Transferring Law Schools

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby 98234872348 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:15 pm

APHill wrote:If it was me I would opt for top 5%, Summa Cum Laude, Order of Coif at T1 versus bottom 30% at T14.

ITE may not be relevant either, as Q1 2010 F500 profits increased 76% in comparison to prior year...."ITE" will be quickly forgotten as somebody invents a new bubble.


a) I would opt for whichever one of those got me a job, tyvm.

b) Here's hoping the economy recovers, that would be awesome.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby funemployment » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:30 am

I'm going to be a 1L at Southwestern this fall and was wondering what is the probability of transferring to a t2 school such as Loyola?

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby A'nold » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:32 am

funemployment wrote:I'm going to be a 1L at Southwestern this fall and was wondering what is the probability of transferring to a t2 school such as Loyola?


This would likely be pointless, considering you'd likely be at least in the top 1/3 of your class and I can't really think of a reason you wouldn't just stay put with above top 1/3 grades. Now, if you rock 1L and can pull of top 5%, then I could see transferring to UCLA/USC/Irvine being worth it.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby bwv812 » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:59 am

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby APHill » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:45 am

bwv812 wrote:
mistergoft wrote:
APHill wrote:If it was me I would opt for top 5%, Summa Cum Laude, Order of Coif at T1 versus bottom 30% at T14.

ITE may not be relevant either, as Q1 2010 F500 profits increased 76% in comparison to prior year...."ITE" will be quickly forgotten as somebody invents a new bubble.


a) I would opt for whichever one of those got me a job, tyvm.

Nice insight. Any advice for those of us that don't have time machines or are not quantum beings?


witha time machine law school would be moot as time travellers would become professional lottery players.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby arthurfels » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:56 pm

This site is so informative, and I was wondering if someone could help me with some advice on my current situation.

I recently got accepted into a T3 school - Southwestern, and a T4 - Whittier. My undergrad grades were my weak point (3.15 GPA - due to a very particular situation I explained in an addendum), but I did well on the LSAT, with a 166. My goal is to get excellent grades in first year and transfer in my second year to a better school. I am offered a large scholarship at Whittier (T4), but no scholarship at Southwestern (T3). Would starting off at Southwestern improve my chances of transfer, or would they only consider my class rank if it's between a T3 and T4? I'm trying to decide if it's worth taking out a sizable loan over.

Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby solidsnake » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:34 pm

Jeez. A 3.15/166 should get you in at a mid-T1 law school. Reapply next year. Whittier or SW will give you a worthless degree.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby arhmcpo » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:59 pm

arthurfels wrote:This site is so informative, and I was wondering if someone could help me with some advice on my current situation.

I recently got accepted into a T3 school - Southwestern, and a T4 - Whittier. My undergrad grades were my weak point (3.15 GPA - due to a very particular situation I explained in an addendum), but I did well on the LSAT, with a 166. My goal is to get excellent grades in first year and transfer in my second year to a better school. I am offered a large scholarship at Whittier (T4), but no scholarship at Southwestern (T3). Would starting off at Southwestern improve my chances of transfer, or would they only consider my class rank if it's between a T3 and T4? I'm trying to decide if it's worth taking out a sizable loan over.

Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you.


Your LSAT means you deserve a better school than either of those. Southwestern owes you a full scholarship (which by the way I would pick over Whittier - Whittier has the single worst reputation of any law school I've ever heard of. ever.) Going there would be career suicide - ironic because you would never get a job in the first place.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby KIM_SAYS: » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:18 pm

Anyone know the chances of transferring from Seattle U. to University of Washington? Both in Seattle...UW's ranked in the 30s and SU dropped to the 80s.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby Danteshek » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:20 pm

KIM_SAYS: wrote:Anyone know the chances of transferring from Seattle U. to University of Washington? Both in Seattle...UW's ranked in the 30s and SU dropped to the 80s.


Less than 10 percent chance.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby thexfactor » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:22 pm

UW takes like 3 kids a year. You better have a very very good reason for not being able to drive to Seattle U and needing to attend the U of W.

Danteshek wrote:
KIM_SAYS: wrote:Anyone know the chances of transferring from Seattle U. to University of Washington? Both in Seattle...UW's ranked in the 30s and SU dropped to the 80s.


Less than 10 percent chance.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby hotdog » Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:01 am

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby transplantedbuckeye » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:04 pm

thexfactor wrote:UW takes like 3 kids a year. You better have a very very good reason for not being able to drive to Seattle U and needing to attend the U of W.

Danteshek wrote:
KIM_SAYS: wrote:Anyone know the chances of transferring from Seattle U. to University of Washington? Both in Seattle...UW's ranked in the 30s and SU dropped to the 80s.


Less than 10 percent chance.


