2020-2021 School of Law Catalog 
    
    May 16, 2022  
2020-2021 School of Law Catalog archived

Transfer of Credit


Advanced Standing

Students who have completed two semesters of work in other ABA approved law schools with excellent academic records may be admitted with up to 31 hours of credit for such work.  However, their last four semesters of law study must be completed at this School in order to receive a degree.

Credits for courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, may be transferred to Washington and Lee and used as degree credit. Grades for these courses, however, will not be transferred, and a student’s cumulative grade-point average will include only work attempted at Washington and Lee.

A student admitted as a transfer will receive no more than 31 credits for work transferred. Such credits are assessed and assigned at the discretion of the appropriate dean. Only work comparable to that at Washington and Lee in level, nature, and field may be accepted for degree credit. An official transcript of student’s work at their law school is required, as well as course descriptions and/or syllabus for which transfer credit is sought.  

Summer School

The School of Law does not offer a summer session. However, students may take courses offered in the summer sessions at other accredited law schools to earn up to six credit hours toward their degrees.

The following requirements and procedures apply:

●The summer school program must be ABA-accredited. No more than six credits earned through such a program may be applied toward your W&L degree.  For a list of ABA accredited study abroad programs, go to http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/aba_approved_law_schools.html.

●Both your participation in the program and the specific courses you intend to take must be approved in writing by the Academic Dean in advance. Failure to obtain advance permission may result in denial of credit.

●The summer program must be one that gives grades. You will receive W&L credit for each course you successfully complete with a grade equivalent at least to our “C.”

●In order to receive credit, you must furnish the Law Records Office with a transcript from the summer program no later than the end of the grading period for the semester following the summer school program.

●We will record successfully completed summer school courses on your transcript, but “credit” will be indicated in place of a grade; your W&L grade point average will not reflect grades earned in summer school programs.

●Some summer school programs will require a “letter of good standing” from us as part of your application. The Law Records Office can supply such a letter.

Academic Credit for Summer Study Abroad and Certain Unpaid Summer Internships

The policy on academic credit for summer positions may be found here.

If you have questions about any aspect of this policy, please contact Ms.Hilton in the Office of Career Strategies.