Visiting J.D. Program
Law students who seek academic credit at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law for transfer to another ABA-approved law school must apply as visiting students. Visiting students may enter in either the Fall or Spring semester for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two semesters. Visiting students must be in good standing at an ABA-approved law school. NOTE: Visiting status cannot be converted to transfer status.
The file completion deadline is 35 days before the beginning of the semester of intended enrollment. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the application file is complete.
2020-2021 Important Dates and Deadlines
|April 4||Application Opens|
|July 15*||File Completion Deadline|
*Application files received after the final deadline will be reviewed if seats remain available.
Visiting J.D. Application Requirements
You may apply before you receive your undergraduate degree. However, before you matriculate, you must provide official transcripts showing that you have been awarded a baccalaureate degree from a college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or be the foreign equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.
- Submission of all post-secondary transcripts for all post-secondary schools ever attended and reflecting degree conferral(s); and
- Official law school transcripts with most recent semester’s grades posted.
Applicants must register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts from each U.S. college or university ever attended are sent to the CAS, regardless of credits being transferred or applied toward degree requirements.
Letters should be submitted directly through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service that is included with your CAS registration subscription.
The letter of good standing must include class rank based including the most recent semester’s grades (or a statement that the school does not rank students). Applicants must send the letter of good standing after the most recent semester’s grades have been posted.
Visiting applicants are required to submit a personal statement outlining the reason(s) the applicants are seeking to visit. The personal statement is also viewed as a document demonstrating their writing ability; therefore, the personal statement must be written by the applicant.
CAS Evaluation of Foreign Transcript(s)
The S.J. Quinney College of Law requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service. If an applicant completed any postsecondary academic work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, they must use this service for the evaluation of their foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if an applicant completed the foreign work through a study-abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.
This service is included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and will be incorporated into your Credential Assembly Service Law School Report. To use the Credential Assembly Service for your international documents, follow the online instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about foreign transcripts and the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report (if necessary)
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are not required to submit a TOEFL score if they have received a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an institution whose primary language of instruction is English.
Visiting applicants may submit any other information they believe is relevant.
*Files will be processed if a valid LSAT score and LSAT writing sample are on file unless the candidate requests a hold on review.