I would actually say more like 30%. Those two schools have their own little clique going on in Seattle. Plus, I know there are people that go from my school to UW every year.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby sanpiero » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:07 pm

transplantedbuckeye wrote:
thexfactor wrote:UW takes like 3 kids a year. You better have a very very good reason for not being able to drive to Seattle U and needing to attend the U of W.

Danteshek wrote:
KIM_SAYS: wrote:Anyone know the chances of transferring from Seattle U. to University of Washington? Both in Seattle...UW's ranked in the 30s and SU dropped to the 80s.


Less than 10 percent chance.


I would actually say more like 30%. Those two schools have their own little clique going on in Seattle. Plus, I know there are people that go from my school to UW every year.


See bolded. +1 to Danteshek.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby diplo » Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:50 pm

I'm about to start my 1L at Roger Williams (not on the top-100). My end goal is in International / Diplomatic work (not biglaw or academia), so I'm obviously going to work my ass to be at the top of the class. I've found a few schools in Boston + DC that I'm particularly eyeing BC,Suffolk,Northeastern,GULC,GW,GM because of region/concentrations.

Because RWU is so poorly ranked (if not ranked at all) is it impossible to transfer out to these schools? Ranked 14-86, I know.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby phishskier41 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:07 pm

diplo wrote:I'm about to start my 1L at Roger Williams (not on the top-100). My end goal is in International / Diplomatic work (not biglaw or academia), so I'm obviously going to work my ass to be at the top of the class. I've found a few schools in Boston + DC that I'm particularly eyeing BC,Suffolk,Northeastern,GULC,GW,GM because of region/concentrations.

Because RWU is so poorly ranked (if not ranked at all) is it impossible to transfer out to these schools? Ranked 14-86, I know.


Possible yes, likely no, don't go to a law school that you would not be happy graduating from.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby apper123 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:51 pm

phishskier41 wrote:
diplo wrote:I'm about to start my 1L at Roger Williams (not on the top-100). My end goal is in International / Diplomatic work (not biglaw or academia), so I'm obviously going to work my ass to be at the top of the class. I've found a few schools in Boston + DC that I'm particularly eyeing BC,Suffolk,Northeastern,GULC,GW,GM because of region/concentrations.

Because RWU is so poorly ranked (if not ranked at all) is it impossible to transfer out to these schools? Ranked 14-86, I know.


Possible yes, likely no, don't go to a law school that you would not be happy graduating from.


+1

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby kll7891 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:16 pm

Starting in the fall at a school ranked 60th by UNWR. If I do well (top 15% or above) what are my chances of transferring to a top 30 school? Top 20 even? I am staying close to home because of family issues, I would love to live and practice in Colorado or on the East Coast one day.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby mapnoren » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:01 pm

kll7891 wrote:Starting in the fall at a school ranked 60th by UNWR. If I do well (top 15% or above) what are my chances of transferring to a top 30 school? Top 20 even? I am staying close to home because of family issues, I would love to live and practice in Colorado or on the East Coast one day.


As a transfer myself, let me tell as many others will, that transferring law schools is very difficult bc it is very hard to determine the type of grades you will end up with. However, hypothetically if you ended up in the top 15% of your class at a school in the 60's you could def. get into a top 30 school and maybe get into schools in the 15-20 range. Just don't be a super gunner or you will stress your self out beyond the point of thinking rationally, study hard and try to relax.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby wiscohopeful » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:03 pm

Also a transfer here. Just a note of caution, its been said a million times before. DO NOT go anywhere you wouldn't be happy spending three years at. Grading can be subjective and transferring is even more of a crapshoot. Just don't go into 1L thinking you are going to be able to transfer. Let the chips fall where they may.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby ToTransferOrNot » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:39 pm

kll7891 wrote:Starting in the fall at a school ranked 60th by UNWR. If I do well (top 15% or above) what are my chances of transferring to a top 30 school? Top 20 even? I am staying close to home because of family issues, I would love to live and practice in Colorado or on the East Coast one day.


Read the sticky and GTFO.

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby macunaima » Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:21 am

Well, my cycle didn't go as well as I'd hoped. My LSAT was about 10 points lower than I'd expected given my practice tests and I don't feel my personal statement ever really came together. Still, I'll be starting at Texas in a couple of weeks and I'm sure I'll be happy there. But if I end up in the top 10% of my class I'm definitely applying for a transfer to Harvard or Yale.

Anyone else in a similar situation? Want to keep me company here during 1L?

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby rynabrius » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:46 am

Top 10% @ UT --> Harvard/Yale?

...

Don't get your hopes up?

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Re: Transferring Law Schools

Postby macunaima » Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:17 pm

rynabrius wrote:Top 10% @ UT --> Harvard/Yale?

...

Don't get your hopes up?



Thanks for the constructive criticism.




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