Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 Applicants
Application fee waived for 2018 J.D. transfer applicants
Chicago-Kent welcomes transfer applications from students who have previously enrolled for at least one year at another ABA-accredited law school. Transfer students may seek admission as either full- or part-time J.D. students, and may also seek admission into the certificate programs in business law, environmental and energy law, intellectual property law, international and comparative law, labor and employment law, and public interest law. If space is available, transfer students may also seek admission into the certificate programs in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (LADR) and criminal litigation.
Admission to the law school is highly competitive. The Admissions Committee will consider transfer applicants for admission based upon their law school performance in addition to Chicago-Kent's other admissions standards. Particular emphasis is given to first-year law school performance, the nature and rigor of the undergraduate curriculum, writing ability, the personal statement, and letters of recommendation, particularly those from academic sources. Each file is reviewed individually. Students who are not currently in good standing at another law school are not eligible for transfer admission and will not be considered.
Applicants for admission to Chicago-Kent must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning classes at the law school in mid-August. Any applicant who will not have completed his or her degree before the date that he or she expects to start law school should notify the Office of Admissions, in writing, as soon as this fact is known.
We recommend that you submit the Chicago-Kent online application, which is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). There are separate application forms for fall and spring transfer admission. If you are not able to complete the application online, please contact the Office of Admissions at (312) 906-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a PDF of the application form.
Please be certain to read each question carefully and make certain that you have completed every item on the application so that review of your application is not delayed. All materials submitted with, or in support of, an application become the property of Chicago-Kent and are not returnable.
It is your responsibility to make sure that all statements that you make on the application are accurate and complete. You are required to inform us, in writing, of any changes in the information you have provided. Any failure to supply accurate, complete, or updated information may result in a filing of applicant misconduct with LSAC, withdrawal of any offer of admission, or cancellation of registration, and may be a violation of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Code of Conduct. It may also jeopardize your eventual admission to the bar.
Information on sex, age, ethnic origin, and citizenship status is collected for compliance reports in connection with federal regulations pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended by Executive Order 11375 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 86, 45 C.F.R. and is not mandatory. All information is confidential and will not be used to discriminate in admission to or participation in any of the educational programs or activities offered in the colleges of Illinois Institute of Technology.
An application is considered complete only when we have received all of the documents described below. The application fee is waived for 2018 J.D. transfer applicants.
Application for Admission
Transfer students may apply to begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester. Although there is no absolute deadline for transfer applications, we suggest that you complete, electronically certify, and submit your application to the Office of Admissions by December 1 for spring admission or July 1 for fall admission.
A personal statement is required of all applicants. Because we do not grant evaluative interviews, you should consider the personal statement to be your interview opportunity with the Admissions Committee. You may want to use the personal statement to explain a particular part of your transcript or application, to elaborate on significant personal or professional accomplishments, or to provide supplemental information that will help the Admissions Committee evaluate your application. The statement should be approximately two to three typewritten pages in length. A résumé may accompany the personal statement.
Applicants who want significant personal information considered in the review process, especially information regarding membership in a minority or disadvantaged group; information about financial, social, physical, or educational obstacles they have overcome; or a detailed history of standardized test results, may include this information in their personal statement or in an addendum. Native American applicants may indicated their tribal affiliation and enrollment number on the application form and/or attach a heritage statement that describes their background and affiliation with an American Indian or Alaskan Native community.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation play a useful role in the selection process, and the Admissions Committee requires all applicants to submit at least one letter. You may submit a maximum of four letters of recommendation with your application. The most helpful letters are written by law school professors or other professors who have taught you in substantive, upper-level college or postgraduate courses, and who can provide candid and thoughtful evaluations of your academic ability and potential for the study of law. If you are unable to obtain an academic recommendation, letters from employers or others who have worked closely with you will be helpful.
We recommend that your letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service that is included in your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) subscription. To use this service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined on LSAC's website. If you choose not to use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, you may use the Chicago-Kent College of Law Letter of Recommendation Form. You do not need to use the Chicago-Kent form if you use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
Federal law gives students in attendance at Chicago-Kent the right to review letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf unless that right is waived. While applicants are not required to make such a waiver, they are advised that some people may not be willing to provide a recommendation in its absence. The letter of recommendation forms have a place to mark your preference. Please mark them before giving them to your recommenders. Any additional letters submitted on your behalf must contain a statement regarding your waiver preference.
LSAT/Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
All candidates must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and have official transcripts sent directly to LSAC from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. Further information can be obtained from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If an applicant takes the LSAT more than once, the Admissions Committee may consider the average score, the more recent score, or the higher score, depending on individual circumstances. Preference is typically given to the highest score earned.
Applicants who have completed more than one year of postsecondary work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada must have their academic records translated and evaluated, at their own expense, and sent to Chicago-Kent. Applicants may either submit their transcripts through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) or may submit a detailed, course-by-course evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Course-by-course evaluations must identify each educational credential, provides its U.S. equivalent, and provides credit and grade equivalents for each academic subject studied. The report must be mailed directly to Chicago-Kent from the credential evaluation service. Applications will not be reviewed without an original, detailed credential evaluation.
Applicants are exempted from this requirement if the total amount of work completed at all international institutions combined is the equivalent of one year or less of undergraduate study in the United States, its territories, or Canada. This exemption includes international work completed through a study-abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, where the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript.
Chicago-Kent may grant advanced standing to applicants who hold a first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school. Chicago-Kent may grant up to 29 credit hours based on the applicant's prior legal study. For further information, please see the International JD Applicants webpage.
Law School Transcripts and Letters of Good Standing
All transfer applicants must submit official law school transcripts and letters of good standing from all previously attended law schools directly to the Office of Admissions. Photocopied documents and unofficial copies provided to the applicant by the law school are not acceptable and will not be considered.
Reapplication for Admission
Applicants who wish to reapply for admission must submit the current application form, an updated personal statement and all other required application materials. The LSAT need not be retaken if the test was taken within the last five years. However, applicants must re-register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service, making certain that the report includes an analysis of all undergraduate credits earned.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this application or its instructions concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curriculum, and courses. Changes will be duly published.
If you have questions about the admissions process, we encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 312.906.5020 or by email.