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Transfer of Credit and Degree Requirements

The transfer program is open only to applicants seeking entry as a second-year student in the fall semester. Applicants who have completed only one semester of law study are not eligible to transfer until after their first year is complete. Applicants transferring from part time or nontraditional programs must consult with the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs determines the amount and type of credit given for work done in other law schools. This determination is typically based on an interview with the transfer student, a review of curriculum information from the previous law school, and in some cases, consultation with faculty members who taught the transfer student at the previous law school.

The Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine the overall number of credits earned, the number of credits to be attributed to each course, and the number of graduation requirements that the transfer student has satisfied. The transfer of credits usually results in the loss of some credit because of differences in graduation requirements and course credits. The dean’s decision is based on the similarity in subject matter and academic rigor between the course as taught at the previous law school and the course as taught at Wake Forest. The dean’s objective is to grant each transfer student the number of credits and fulfillment of degree requirements that students would receive for completing comparable work at Wake Forest.

Transfer Credit Limit

A transfer student must take, at Wake Forest, at least sixty (60%) percent (54 credit hours) of the minimum credit hours required by Wake Forest for the JD degree.

Pass-fail Credits

Wake Forest limits the number of pass/fail credits that students may earn to 7 (with the exception of pass/fail credits in the D.C. Externship program, available to second semester, third year students). The credits that transfer from your previous law school are not counted as pass/fail credits but rather as graded credits (although as explained below, those graded credits are not computed in your G.P.A. at Wake Forest). If a transfer student completes courses at the previous law school after the first two full-time semesters (for instance, a course completed during the summer after the first year), those hours do count against the 7 pass/fail hours that you may count towards your Wake Forest degree.

Grades and Rank

Grades earned by a transfer student at another law school are not included in GPA calculation at Wake Forest. Transfer students are ranked unofficially after completion of the first semester of enrollment at Wake Forest. At that time the rank is established by a dual rank procedure. For example, if a transfer student receives the same GPA as the 32nd ranked person in the class, he or she will also be ranked 32nd in the class.  If the GPA is not identical, ranking is based on best fit. Transfer students are officially ranked cumulatively with their graduating class.