Transfer of Credit from Other Law Schools
Transfer credit will be given only under the circumstances described in this section.
A student must obtain at least a “C+” or better in each course for the credit to count towards the CUNY School of Law degree.
CUNY Law does not accept transfer credit for courses taken pass/fail.
(If a student earns a grade of C+ or lower or has taken a course on a pass/fail basis, the student will not receive transfer credit for the class.)
A student who takes a course that has been approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and who receives a grade of “C+” or better will not receive transfer credit until the Office of Registration and Records Management receives an official transcript for that student from the other law school.
All grades of “C+” or better in transfer credit courses will be entered as “Credit” on the student’s CUNY School of Law transcript and will not be calculated into a student’s grade point average.
To receive transfer credit for courses that were successfully completed at another law school prior to admission to CUNY School of Law, a student must request consideration for credit in his or her application for admission to the Law School. If a student requests such consideration, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine whether, or how many, credits will be granted. In compliance with Law School policy, no more than 28 credit-hours can be transferred.
Currently Enrolled Students
Requests for transfer of credit should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who must approve both the course and the request to transfer credits prior to the student taking the course. We may accept credits from other law schools that are earned during the period of matriculation toward the CUNY degree in three circumstances:
- With the advance permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, which may be granted only to accommodate exceptional circumstances, a student may earn up to 28 hours of credit towards the CUNY School of Law degree as a visiting student at another ABA-approved law school.
- With the advance permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, which may be granted to permit a student to take a course not offered at the Law School at all or, with respect to failed, required courses, not offered at the Law School in the student’s final semester or in other exceptional circumstances is approved by the Academic Dean.
- With the advance permission of the Office of Academic Affairs, which may be granted only if the courses are not offered at the Law School and are important to the student’s career goals, or if there are significant extenuating circumstances, a student may earn up to 7 hours of credit in a summer session and up to 14 hours of credit in two summer sessions at another ABA-accredited law school.
Procedures for Approval and Transfer of Course Credit from Other Law Schools
To receive credit for approved courses obtained as a visiting student at another ABA-approved law school, the student must complete a “Non-CUNY Permit” form and a “Request to Attend Classes at Other Law Schools” form. (These forms are available in the Academic Affairs and Registrar’s offices). Visiting credits will be transferred only for courses that were previously approved by the Associate Dean and in which a student receives a grade of “C+” or better.
Courses that are graded Pass/Fail will not be accepted.
Transfer of Credit from Non-Law School Courses
CUNY School of Law School will accept up to 12 credits of non-law school graduate level credits from an accredited University or College. Students must be in good standing and must receive advance permission from the Academic Dean.
No non-law school credits may be taken pass/fail and student’s must receive a B or above to receive law school credit. The grade will appear on your CUNY Law transcript as a Credit and will not be calculated into your GPA. The credits will also not count toward any law school required course or count toward the 64 classroom hours required by the Court of Appeals.