Transfer Students

*** Information for Fall 2024 will be posted in May

Transfer Student Ask Me Anything Sessions 

Please join your fellow admitted students to ask about anything on your mind.  Each virtual session will be hosted by both an admissions representative as well as a current student who transferred to GW Law.  We look forward to chatting with you and answering all of your questions!  Please register in advance. Stay tuned for session dates! 

Information for Fall 2023 Transfer Students

Transfer of Credit

A student may transfer a maximum of 31 credits from a previous law school. There are no exceptions to this rule. A grade of C- or better (under the previous school’s grading system) must have been earned in a course in order to transfer the credit hours to our law school. To receive credit for coursework where a non-letter grade (e.g., Pass "P") is recorded, the incoming student is responsible for demonstrating that the non-letter grade meets the C- or better standard. All transferred hours will be reflected as grades of Transfer Credit (“TR”) on the GW Law Transcript. Transferred credits will have no effect on your GW Law grade point average.

The required first-year curriculum at GW Law includes the following courses: Contracts, Torts, Property, Legislation and Regulation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law I, and Fundamentals of Lawyering I and II. A transfer student who, upon matriculation, has not completed one or more of these courses at his or her prior law school must complete any required course the first time the class is offered for the student’s program You will not need to match courses credit-per-credit. Rather, you must have obtained more than half of the credits required at GW Law. For example, GW Law requires four credits for Contracts. If your original law school required only three credits of Contracts, you nevertheless will have satisfied our requirement for Contracts. If your original law school required only three credits of Contracts, you nevertheless will have satisfied our requirement for Contracts. For information on GW Law's graduation requirements, please see the Academic & Course Advising website.

Once you have submitted your deposit, you must contact the Dean of Students Office at [email protected]. After receipt and review of an official transcript, that office will determine the number of credits the law school will accept for each of the courses you successfully completed in your first year. Before orientation, you will be provided with a Transfer Credit Memo (TCM) indicating the GW Law courses satisfied, any required course enrollments, and your remaining graduation requirements. The Dean of Students Office will notify you of opportunities for academic advising.

Recognizing that transfer students may have pending credit due to summer coursework at their original institution, the deadline for submitting a complete, final official transcript from your prior institution, is October 15, 2023. A complete, final official transcript must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office in order to finalize your Admissions file and to ensure all qualifying credits transfer. Once received, the Admissions Office will share your transcript with the Dean of Students Office for review and make any revisions to your TCM as appropriate. 

Paying Your Seat Deposit

In order to secure your place in the incoming class, you must submit a non-refundable deposit. The amount of your deposit and the deadline for payment of your deposit will be detailed in your letter of admission. You may pay your deposit online via the GWeb Information System. GWeb is the University system that you will use throughout your time at GW to register for courses, view your grades, and access your student account. GWeb will allow you to pay your deposit either through credit card or electronic bank transfer.

Please follow these instructions to log into GWeb:

  1. Create your GW Applicant Account

  2. After creating your applicant account, go to GWeb, and select Applicants

  3. Enter the email address you used to create your GW Applicant account and click Next.

  4. Check your personal email inbox to retrieve the Account verification code. (If you do not receive the Account verification code email, wait a few minutes and then click try again to have it resent.)

  5. Enter the Account verification code and click Next.

  6. From the Main Menu page, select Admissions. On the Admissions page, select Pay Enrollment Deposit.

  7. You will then be routed to Touch Net, the payment gateway. Select Deposits from the menu at the top of the page.

  8. From the dropdown menu on the first screen, select Fall 2023 as your enrollment term. Picking a term other than your admission term may result in delays in processing your deposit.

  9. In the next dropdown menu, select the deposit category that corresponds to the school to which you have been admitted (e.g., Law School Admission). Enter the required payment amount and select Make Deposit Payment.

  10. Choose either Credit Card or Electronic Check as your payment method.

Credit Card Payment

If you have chosen Credit Card as your payment method, the system will prompt you to enter your credit card information. The following credit cards are accepted for payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. The system will confirm your payment once you have entered the required information. Keep a copy of the Payment Confirmation page for your records. You will also receive an automatic e-mail confirming your payment.

Electronic Check Payments

If you have a U.S. bank account and wish to pay your deposit via electronic check, please follow these instructions:

  1. Choose Electronic Check (checking/savings) as your payment method.
  2. Enter your bank account information:
    • Select the Account Type from the drop-down menu (checking or savings) and enter the ABA Routing Number.
    • Enter the Account Number.
    • Confirm the Account Number.
    • Enter the Name on the Account.
    • To save this payment method for future use, check the box and create a name for this payment method.
    • Click Continue.
  3. Review and agree to the terms of the authorization statement. Click Submit.
  4. Keep a copy of the Payment Confirmation page for your records. You will also receive an automatic e-mail confirming the payment.

