examples of compelling reasons; the desire to finish law school in the locality where a student may wish to practice law is not a compelling reason.

  2. Final semester visit away.

    If the student is visiting at another law school in the final semester of study toward the J.D. degree, the student must achieve the semester final grade point average that would place that student in good standing on the visiting away school’s grading standard.

  3. Maximum credits.

    A student will not receive credit for more than sixteen (16) credit hours of the credits required for the J.D. degree (whether from summer school, regular sessions, or foreign study abroad) taken at or through another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may make an exception to this credit hour limitation for good cause.

  4. Study abroad programs.

    A study abroad program is any program where classes are taken outside the United States. To enroll in any study abroad program (whether offered by Gonzaga Law School or through another law school), the student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or above by the end of the fall semester preceding the summer the program is offered. In applying this rule, any advisory grades received by students after the fall semester immediately preceding the summer for which the student wishes to register, will be counted as if they were terminal grades.

Membership in the Law Review

The Gonzaga Law Review is a student-run scholarly journal that is distributed to students, libraries, and subscribers three times a year. Each year, the Law Review conducts a writing contest and the top thirty scores from the competition are invited to be members of the Law Review. The competition involves writing a comment on a case selected by the Law Review and completion of a citation worksheet.

If you are interested in participating in the current writing competition, you will need to coordinate with the comments editor and meet the deadlines laid out in the comment competition packet. In order to receive additional information about the comments competition and to receive the comment competition packet, please check with the comments editor of the Law Review.