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Transfer Credit

Enrolling ALU students may transfer previously earned semester units as credit toward their program or degree!

The university policies and procedures are aligned with the needs of adult students who typically enroll in online programs. Many students will have accumulated transfer credits from previously completed college courses, credit by examination, military training or professional course work. The shared goal is to maximize the number of transfer credits into ALU programs that are allowable by the DEAC Accrediting Commission to ensure that the student is not paying multiple times for comparable credits previously earned.

As soon as the prospective student and the admissions representative have completed the application requirements, students may send an official transcript to the Registrar for transfer credit evaluation. An assessment is generated from the evaluation listing all course work that is transferable. The assessment is used to generate the student’s individual degree plan (IDP).

Transfer Credit for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

If transfer credit is applicable to the degree ALU will allow between 10% and 75% of the required credits to be transferred depending on the degree level. For a student receiving the maximum transfer credit tuition offset, the tuition for the total program is as follows:
Program/ Degree % Transfer Credits Max. Transfer Credit ($) Tuition Total Program
Diploma 75% $5,625 $1,875
Associate 75% $11,250 $3,750
Bachelor’s 75% $22,500 $7,500
Master’s 20% $2,520 $10,080
Doctorate 10% $2,700 $24,300

An unofficial transcript, which may be sent from the applicant directly to ALU, will be accepted to expedite the credit evaluation, but an official transcript must also be submitted within 30 days from the start of the course directly to ALU from the institution or military branch where the credit was earned. Official transcripts can also be sent by the student as long as the official transcript is sealed from the originating institution. ALU does not accept transfer credits toward any credential-level certificate program.

Transfer Credit for Juris Doctor Students

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 form required can be accessed here. Along with this form a $100 check or money order made payable to the State Bar of California is required. 

The law school may award transfer credit to an applicant, subject to the following limitations:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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