Cornell’s policies connect the university’s mission to the everyday actions of its community, clarify the institutions’s expectations of its individual members, mitigate institutional risk, enhance efficiency, and support the university’s compliance with laws and regulations.

It is the responsibility of each member of the community to comply.

Transferring to Cornell

Transferring to Cornell Law School (1) Students transferring into Cornell Law School from another ABA approved law school may receive up to 32 credit hours toward the 84 credit hours required for a JD degree. The amount of credit is determined by the Registrar and depends upon the particular courses taken by the transfer student.

Students at Cornell Law School who are enrolled in the JD program may receive up to 6 credits of advanced standing for work done at other ABA-approved law schools, including work done in summer and winter session programs. Transfer credit will not be given unless the work done is completed at the C or better level. Such work must be approved in advance by the Dean of Students.

More information about the transfer process can be found at

(2) The Law School has a number of formal programs through which participating students are eligible to receive advanced standing credit of up to 24 credit hours for satisfactory work completed. The list of participating institutions with which the Law School has written agreements for transfer dual degree credit can be found at index.cfm

This link contains more information about the law school’s exchange programs. J.D. students may earn up to 12 credits for a semester abroad.