Law School Discussion

Transferring to traditional law school after 1st year online

Say you went to Taft  or Northwestern California online for one year and after 1 year have a 4.0 gpa. What will happens if you apply to traditional law schools? Will you have to take the lsat, be admitted as 2n year, etc. What exactly... Just curious.

Re: Transferring to traditional law school after 1st year online
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 02:55:40 PM »
By "traditional law school", I assume you mean ABA approved. My understanding is that the vast majority of ABA schools will not accept credits from a non-ABA school. A few of the ABA schools in California will accept credits from Calbar accredited schools, but not unaccredited schools. Just check the transfer applicant info on each school's site, and it should list their policy.

As far as other criteria (LSAT, etc), transfer applicants still have to meet the normal requirements for admission. This means taking the LSAT, holding a bachelor's degree, registering with LSAC, etc.

It's possible that some of the Calbar accredited schools might accept unaccredited coursework, I'd check with each school individually. No school, however, is required to accept such credits even if their policy allows for it. You'd probably have an uphill battle no matter what. 

The bottom line is, don't attend a school you aren't prepared to graduate from. I think this is especially true of unaccredited programs, since transferring will likely be very, very difficult. I would contact each school you're considering and ask if they have ever had a student transfer to an ABA or CBE accredited school. That should give you a good indication.