Transferring to the J.D. Program
LLM to JD Transfer Program
1. International LL.M. students who have a minimum Grade Point Average equivalent to 3.3/B+ and who have completed two semesters worth of work in our LL.M. programs may apply as a transfer student to the J.D. program under the regular J.D. transfer process. This process is limited to international students in one of our LL.M. programs; LL.M. students at other schools are not eligible.
2. These students will not have to take the LSAT, though they should complete all other aspects of the transfer application process which can be found on our web site. When possible, the J.D. Admissions Committee will utilize material from the applicant's LL.M. file, including transcripts from foreign law schools and TOEFL scores.
3. LL.M. students applying to the transfer program will need to take a minimum of one required first year (J.D.) course on a graded basis (not pass-fail) in their first two semesters and also submit two letters of recommendation from the University of Connecticut School of Law faculty, one of which must come from the professor teaching the required first year course.
4. LL.M. students who apply will be notified if they have been accepted into the J.D. program after grades have been received for at least two academic semesters within the LL.M. program. This should allow adequate time to review the application after receipt of the second semester’s grades and still provide sufficient time to obtain any necessary visa approval.
5. Once accepted into the J.D. program, LL.M. graduates will be able to transfer credits for most courses taken at the Law School, provided that the examination in such courses was conducted on "substantially the same terms" as J.D. students. For example, credits in courses with proctored exams can only be transferred if the student completed the exam under the same conditions as J.D. students (i.e., they received no extra time in writing the examination). The four credits for the required U.S. Law & Legal Institutions and Legal Research and Writing courses do not transfer. Some required first year courses for J.D. students may be offered over two semesters (for example, Civil Procedure I and II); LL.M. students who enroll in these courses must take them for a grade and complete both semesters in order to receive transfer credit. While credit earned for the LL.M. writing requirement (a research paper or thesis) can transfer, the LL.M. paper will not satisfy the J.D. Upperclass Writing Requirement.
6. J.D. Admissions will require LL.M. students to have a minimum TOEFL score of 100/250/ 600 (Internet/Computer/Written) either when applying to the LL.M. program, or prior to admission to the J.D. program. This requirement can be waived under appropriate circumstances. Subject to the discretion of the J.D. Admissions Committee, LL.M. students whose language of instruction was English in their foreign law program will generally be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
7. LL.M. students must complete their LL.M. program before beginning their J.D. studies.