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Transfer of Credit Policies

Credit Towards the J.D. Degree for Courses Taken at Other Schools 

  1. Transfer Students. WUCL accepts a limited number of students from other ABA accredited law schools as transfer students. WUCL accepts credit hours earned in an ABA accredited law school when the grade received is a C (2.00) or above (or equivalent). However, grades are not transferable. A transfer student’s grade point average will be based solely upon the course work completed at WUCL.
  2. Visiting Students.
    1. Required Permission. After completion of the first year, a student who is in good academic standing at WUCL may apply to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for permission to become a visiting student at another ABA approved law school. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs has absolute discretion in deciding on the application, as well as in approving the student’s course selection at the other school. Permission to visit will be granted only in exceptional circumstances and, in the case of third-year visits, only for compelling reasons. Permission will not be granted for courses that overlap with courses for which the student has already received credit.
    2. Transfer of Credit. WUCL will accept credit for courses in which the student has received a grade of C (2.00) or higher (or equivalent) at the other school. The courses will count towards the 75 letter-graded credits requirement for graduation, but the grades will not be averaged into the student’s WUCL GPA. Subject to prior approval of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, WUCL will also accept credit for courses taken on a credit/no credit basis if the student received credit at the other school. These courses will be treated as non letter-graded courses for purposes of WUCL’s graduation requirements. To receive WUCL credit, a student must make arrangements with the other school to have an official transcript of the student’s grades sent to WUCL. One hour of semester-credit is granted for each hour of credit completed in a semester-equivalent course. Quarter-hour equivalent courses are pro-rated accordingly.
  3. Summer School. Students who are in good academic standing at WUCL may apply for permission to attend a summer program offered by another ABA accredited law school. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs has absolute discretion in granting the permission and in approving the student’s course selection. Permission will not be granted for courses that overlap with courses for which the student has already received credit. The transfer of credit is governed by the same rules as the transfer of credit for visiting students.
  4. Undergraduate Courses. Generally, WUCL does not give credit for courses taken at an undergraduate college. However, up to four hours of credit may be given for foreign language courses taken at Willamette University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) or in conjunction with a WUCL program abroad. Students must contact the CLA Registrar's office to register for a CLA course.
  5. Courses Taken at the Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM).  Generally, candidates for the WUCL J.D. degree may take up to 6 credit hours of other course work at AGSM.  AGSM courses do not count toward satisfying the 75 letter-graded hours graduation requirement of WUCL but AGSM courses may be used to satisfy the 90-credit hour graduation requirement of WUCL if the student receives grades equal to or higher than AGSM’s graduation requirement in those courses [ie, B(3.00)].

 Credit Towards an LL.M. Degree for Courses Taken at Other Schools

 WUCL does not accept transfer credits for its LL.M. programs.