Admission of Transfer Students
George Mason University accepts a limited number of students with advanced standing. Admission of transfer students is highly selective, with most successful applicants ranking in the top 20 to 30 percent of their class at an ABA-approved law school. Transfer students must complete two years of study at George Mason Law. Transfer students are not eligible for joint-degree programs, and scholarship assistance is not generally available.
Students may apply for transfer admission for a fall semester start only and may apply through our early or regular decision programs.
Early Decision: All students who have completed at least one semester (full or part time) at an ABA-accredited law school and submit their completed application by March 15 will be considered through our early decision program and notified of a decision by early May. Acceptances through the early decision program are not binding on the applicant.
Regular Decision: Only students who have completed one year (full or part time) at an ABA-accredited law school will be eligible to apply for transfer admission through the regular decision program.
In general, transfer credits awarded may not exceed 30 units. Grades do not transfer. Transfer credit is given only for work that will be no more than five years old at the time of graduation. Courses in which a grade of less than C was earned are not considered for transfer credit. Transfer applicants who are offered admission will receive written notification of transfer credits awarded from the Records Office. The Records Office also advises accepted transfer students of the courses they will have to take at George Mason Law to complete their degrees.
How to Apply
Applicants seeking transfer admission must provide the following through LSAC:
1. The transfer application form and $35 fee.
2. A personal statement (500 words or less) indicating your reasons for applying for transfer admission.
3. Two letters of recommendation, one from a law professsor at your current law school and one from any recommender.
4. A résumé.
Applicants seeking transfer admission must provide the following directly to the law school:
1. A final, official transcript of law school grades for the entire first year.
2. A letter from the dean or the dean’s designee of the current law school certifying good academic standing and eligibility to continue.
3. A certification of class rank. If the school does not issue class rank, a written explanation from the dean or dean's designee is required.
4. A copy of the first page of your LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report or the CAS Report itself. You can obtain a copy from your Registrar or Records Office or you may request order one from LSAC. Please note that we will not request an applicant's CAS Report from LSAC unless specifically directed by the applicant.
5. Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, if eligible.
You may request that recommendations, certifications, and transcripts be sent directly to George Mason Law, or they may be sent to you with the sender’s signature across the sealed envelope flap. You may then send the unopened materials to us.
These materials should be sent to:
Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive, MS 1G3
Arlington, VA 22201
Transfer Applicant Interviews
The transfer admissions committee may decide that additional information would be helpful in making a final decision and invite the transfer applicant to visit campus for an interview or to participate in a video-conference interview. These interviews are offered by invitation and at the sole discretion of the transfer admissions committee.
Transfer applicants who do not receive an interview invitation are welcome to visit the law school for a tour, and may make an appointment for a nonevaluative informational meeting with an admissions representative.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for submitting an application for transfer admission is July 1. We understand that grades and class ranks may not be available at that time, but we encourage you to submit them as soon after July 1 as you can. Once we have received all your materials, we will render a decision as quickly as possible. We encourage transfer applicants to apply early so that they can participate in the summer write-on competition for law review and journal participation.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
After receiving notification of acceptance to Mason Law, to transfer F-1 immigration status, the international applicant must submit the following forms and documents directly to George Mason University’s Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) as soon as possible:
International Certification of Financial Responsibility
F-1 Student Transfer Eligibility Form
Supporting documents for these two forms.
George Mason University
Office of International Programs and Services
4400 University Drive, MS 4C3
Fairfax, VA 22030
IMPORTANT NOTES ON RACE/ETHNICITY
The US Department of Education is requiring educational institutions to begin reporting data utilizing a two-part race and ethnicity question in response to increased diversity within the United States.
- Ethnicity is based on the following categorization: Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term "Spanish origin" can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
- Race is based on the following five categorizations:
Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples
of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains
tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle
East, or North Africa.
This data will be used only for informational purposes and will not be used to discriminate against or penalize any applicant, or to determine immigration status.