Registration Information

Please review the Fall 2023 course selection information (including a schedule of classes, exam schedule, and list of closed classes) on the Records Office webpage.

 In order to register for the courses, you select, you must:

  1. Submit the required deposit by the due date as outlined in your admission email. Your student record and student account, which allow you to register for classes, will be created once the deposit has been received.

  2. Select your courses for the Fall semester. Please see the Dean of Students Academic Advising webpage for an overview of graduation requirements. If you would like additional guidance regarding course selection, please contact our Dean of Students Office at (202) 994-8320 or [email protected]

  3. The GWeb online registration system will be opened on August 16. Please note that if you register prior to obtaining your Transfer Credit Memo (TCM), you may be required to modify your schedule to include any required first-year courses. Classes for the Fall 2023 semester, some required 1L courses will start on Monday, August 21, 2023. Upper-level classes for the Fall 2023 term begin on Monday, August 28, 2023. The Add/Drop period, when students can add or drop classes from their schedule, begins at registration and will end on September 5, 2023.

  4. Instructions for registering for classes using GWeb:

    1. Your User ID for GWeb registration is your GWid. Your GWid is the uppercase letter “G” followed by an 8-digit number. To retrieve your GWid, you can do so via the GWid Retrieval website and select the “SSN + Date of Birth” retrieval method.

    2. To register, go to the MyGW Portal and select “gweb info system.”

    3. Contact the Records Office (open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., (202) 994-6261 or e-mail at [email protected]) if you have any problems completing online registration.

When planning your class schedule, take special heed of the exam schedule on the web. The Law School has a very strict policy regarding final exams. Every student is required to take the regular examination at the scheduled date and time. Therefore, you should select classes with the exam schedule in mind. Students can have two exams in one day, although this is not advisable. Exams on successive days are not uncommon. There are no pre-scheduled “make-up days” for exams. 

Please note that due to the high number of ungraded courses that will already be reflected on your transcript, you will be permitted a maximum of eight (8) total ungraded credits beyond the number of credit hours transferred to GW Law from your prior institution. Ungraded credits, GW Law’s version of pass/fail, are referred to as Credit/No Credit (CR/NC). Courses evaluated with Honors/Pass/Low Pass/No Credit are also considered ungraded courses. You may take any number of CR/NC courses including, but not limited to clinics, field placements, or moot court competitions up to the 8 CR/NC limit. You may not, however, convert a regularly graded course to CR/NC given the high number of ungraded courses that will have transferred to your GW Law transcript—regardless of the number. Transfer students typically enter with 24 or more ungraded credits, well beyond the 17 CR/NCs permitted for law students matriculating as 1Ls. Given this limitation, you should be judicious about which CR/NC courses you choose.

Each semester, the first week's reading assignments and class syllabi can be found on your GWeb Portal. They will be located on the left side of the portal under “documents.”

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 academic year are $69,740.00 per year ($34,870.00 per semester) for full-time study or $2,450.00 per credit hour for part-time study (up to a maximum of 11 credits per semester). 

Transfer students are eligible for financial aid through GW Law in the form of loans only. You may contact the Law Financial Aid Office at [email protected] or (202) 994-6592. 

Tuition Insurance

A law student’s success depends on their physical and mental health. At GW, we have support systems in place to support a student’s well-being including our CARE Network and Colonial Health Center’s various services. On occasion, however, a student may need to leave the law school before the semester is complete. To mitigate the financial impact of such an occurrence, the University offers the Tuition Refund Plan, administered by A.W.G. Dewar, for your consideration. This plan is offered to protect your educational investment in the event of a medical or mental health withdrawal. The plan significantly extends and enhances GW’s published refund policy as stated in the Law Bulletin. The deadline for purchasing tuition insurance is COB August 20, 2023. We strongly encourage you to protect your educational investment. For more information, please visit GW's tuition insurance website.


Orientation for students transferring into the law school is mandatory and will be held on August 15 &16. Information about orientation and opportunities for academic advising during orientation will be forthcoming.

Notebook Computer Requirement

All students are expected to have a personal notebook computer that meets the specifications for Exam4, the exam software used to administer exams. Please note that Chromebooks and iPad Pros will not suffice. Computer specifications can be found on the Exam4 site. If you determine that you need to purchase a new notebook computer, please note that you may be able to obtain an increase in your financial aid budget for this purpose.

