lisjjen wrote: Samara wrote: Gail wrote:
kwais wrote:absolutely transfer. If you are worried about your GPA, well, then, work really hard in Ann Arbor. That, and I am a little more suspicious than most posters here about the idea that prestigious UG is not a factor in admissions.
It's more important for jobs.
Where is the evidence for either of these claims? Going to Ann Arbor could make a difference in applying to Michigan Law School, but other than that, where is the evidence that it will help at any other school? Where is the evidence that your UG affects OCI?
I don't know a single kid who went to a Stanford/Brown/Harvard type school here who is still looking for a job. They're all working at firms and the Securities and Exchanged Commission and such. The takeaway is, everybody cares about what you look like on paper.
A) Correlation is not causality. If you are smart and hard working enough to go to Harvard/Stanford/etc. and then smart and hard working enough to get into a T14, chances are high you are going to be smart and hard working enough to get good grades. Those kids are also much more likely to have connections and such.
B) Michigan is not in the same category as the Ivy League. I've heard of people getting an Ivy League boost, but I've never heard of anyone getting a Michigan or similar public school boost.
C) What are the grades of the people you know? Are they significantly outperforming their class rank?
I would buy the transfer if it was to Ivy League/Stanford/etc., but I don't see a lot of value in transferring to AA solely on the basis of law school admissions or legal employment. Transferring may still be a good idea, for the backup options, etc., but I don't see where it is worth the extra debt in terms of law school.