Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

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bizjunkie4
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Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby bizjunkie4 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:27 pm

Wife caught a wild hair today, wants the family to move to Virginia to be closer to her parents. My stats: top 15%, law review, just finished first year at school that fell out of Top 100 this past spring, but which I otherwise enjoy and respect. Worth it to transfer to Washington & Lee (I am assuming I would not make UVA)?

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby arstech » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:35 pm

Are you able to meet the deadlines and all that? (including having a professor recommendation or whatever)

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby bizjunkie4 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:43 pm

arstech wrote:Are you able to meet the deadlines and all that? (including having a professor recommendation or whatever)


Yes, I just received a "don't forget about us" transfer email from W&L. My conundrum is this: my eventual dream is to work in a small town in New England somewhere, probably in Vermont or New Hampshire, practicing as a solo attorney or with a few partners. I simply don't know how far a degree from W&L will go compared to where I am now (Louisville) if I am not seeking a Big Law job in some giant city that I hate. I will probably call admissions in the morning.

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby Grizz » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:53 pm

It sounds like you need to work this out with your wife more than you need to work it out with random strangers on the net.

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby KMaine » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:54 pm

Will you miss Maine Law?

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby Grizz » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:58 pm

KMaine wrote:Will you miss Maine Law?

bizjunkie4 wrote:I simply don't know how far a degree from W&L will go compared to where I am now (Louisville)

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby GeePee » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:01 pm

I wouldn't go from LR to W&L. Maybe if I were 100% set on D.C... but even then, probably not.

You should at least try UVA, and definitely consider going if you get in.

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby traydeuce » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:14 pm

No, you would not make UVA. You would, however, make my former law school, which is bleeding transfers (including me). Have you checked to see if we/they allow transfers to make the law review? If so, the write-on's an exceptionally easy one; you might well make the cut. Otherwise, I wouldn't even consider leaving if practicing in New England is what you're after. We may be ranked reasonably well but awareness of W&L's existence kind of peters out above the Mason-Dixon line. We also feature the worst OCP of perhaps any t1 school. (And that's a statistically verifiable fact - our job placement numbers trail that of every other school in the t50 by several percentage points.)

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby Bankhead » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:32 pm

Might the employment dearth have to do not w/ the CSO, but instead with the sparse networking opportunities in small town Lexington and only approximation to a major market being super-saturated DC?

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby A'nold » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:52 am

Hmmmm......are they desperate enough for transfer students that they will give some $$? :wink:

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby megaTTTron » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:55 am

If you lived in VA already I would say W&M, w/ in state tuition you could save $$ as well. Not sure how far W&L will reach in the NE. A lot of factors go into this decision. UVA would be a no brainer, but it's a tough call.

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby ggocat » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:21 am

A'nold wrote:Hmmmm......are they desperate enough for transfer students that they will give some $$? :wink:

Kind of defeats the purpose of accepting transfers. (Don't tell me you got money as a transfer?)

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Re: Ditching law review to transfer to better school?

Postby bizjunkie4 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:10 am

rad law wrote:It sounds like you need to work this out with your wife more than you need to work it out with random strangers on the net.


Probably true! Still, there's something oddly comforting about soliciting advice from anonymous (and neutral) people on the Internet. I am sending in the app today, although I am not sure what we will do. The easy thing about being a part of a family is that you simply put the family first, and let everything else work itself out.




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