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The Application Process and Financial Aid

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Transfer Application Information

Each year, Boston College Law School admits transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 29 credits and one year of full-time study at an American Bar Association-approved law school. Transfer admission is based in large part on your performance at your current law school. Advanced standing credit maybe awarded for a maximum of 33 credits. The JD degree will be awarded after successful completion of the remaining two years of full-time study at Boston College Law School.

More information on transfer of credits


All applicants must submit through LSAC's website (www.lsac.org) the following information:

  • Completed and signed Transfer application to Boston College Law School. 
  • Letter stating your reasons for wishing to transfer to Boston College Law School. 
  • Letter of Good Standing from the dean of your current law school. 
  • A transcript of all law school grades, including class rank if/when available.
  • Letter of recommendation from a current law professor. 
  • A copy of your CAS report from LSAC, to be sent directly to Boston College Law School. 
  • A current copy of your résumé. 
  • An application fee of $75 (US Dollars).  Fee waivers are not available for transfer applications.

Timetable:

Transfer applications may be submitted March 1 through July 1, 2014.  NOTE: TRANSFER APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1, 2014.  Complete first year law school grades are required.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  For those accepted, a $1,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit will be due by July 1, or by the date specified on the letter of acceptance.

Please contact our office if you have additional questions. We look forward to receiving your application.

Character and Fitness:

You are advised that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the Bar. We encourage you, prior to matriculation, to determine what the requirements are in the state(s) where you intend to practice.

Financial Aid Information

Transfer applicants:
To apply for financial aid, transfer applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and provide Boston College’s federal school code which is 002128.  With the receipt of your FAFSA information, we will award you a federal Stafford Loan of $20,500 for the year and you will be eligible to apply for a federal Grad PLUS Loan to pay for the remainder of your tuition as well as your living expenses.  We regret that we are unable to offer scholarship or grant assistance to transfer students.

Admitted transfer students: If you are accepted for admission, please be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office at your former law school to notify them that you will be attending BC Law in the fall. If you have applied for loans through your prior law school, you will need to cancel those loans and reapply through Boston College.

Fall tuition bills: Tuition is billed in June and payment is due by early August. Approved Stafford and Grad PLUS Loans will be deducted from the billing statement. Any remaining balance must be paid by the August deadline.

Refunds: All loan proceeds will be sent directly to Boston College at the start of each semester and credited to your student account.  If the loans you receive are more than what you owe Boston College, you may go online through the Agora Portal during the week before classes begin and request that your credit balance be refunded to you via direct deposit to your personal bank account.  Refunds cannot be issued until after the first day of classes. Please note that refunds are not processed until the aid is received.

Loan deferment forms:
Boston College participates in the National Student Loan Clearinghouse. This organization specializes in confirming student status for loan guarantors and servicers. They are updated electronically once per month with Boston College's enrollment data, and certify students according to the information that we provide.

Law School Financial Aid Office: 1-617-552-4243