Notice Concerning Transferability of Units and Degrees Earned at ALU
The transferability of credits you earn at ALU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the diploma or degree you earn at ALU is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, diploma or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your course work at the institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending ALU to determine if your credits, diploma, or degree will transfer.
Transfer Credit for Undergraduate Students
As soon as the prospective student and the admissions representative have completed the application requirements, the information is sent to the Registrar for transfer credit evaluation. An unofficial transcript, which may be sent from the applicant to ALU, will be accepted to expedite the credit evaluation. An official transcript, which must be sent to ALU directly from the institution or military branch where the credit was earned, or sent by student as long as the official transcript is sealed from the originating institution, must be submitted within 30 days from the start of the course. An assessment is generated listing all course work that is transferable. The assessment is used to generate the individual degree plan (IDP). ALU does not accept transfer credits toward any credential-level certificate program.
Transfer Credit (J.D only)
Any applicant wishing to obtain transfer credit will need to complete an evaluation of prior legal education and submit all required materials to the State Bar of California.
The law school may award transfer credit to an applicant, subject to the following limitations:
A) Transfer law student must complete a minimum of two complete academic years in ALU’s Juris Doctor degree program and their prior law school credit must be from law schools accredited or registered with the American Bar Association or the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California in common law jurisdictions.
B) No transfer credit may be granted unless the requirements of § 6060(h) of the California Business and Professions Code have been met, that is, unless the applicant has passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination or became exempt while attending an accredited law school. To be exempt from the examination, the student must have successfully completed the first year at the accredited law school and have been advanced to the second year by the same law school.
C) A law school is not required to grant, but ordinarily could grant transfer credit for whole courses completed not more than twenty-seven (27) months prior to the date the applicant begins study at the admitting law school. This time limitation does not apply to students who have passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination. In some instances, such as illness, personal tragedy or military service, it may be appropriate to permit, under exception, transfer credit for studies completed more than twenty-seven (27) months prior to admission, but the dean must approve any exception and an explanation must be placed in the student’s file.
D) For students who were disqualified for academic reasons at the prior law school, credit should be granted only for courses in which the applicant received a grade above passing. For students who were in good standing at the prior law school, credit may be granted for all passing grades. For all applicants who have passed the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, credit may be allowed in Torts, Contracts, and Criminal Law, even if the grades at the prior law school were not above passing.
E) ALU School of Law may not grant credit for a course completed at the prior law school in excess of the number of units that ALU School of Law would award for a course with the same number of classroom or participatory hours.
F) ALU School of Law must also determine that the subject matter of, and the quality of the applicant’s performance in, the courses for which transfer credit is allowed, were substantially the same as that for like courses and grades at ALU School of Law.
Transfer students are responsible for supplying the University with official transcripts of the previous law schools attended.
Students transferring from other law schools may be interviewed by the admissions committee or Dean to assess their previous performance in their legal studies and potential success.
ALU has not entered into any transfer or articulation agreements with other law schools.