Typically, we admit 15 to 20 2L transfer students each year. Most successful applicants are in the top 10 percent of their 1L class. Below, we'll run through both the life of a transfer student and the nuts and bolts of the application process.
Career Planning. Admitted transfer students participate, along with other second-year students, in our Early Interview Week, in which about 500 employers visit the campus in late July and early August. Transfer students are eligible to bid for any interviews they wish; we allow no pre-screening of candidates by the employers. Just as the students do who enter Michigan Law in their 1L year, our transfer students experience extraordinary success in their legal careers. Of the 58 transfer students from 37 different law schools who have graduated in the past three years, 100% reported jobs within 10 months of graduation. Over 17% began their legal careers with prestigious judicial clerkships, the vast majority at the federal or state supreme court level. More than 65% went to jobs at private firms, with more than 84% of that group going to National Law Journal 250 and American Lawyer 100 firms. Those who chose not to work at firms went on to sought-after legal positions in public interest, the government, and corporations, at employers like the DOJ, EPA, Office of Special Counsel, and the JAG Corps. As a whole, these transfers spread out to 30 cities across the nation and overseas.
Journals. Transfer students are eligible to join the staff of the Law School's eight publications (the Michigan Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the Journal of Gender & Law, the Michigan Technology Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, and the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review). Writing competitions for transfer students are held over the summer. Transfer applicants interested in participating in a student journal are required to register for the transfer student journals writing competition early in the summer. Be advised that journals at Michigan Law are student run; journal application requirements, deadlines, etc. are set wholly at the discretion of each respective journal. Of the 14 transfer students who enrolled in 2019, 8 have joined journal staffs, and many of those students received offers from multiple publications.
Transfer applicants interested in participating in a student journal are required to register for the transfer student journals writing competition early in the summer; details and timing will be available in late May. In order to successfully register for the journals writing competition, you must log in by creating a friend account with your personal email address, or by using a University of Michigan uniqname, and you must continue using your initial method of logging in throughout the competition. Specific details (competition dates, instructions, etc.) for each journal's writing competition will be provided upon registration. All applicants must apply during the registration period regardless of whether an offer of admission has been made, or if one has been made, whether it's been accepted by the applicant. Failure to register during this period will result in being ineligible to participate on a journal.
Curriculum. Admitted transfer students register for classes during transfer-student orientation in August. In our experience, transfer students do not suffer any particular disadvantage in selecting the classes they want. At least two years of credit must be earned in residence at the University of Michigan; in general, transfer students may expect a maximum of one year of transfer credit to be accepted toward the Michigan degree. (In general, transfer applicants must present one full year of academic credit from their home institution.)
Timing. Applications for transfer are accepted beginning May 1. Our application deadline is July 10, but if you are interested in participating in our on-campus Early Interview Week, we strongly encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. If you have any questions about the timing of your application, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. Decisions are made beginning in mid-June.
Requirements. The following documents are necessary to complete a transfer application file; if you have any difficulty obtaining any item from your current law school, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your situation.
Financial Aid. Transfer students are eligible for loans on the same terms as all other second-year students. For full details of the financial-aid application process, please visit the website of our Financial Aid Office. Please note: while providing your Social Security number on the application form is entirely optional, you must provide it to us in order to be processed for federal financial aid, including loans. Therefore, if you do not wish to include the number on your admissions application, but intend to submit the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office (734.764.5289) to discuss.
Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office by telephone (734.764.0537) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have additional questions.
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