Admission of Visiting Students

Students attending other law schools may apply to George Mason University School of Law for visiting status. George Mason Law accepts a number of visiting students each semester and for the summer term. Visiting students may not transfer to degree status.

Eligibility

A student in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school is eligible to apply to George Mason Law for admission as a visiting student. The student must obtain permission from his or her home law school to attend George Mason Law as a visiting student and confirmation that the credits earned will be accepted as transfer credits at the home law school.

For the fall and spring semesters, visiting students must carry a full courseload of 8-11 credits (for part-time study) or 12-15 credits (full-time study).

Permission to be a visiting student is granted only on a semester basis. A student who visits during a fall or spring semester, or during a summer term, may submit a written request to renew his or her visiting status for an additional semester or for a summer term (subject, of course, to permission from the visitor’s home law school). A student seeking to continue visiting status need not repeat the entire application process.

Final Semester Visitors

Students who visit at George Mason Law during their final semester are cautioned that George Mason Law cannot provide notification of grades or an official transcript to your home law school any earlier than we provide this information to our own law students. It is incumbent upon the visitor to check with his or her home law school to ensure that this will not create a graduation problem. Questions or concerns regarding this matter should be addressed to the law school Records Office at 703.993.8015.

Transcript Released to Home Law School

The Records Office of George Mason University School of Law will send automatically an official transcript of work undertaken at the law school to your home law school as soon as all grades have been recorded.

How to Apply

Applicants seeking visiting student admission must provide the following:

  1. The visiting student application form and $35 fee payable electronically through LSAC.
  2. Applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service so that George Mason Law will receive a current law school report furnished by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The law school report must reflect all work done at the home school. The applicant has sole responsibility for meeting all of LSAC's requirements. Failure to register properly, maintain registration throughout the visiting admission process, or provide a law school transcript and related materials to LSAC can delay or prevent release of a report to a law school. George Mason is not responsible for incomplete or missing reports and will not contact applicants about incomplete or missing reports.
    The George Mason University School of Law Recipient Code is 5827.
  3. A letter from the dean (or the dean’s designate) of the home law school that includes:
    a. certification of applicant’s good academic standing;
    b. authorization for the applicant to visit at George Mason Law; and
    c. a statement of the minimum grade and maximum number of credits the home school will accept. The letter should be in a sealed envelope bearing the dean’s signature across the sealed envelope flap.

    The letter should be sent directly to:

    George Mason University School of Law
    Admissions Office
    3301 Fairfax Drive, MS 1G3
    Arlington, VA 22201
     
  4. A 300-word statement indicating your reasons for applying as a visiting student.
  5. Résumé.
  6. Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates (required only for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition rates). Applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition rates must complete (and include) the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates. To print, go to www.law.gmu.edu/assets/files/admissions/instate_form.pdf. See Section 23-7.4, Code of Virginia, and registrar.gmu.edu/domicile regarding eligibility.

Deadline for Submission

The deadlines for completing applications for visiting status are:

Summer Term — May 1; Fall Semester — July 1; Spring Semester — December 1

IMPORTANT NOTES ON RACE/ETHNICITY

The U.S. 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.

  1. 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."
  2. Race is based on the following five categorizations:

American 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.

White: 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.