Transfer and Visiting Student Apply/Check Status

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 schools.


Transfer Students:

To be considered for transfer admission to NIU College of Law, you must:

  • Submit an application between May 1st and July 31st.  NIU College of Law, in partnership with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), offers an online application.  For technical assistance with the online application form, contact LSAC at (215) 968-1393.  The LSAC online application is the only method of application.
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $50 through LSAC.
  • Submit a personal statement through LSAC.
  • Submit a resumé through LSAC.
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Register and have a complete Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report. NIU College of Law's CAS code is 1559.
  • Submit an official transcript via mail.  The transcript must include spring semester grades.
  • Submit a letter of good standing via mail from your law school dean/registrar cerifying that you are in good academic standing and are unconditionallly eligible for readmission to your law school after completion of all first-year law courses.
  • Submit a class rank letter via mail from your law school dean/registrar.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation (from a law professor) via the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service or via mail. 

Once you have applied:

  • Check your application status here.

A few important things to note:

  • A student who is in good standing and who has completed the equivalent of one year of law school (24 to 32 credit hours) at another ABA-accredited law school may apply for admission to complete the last two years at NIU College of Law.  Transfer applicants may apply only to the fall full-time day program.  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.
  • Typically, transfer students who are admitted to NIU College of Law are among the top halves of their classes based on their first-year law school grades.  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.  At least 55 of the 90 credits required for the J.D. degree must be earned at NIU College of Law.
  • Transfer students are eligible for scholarships.
  • 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 ont he basis of race, color, religion, sex, 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 the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Center, 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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Visiting Students:

To be considered for visiting admission to NIU College of Law, you must:

  • Submit an application between May 1st and July 31st for fall admission and between January 1st and November 1st for spring admission.  NIU College of Law, in partnership with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), offers an online application.  For technical assistance with the online application form, contact the LSAC at (215) 968-1393.  The LSAC online application is the only method of application.
  • Submit an official law school transcript via mail.
  • Submit a letter of good standing via mail from your law school dean/registrar cerifying that you are in good academic standing and are unconditionallly eligible for readmission to your law school after completion of all first-year law courses.

Once you have applied:

  • Check your application status here.

A few important things to note:

  • A law student currently registered at another ABA-accredited law school who would like to visit NIU College of Law for a term or would like to complete his/her final year at NIU College of Law may apply.  His/her home law school awards the Juris Doctor degree and agrees to accept credits from NIU College of Law.
  • Students seeking a change from visiting to transfer status must meet the standards established and administered by the admissions committee and the Faculty of NIU College of Law.

Nondiscrimination Policy:

  • Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, 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 the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Center, 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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