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School of Law Admissions

J.D. Admissions Requirements

Our J.D. degree is a full-time program that combines sophisticated legal theory with numerous opportunities to put theory into practice.

J.D. Transfer & Visiting Students Admissions Requirements

Transfer Students
The Office of Admissions welcomes transfer students each year for the J.D. program. In order to be eligible for transfer, you must be a student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Most successful transfer students are in the top half of their law school class. Our review process is holistic and considers all the information you submit, but we pay particular attention to your performance in the first year of law school.

Visiting Students
Typically, a few students are admitted each year as visiting students after the second year of study at another law school. Students interested in visiting the University of Richmond School of Law should follow the instructions for transfer students. Additionally, the letter from the dean of the law school you are presently attending should state that your current law school is willing to accept grades earned at the University of Richmond School of Law as credit toward your degree.

Two-Year J.D. for International Lawyers Admission Requirements

Lawyers with a first degree in law from outside the United States who are admitted to our program receive one year’s credit toward their Juris Doctor degree. This enables them to graduate in two years but still to receive the same J.D. degree that our three-year students receive.

Two-year students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They take the regular first-year curriculum required of all J.D. students and in the second year select from an extensive array of elective courses and seminars.

LLM & LLM/MBA Admission Requirements

A top-ranked law school in a vibrant capital city. Exceptional faculty with global experience. Small classes, personalized programs, and student and faculty mentorship opportunities. It's all part of the international student experience at the University of Richmond School of Law.