Successful LLM students at California Western may apply to enter the JD program as transfer students and receive credit for eligible coursework taken as LLM 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 LLM program will be the primary considerations in deciding whether a student will be allowed to transfer into the JD 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 JD eligible courses (i.e. excluding courses that are only available to LLM 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 JD 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. LLM students may not receive JD credit for any courses that were only available to LLM students.
Students admitted to the JD program must complete all of the academic requirements for the JD 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 LLM 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 LLM program). Once students transfer into the JD program, they must comply with and satisfy all of the JD Academic Policies and will be graded and treated as JD students, including being subject to Academic Policies 2.01(c) and 9.01(c).