Honors Information

Transfer students are eligible for all academic honors and awards conferred by GW Law.

Journal Participation

Membership on a journal at the law school from which you are transferring does not guarantee you a place on one of the journals at GW Law. Transfer students are eligible to write onto one of our journals in accordance with each journal’s policy regarding transfer students. The transfer writing competition will be held from August 17 at 9 am ET to August 21 at 9 am ET. The law school will provide further information regarding the Transfer Journal Competition once it becomes available.

Field Placement Program

Transfer students are encouraged to participate in the Field Placement Program! In the Field Placement Program, students earn academic credit for externships with government, judicial, or nonprofit employers. The Program provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in different substantive areas of law and legal processes; to develop legal research, writing, interviewing, counseling, and investigative skills; to navigate issues of professionalism in a practice setting; and, to engage in reflective lawyering.

Registration for the Fall 2023 Field Placement Program opens on Friday, June 30, 2023, and the priority registration deadline is Friday, August 4, 2023. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible in order to ensure a spot; however, we will admit students into the Program as space allows through September 5, 2023.

To participate in Field Placement, students must do the following:

  1. Secure a qualifying externship - We encourage students to work closely with the Career Center to identify externship opportunities that align with their professional goals.
  2. Submit registration - Once an externship is secured, students must complete the Registration Form, which will be available on the Field Placement page of the Law Portal on June 30, 2023. This form must be completed and signed by both the student extern and their placement supervisor in order to be considered and approved.
  3. Attend a required Orientation Session - All first-time Field Placement participants must attend an orientation session. The orientation will last one hour, and multiple sessions are offered during the first week of class. You will find specific dates and times listed under Fall 2023 Registration on CORE.

If students have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Field Placement team at [email protected].

Disclosure Information

It is critically important for you to have a complete and accurate law school application, including the disclosure of any legal violations, college disciplinary matters or similar issues.

State boards of bar examiners will note any issue you disclose to them on your bar application that occurred before you enrolled at GW Law (or any law school), and specifically ask us at the Law School whether we knew about that issue when you enrolled. If an inconsistency exists between your bar application/information obtained by the bar examiners and your law school admission application, it could potentially impact your admission to the bar of that state.

Please err on the side of disclosure.

Transfer Resume Form

Please submit this Transfer Resume Form by July 15. In lieu of your resume, this form is designed to capture all the notable and fun facts about our incoming students. This is your opportunity to share both accomplishments and interesting tidbits. We love learning more about our incoming students, and we encourage you to share and shine!  

Law and Undergraduate Transcripts

If you elect to enroll at GW Law and have not already done so, please have your current law school send a final official law transcript that includes all Spring 2023 law grades (and Summer 2023 grades, if applicable). In addition, we require an undergraduate transcript (with bachelor’s degree notation).

Official law transcripts can be submitted electronically to [email protected] via Transcript Credentials, National Student Clearinghouse, e-SCRIP Safe, Parchment or any other internal service that is offered by your current law school.

If an electronic option is not available, official transcripts can be mailed directly to the Admissions Office. 

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700 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Recognizing that transfer students may have pending credit for coursework at their original institution due to summer courses, the deadline for submitting a complete, final official transcript from your prior institution, is October 15, 2023. A complete, final official transcript must be submitted in order to finalize your Admissions file and to ensure all qualifying credits transfer. If your official transcripts are not received, a registration hold will be placed on your account. 

Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements

Covid-19 Vaccination - After a thorough assessment of the current state of COVID-19, the university strongly recommends, but will no longer require, vaccination for all community members. We urge everyone to stay up to date with the latest booster or new vaccination recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The current recommendation is for the primary series of an original monovalent mRNA vaccine plus a booster dose or a single bivalent mRNA vaccine dose. We continue to ask that those who are vaccinated and have not previously provided documentation do so in the medical portal. Members of our community should continue to follow guidance from the CDC regarding isolation, testing, masking, vaccination, and symptom monitoring, especially in cases of a positive COVID-19 test. Following this guidance helps to protect all members of our community, including those who may be at higher risk for complications.

The University recommends that all students be covered by health and accident insurance. For information on health insurance offered through the University, students should visit the Student Health Center

The District of Columbia Immunization Law requires that all students under age 26 provide proof of immunizations prior to registration or they will incur a registration hold on their student account. If you will be under the age of 26 as of August 1, 2023, you must submit immunization records directly to the Student Health Center through the student health portal. The deadline is August 1, 2023.

