Transfer Applicants

Candidates wishing to transfer from another accredited law school must follow the procedure for regular applicants. In addition, transfer applicants must provide transcripts showing the grades of all law coursework attempted and a letter from the dean of their previous law school attesting that the student is in good academic standing and eligible to re-enroll.

Submit Transcripts

Submit Letter of Recommendation

Transfer applicants must also request an official copy of the CAS report to be sent to the USD School of Law Office of Admissions from LSAC. Photocopies will not be accepted. Electronic requests for reports may be made here.

Credit for courses in which the student earned a grade of C or better usually will transfer, but those grades will not be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average at the School of Law. Determination of transfer credit acceptance is made by the associate dean.  

To be eligible for a juris doctor degree, a student must complete at least 50 semester hours of work in residence.

For further information, contact the office of admissions at or 605-677-6358.

Visiting Students

A law student wishing to attend USD Law as a visiting student must complete an online application via LSAC and provide a letter from the dean of the law school at which he or she is a degree candidate certifying that the student is in good academic standing and eligible to re-enroll. A visiting student must have the permission of his or her dean to enroll in any classes offered at the School of Law and may enroll only in those courses that have received prior approval.

Dean’s letters may be sent to: USD School of Law, Office of Admissions, 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069

For further information contact the Office of Admissions at or 605-677-6358.