Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

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mcastig4
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Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby mcastig4 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:29 pm

Hi everybody, sorry if this has been asked already but I figured I would make my own thread.

I'm not too worried about anonymity so: I currently attend Brooklyn Law School and just received my grades. Fall Semester I had a 3.902, and Spring I got 3.897 for a cumulative GPA of 3.901. Our ranks haven't been released yet, but looking at transferapps, this should put me within the top 10 out of 450 or so if these things are consistent from year to year.

So first, what are the odds of me getting accepted into Columbia or NYU as a transfer? From transferapps it seems like I have a pretty good shot but I just want to know what you guys think.

More importantly, however, what do you think the benefits would be of transferring? As it stands now, I am at the top of my class in Brooklyn, will grade onto law review, and will graduate with no debt. If I am looking for a big law position, is there a substantial benefit to transferring to Columbia/NYU. Of course I want the prestige of a T6 degree, but I am just trying to look at this from a practical viewpoint. Also, chances are I will not be on law review at either school (I couldn't do the Columbia write on comp so that's out, and I'm sure writing onto the NYU one is quite difficult). I would hate to decide to stay at Brooklyn and strike out at OCI and wonder what could have been, but at the same time I would hate to strike out at the other schools and be paying full price. So basically, what do you think the benefits are of transferring to Columbia or NYU? Worth it?

Thanks

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby anonymoustransfer » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:51 pm

no help on the question, but I'm a BLSer as well. They did seem to post a ranking if you look under Fall GPA, but I can't tell if it really is just for fall or not. Thought you might want to give it a look.

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby mcastig4 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:54 am

anonymoustransfer wrote:no help on the question, but I'm a BLSer as well. They did seem to post a ranking if you look under Fall GPA, but I can't tell if it really is just for fall or not. Thought you might want to give it a look.


Thanks for pointing this out. Not sure if it is just for the fall either, but I am 8/406.

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby anonymoustransfer » Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:27 am

No problem. Personally I'm going to hope it is fall only, because historically my total gpa has been around 10%, but it says I'm 20%, which is a fairly large change for a curve I think. and also screws with my transfer plans.

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby ahp578 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:17 am

hey mcastig4, just saw your post and was hoping I could get some advice from you. I'm actually starting at BLS this Fall 2010. I also was given a full ride there and am thinking of transferring to a top law school as well (given my grades at the end of the year). It seems you have done quite well yourself and I was hoping you could give me some insight/tips to stay at the top of my class (especially for the first year). Any particular professors I should take or avoid? study tips? From your experience, how was the overall competition at BLS? Any advice would be great! My background is Biomedical Engineering from Boston University with a 164 LSAT, so I really don't know what to expect in Law School!

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby ahp578 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:31 am

or anonymoustransfer if you have any input too that would be awesome!

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby handlebutton » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:44 pm

What's BLS?

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby ahp578 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:00 pm

brooklyn law school

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby handlebutton » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:20 pm

Brooklyn -> Columbia/NYU seems easier than even GWU->Columbia/NYU

Its a little insane how much weight is given to 'regional' schools for even top schools like CN

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby 98234872348 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:27 pm

handlebutton wrote:Brooklyn -> Columbia/NYU seems easier than even GWU->Columbia/NYU

Its a little insane how much weight is given to 'regional' schools for even top schools like CN

What the hell are you talking about?

OP: I don't know if your situation substantially changes if you apply to NYU/Columbia. You're in the target market, you will certainly grade onto law review, and you SHOULD have a great shot at a good firm out of OCI (although I don't know how Brooklyn is weathering the recession in terms of job prospects for top students). Transferring to Columbia (if you're better than top 5% at Brooklyn I think this is what you should be aiming for) would probably be beneficial, especially in regards more prestigious firms, but I am not certain to what extent.

In any event, you're in a good situation. Good luck!

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby tbo123123 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:40 pm

NY_TTT -> Columbia/NYU is a much easier of a transfer than a comparable TTT in another state

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Re: Chances and Benefits of Transferring to Columbia/NYU

Postby mcastig4 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:09 pm

ahp578 wrote:hey mcastig4, just saw your post and was hoping I could get some advice from you. I'm actually starting at BLS this Fall 2010. I also was given a full ride there and am thinking of transferring to a top law school as well (given my grades at the end of the year). It seems you have done quite well yourself and I was hoping you could give me some insight/tips to stay at the top of my class (especially for the first year). Any particular professors I should take or avoid? study tips? From your experience, how was the overall competition at BLS? Any advice would be great! My background is Biomedical Engineering from Boston University with a 164 LSAT, so I really don't know what to expect in Law School!


Check your PM.

Thanks for the responses, anybody have any further input on the specific benefits of transferring to Columbia/NYU?




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