Students seeking advanced standing at Cardozo School of Law apply as a transfer student using Cardozo’s Transfer and Visitor Application available at

Cardozo School of Law offers an Advanced Standing J.D. degree for graduates of non-U.S. law schools. This selective program is designed for students who already hold a law degree from a qualifying institution outside the United States and who are planning to apply for the bar exam in the U.S. 

Benefits of the Advanced Standing J.D. program

• Receive a maximum of 30 credit hours of the required credits for the Cardozo J.D. from prior legal studies in a foreign country. The total number of credits allowed will be determined on an individual basis.
• Complete the J.D. program in two years of study and an opportunity to enroll in an additional semester or year to explore more upper–level, valuable courses at Cardozo.
• Satisfy the legal education requirement to apply for the bar exam anywhere in the U.S.
• Receive more preparation for the bar exam than the one-year LL.M. degree.
• Earn a J.D. at a reduced cost compared to the traditional thee-year program.
• Stay an additional semester, at your choice, and earn an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property or Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. (Click here to learn more)

Application Requirements

• Complete Cardozo Spring transfer/visitor application, available through LSAC;
• Official law school transcript, indicating the conferral of a foreign law degree;
• LSAT/GRE score not older than five years;
• Personal statement;
• Resume; and
• Two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted beginning in early September. Our application priority deadline is April 1. While we encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after April 1.

Program Requirements

J.D. students in the Advanced Standing program apply using Cardozo’s Spring transfer/visitor application and must begin in May. They are required to take all first-year courses at Cardozo. These courses are Elements of Law, Contracts, Torts, Constitutional Law, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Lawyering Skills and Legal Writing I and II. The first-year curriculum provides students with a firm foundation in American law, focusing on core requirements.

Students admitted to the Advanced Standing program must submit syllabi of the courses for which they seek credit.

Character and Fitness

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. This involves an extensive application with detailed questions relating to your work, educational, and personal history. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Note about Federal Aid

Under current U.S. law, only U.S citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal student loans. Applicants who are not eligible for federal student loans may qualify for private loan programs. (click here to learn more)