Successful LL.M. students at California Western may apply to enter the J.D. program as transfer students and receive credit for eligible coursework taken as LL.M. students. Candidates who apply under this provision will not be required to take the LSAT exam.
The applicant’s grades and the coursework completed in the LL.M. program will be the primary considerations in deciding whether a student will be allowed to transfer into the J.D. program. To be eligible to apply, students must have (1) completed a minimum of 17 credits and a maximum of 26 credits of course work in J.D. eligible courses (i.e. excluding courses that are only available to LL.M. students), including at least two courses in bar tested subjects with grades of not less than 2.0, and (2) earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.12. Admission and transfer of credits toward the J.D. degree will be determined in light of a number of factors including scholastic aptitude as demonstrated by performance in courses taken at California Western, and recommendations from California Western professors. The number of transfer credits accepted will be determined by the Vice Dean and the chair(s) of the Admissions Committee. LL.M. students may not receive J.D. credit for any courses that were only available to LL.M. students.
Students admitted to the J.D. program must complete all of the academic requirements for the J.D. degree, including all first-year and upper-level required coursework. Students must complete all required first-year coursework (unless they took any of these courses as an LL.M. student) and receive a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in those first-year courses (whenever taken) to continue beyond their fourth trimester of law school (including the two trimesters they were in the LL.M. program). Once students transfer into the J.D. program, they must comply with and satisfy all of the J.D. Academic Policies and will be graded and treated as J.D. students, including being subject to Academic Policies 2.01(c) and 9.01(c).
LLM to JD Bridge Application