Applicants seeking admission as transfer students with advanced standing will be considered if they meet the following conditions:
- have been enrolled at an American Bar Association accredited law school where they have completed one year (two full semesters) of law school
- are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school
- apply between June 1 and July 1 for fall admission only
Applicants with advanced standing must complete a minimum of 61 credits at St. Mary’s. Therefore, a maximum of 30 credits can be accepted in transfer toward the St. Mary’s J.D. degree. Coursework in which a grade of “C”, or its equivalent, was earned is normally accepted in transfer. Besides submitting the application for admission, the transfer applicant must submit directly to St. Mary’s University School of Law:
- an official law school transcript of all work completed;
- a letter of good standing from the Dean of your law school certifying that you are in good standing and eligible to continue and include class rank, if available;
- an official transcript evidencing your bachelor’s degree;
- a letter stating your reasons for wishing to transfer; and
- any letters of recommendation you wish to submit from law professors.
For students previously excluded from St. Mary’s or another law school
Individuals who have been academically dismissed from any law school may apply to St. Mary’s University School of Law as a beginning first-year student any fall term after at least one complete academic year has elapsed. Each admission decision will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Apply to the J.D. Program
A “transient student” is a student who earns academic credit at St. Mary’s toward fulfillment of the graduation requirements of another law school, which will ultimately award the student’s degree.
The typical length of enrollment at St. Mary’s for a transient student is one or two semesters. A student seeking transient status at St. Mary’s must be enrolled at an ABA-approved law school and must submit a Letter of Good Standing from that institution.
For the Fall semester, the application should be submitted July 1 through August 1.
For the Spring semester, the application should be submitted October 1 through November 1.
For the Summer session, the application should be submitted April 1.
Visiting Student Policy
The St. Mary’s University School of Law Office of Career Strategy grants reciprocal services to visiting students of ABA-accredited law schools which afford visiting student services to St. Mary’s students.
Visiting student privileges include the on-campus use of the OCS Student Resource Center materials, in office use of student computers to view job postings, access to all NALP publications and any St. Mary’s University School of Law handouts. The visiting student will be granted access to 12Twenty (CORE) under our reciprocity policy during the time they are enrolled and paying tuition to the St. Mary’s University School of Law.
The Office of Career Strategy’s regular business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the academic year and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer.
The Office of Career Strategy reserves the right to adjust the above-stated policy to match other school’s policies. With or without notice, the Assistant Dean of Career Services may deny further services to any individual who misuses or abuses the staff, facilities, resources, equipment or services, or to any school surpassing a reasonable number of requests within any academic year. If you have any questions, please call 210-436-3511.
For more information regarding transfer and transient students, contact Law School Admissions today.
Law School Admissions
St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228-8601