Should you have any questions, please email Student Health Services at [email protected] or call 202-994-5300 option #3.

The Student Health Center is located in the University Student Center at:

800 21st Street, NW
Ground Floor
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-5300
Fax: (202) 912-8488

Your student account will incur a registration hold if complete immunization records are not received by Student Health Services.


Washington, DC, has been called the most livable city on the East Coast. Museums -- mostly free! -- pepper the city, and all are accessible by foot or Metro from the Law School. With the National Mall and the vast Rock Creek Park near campus, students may take advantage of abundant green space for running, biking, strolling, or sports such as softball and volleyball. The city is busy and energetic, but also easy to get around and replete with opportunities for socializing and relaxation.

Housing options vary throughout neighborhoods in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. By survey responses to VeryApt, students have created a housing guide that may be a great resource for you. The guide describes neighborhoods and specific buildings throughout the DC area: GW Law Off-Campus Housing Guide.

Additionally, VeryApt has created a housing portal where admitted students can ask housing questions, find roommates and interact with the housing guide: GW Law Housing Portal.

Students with Disabilities

Any student seeking information about campus accessibility or accommodation on the basis of a disability should direct inquiries to The George Washington University’s Disability Support Services (DSS) office at 202‐994‐8250 (voice or TDD). The University and the Law School have a system to address a law student’s requests for accommodation. For additional information on accommodations at the Law School, please refer to the Law School Dean of Students website. After submitting a registration form and supporting documentation to DSS, we ask any entering law student requesting an accommodation to notify the Law School Dean of Students Office ([email protected]) as soon as possible in order to coordinate support services to meet the student’s needs.

DSS accepts and reviews registrations, requests for accommodation, and supporting documentation at any time of the year.  However, to ensure that sufficient time is provided for DSS to complete its review process and for the Law School to implement the approved accommodations, students should submit requests and supporting documentation for accommodations to DSS, at least three (3) weeks before they need the accommodation to be implemented and at least four (4) weeks for exam-related accommodations.

The University will make every effort to complete its review of requests for accommodations that are submitted outside of these time frames.  However, if the request and supporting documentation are submitted outside these time frames, it cannot guarantee that the review will be completed or that the approved accommodation can be implemented in time for class or an upcoming exam.  Students should plan accordingly and submit their requests and documentation as early as possible.

Professional Development and Career Strategy

With one of the largest legal career counseling teams in the country, the Career Center collectively represents more than 80 years of experience in the legal and counseling professions. Our counselors have expertise in many areas of employment in the private and public sectors, including law firms of all sizes, international and domestic corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and judicial clerkships in federal and state courts. The Career Center also offers counseling services for current JD students and JD alumni from the most recent graduating class.

The GW Law Summer Recruiting Program and New York Regional Interview programs will take place virtually in Summer 2023. Information about the 2023 Recruitment Program Dates and Bidding deadlines was sent to you via email.

Transfer students who have paid their seat deposits will have access to the Career Center’s jobs database (CORE), beginning on June 5, 2023. Instructions for using CORE and all communications from the Career Center will be sent to the GW Law email address, which will be assigned to students after June 1, 2023, or thereafter when seat deposits are paid. Students who pay their seat deposit after June 12, 2023 will not be eligible to participate in the New York Regional Interview Program or GW Law Summer Recruiting Program. The bidding deadline for these two programs is June 22, 2023. Should you need to contact the Career Office, please email [email protected] or call 202‐994‐7340.


Emails from the Career Center will be sent to the GW Law email account so be sure to check your GW Law email for all recruiting‐related information.

Admitted transfer students are strongly encouraged to pay the deposit as early as possible if they plan to participate in GW Law's recruitment programs. Upon paying the deposit, students will receive access to the Career Center's online recruiting platform and counseling services. Students are responsible for monitoring email throughout the school year and summer to ensure that they receive all communications from the Career Center.


Admissions Office

Phone: 202.994.7230
Email: [email protected]

Career Center

Phone: 202.994.7340
Email: [email protected]

Dean of Students Office

Phone: 202.994.8320
Email: [email protected]

Disability Support Services

Phone: 202.994.8250
Email: [email protected]

Financial Aid Office

Phone: 202.994.6592
Email: [email protected]


GW Law Housing Guide
GW Off-Campus Housing Guide


Phone: 202.994.4948
Email: [email protected]

Records Office

Phone: 202.994.6261
Email: [email protected]

Student Health Center

Phone: 202.994.5300
Email: [email protected]