Transfer/Visiting Student

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Transfer Students

We invite applications from students who are currently attending other fully accredited ABA law schools for advanced standing. Transfer students are normally admitted to begin studies in the fall with applications being due by July 1. However, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, applicants for admission to advanced standing may be admitted to begin studies in the spring semester — contact the Admissions Office for more information about this option.

Application Process

Admissions decisions are based on your completed file, which must contain the items listed below and be submitted by July 1. Because the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant's entire law school record, decisions usually cannot be made until the end of July or August. No decision will be made until an applicant's complete transcript, including rank in class, is received from all prior schools at which law study was conducted.

  1. Application. The application form must be completed and signed. Applications are available for download from the Law School Admission Council's website*. Upon completion, follow the instructions carefully for the submission of the application and fee.

    *If you have a problem linking with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) or filling out your application, please contact the Admissions Office (207) 780-4341 and we will assist you with the submission of your application to the University of Maine School of Law.

  2. Law School Transcript with Class Standing (official). This may be mailed directly to the law school:

    University of Maine School of Law
    Admissions Office
    246 Deering Avenue
    Portland, ME 04102
  3. CAS Report (including LSAT scores, college transcripts and analysis of college transcripts).
  4. Letter of Good Standing from Law School Dean.
  5. Letter(s) of Recommendation. Each applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation. There is no separate recommendation form; letters of recommendation may be sent directly from the recommender, submitted through the CAS Recommendation Service. Please do not ask recommenders to mail materials directly to the Law School.
  6. Personal Statement. A personal statement, written in your own words, that tells us more about you, is required. The subject matter is up to you but keep in mind that the reader will be seeking a sense of you as a person and also as a potential student and graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. It is an opportunity for you to include any information that will help the Admissions Committee act on your application and that sets you apart in a significant way from other applicants. We encourage you to develop a statement that provides the Committee with insights that cannot be obtained from the LSDAS report, resume (if included) or other information contained in the application. Please note, a resume may not be submitted in lieu of the personal statement.
  7. Application Fee of $50, payable through the LSAC website.
  8. Optional Statement. You may include an addendum addressing any economic, cultural, and/or societal factors, your academic record, or LSAT results, which would provide the Admissions Committee with additional insight into your application.

Transfer of Credit

A student who has been accepted for transfer to the University of Maine School of Law will be given credit for the number of hours accepted in transfer as determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Courses completed with a grade of "C" or above are eligible for transfer, and a maximum of 32 hours of course credit may be transferred. The prior grades of a transfer student will not be computed into the student's grade point average.

Visiting Students

We invite applications from students in good standing at other fully accredited ABA law schools to visit at Maine Law for one or two semesters' study, subject to approval by their home school. The standards for admission and the application process for visiting students are the same as those for transfer students. In addition, students must also submit a letter of permission from their law school dean. Visiting students must comply with the academic procedures and standards of Maine Law.

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