Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

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SCUlaw
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Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

Postby SCUlaw » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:01 pm

Im currently a 1L at Santa Clara, grades are coming in and I did pretty well this semester. If I keep it up I'm looking at being in the top 10% maybe drop down to top 15% if things don't go well. What are my chances at Davis/Hasting/Boalt. Do they give greater preference to a fellow bay area school? I can get good LOC's from two professors, though I don't know how much that helps. Any advice would be great thanks.

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Re: Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

Postby random5483 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:50 am

Not sure if Davis/Hastings/Boalt give preferential admission to local schools. Many law schools seem to so you might have a slight edge. The only school I have looked into is Boalt since it is one of the schools I want to transfer into.

Santa Clara has a good rep for a low ranked T2. Based on Arrow's guide you would need to be in the top 5-10% to have a decent shot to a T14 school. Since Santa Clara is a low ranked T2 and since Boalt is a mid ranked T14 you would likely need to be closer to the 5% mark. Further, with the improved competition lately it would help if you ranked within the top 3-5%. With a top 10%-15% ranking, your chances are low at best.

Hastings and Davis are a whole different matter. Frankly, I'd not transfer into either from Santa Clara. You would be giving up Law Review, connections, etc for a minor upgrade. Davis might make some sense since it is a T30 school, but Hastings is very much a lower ranked T1 school. Based on Arrow's guide you need to be in the top 10-20% of a T2 to get into a T1. You probably need to be closer to the 10% mark for Davis and maybe the 10-15% mark for Hastings. Note that I know very little about Davis/Hastings so am going just based on school rankings.

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Re: Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

Postby prismz » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:35 am

random5483 wrote:Not sure if Davis/Hastings/Boalt give preferential admission to local schools. Many law schools seem to so you might have a slight edge. The only school I have looked into is Boalt since it is one of the schools I want to transfer into.

Santa Clara has a good rep for a low ranked T2. Based on Arrow's guide you would need to be in the top 5-10% to have a decent shot to a T14 school. Since Santa Clara is a low ranked T2 and since Boalt is a mid ranked T14 you would likely need to be closer to the 5% mark. Further, with the improved competition lately it would help if you ranked within the top 3-5%. With a top 10%-15% ranking, your chances are low at best.

Hastings and Davis are a whole different matter. Frankly, I'd not transfer into either from Santa Clara. You would be giving up Law Review, connections, etc for a minor upgrade. Davis might make some sense since it is a T30 school, but Hastings is very much a lower ranked T1 school. Based on Arrow's guide you need to be in the top 10-20% of a T2 to get into a T1. You probably need to be closer to the 10% mark for Davis and maybe the 10-15% mark for Hastings. Note that I know very little about Davis/Hastings so am going just based on school rankings.

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Re: Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

Postby nleefer » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:44 pm

random5483 wrote:Not sure if Davis/Hastings/Boalt give preferential admission to local schools. Many law schools seem to so you might have a slight edge. The only school I have looked into is Boalt since it is one of the schools I want to transfer into.

Santa Clara has a good rep for a low ranked T2. Based on Arrow's guide you would need to be in the top 5-10% to have a decent shot to a T14 school. Since Santa Clara is a low ranked T2 and since Boalt is a mid ranked T14 you would likely need to be closer to the 5% mark. Further, with the improved competition lately it would help if you ranked within the top 3-5%. With a top 10%-15% ranking, your chances are low at best.

Hastings and Davis are a whole different matter. Frankly, I'd not transfer into either from Santa Clara. You would be giving up Law Review, connections, etc for a minor upgrade. Davis might make some sense since it is a T30 school, but Hastings is very much a lower ranked T1 school. Based on Arrow's guide you need to be in the top 10-20% of a T2 to get into a T1. You probably need to be closer to the 10% mark for Davis and maybe the 10-15% mark for Hastings. Note that I know very little about Davis/Hastings so am going just based on school rankings.

Source: http://www.top-law-schools.com/advice-f ... rring.html


This seems more or less right to me. I transferred from SCU to Boalt this past year, along with a few of my classmates. Boalt seems to like SCU transfers and always takes a few. That said, I think everyone was top 5% or so (and I know for a fact that the students ranked #1, 2, and 3 were among the transfers). I didn't bother applying to Hastings or Davis because I think with top 5% at SCU you are in an as good or better position for jobs.

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Re: Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

Postby thexfactor » Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:15 pm

you need to turn on the afterburners this semester if you want to transfer to ucla or boalt.
You likely need top 5% or around there to get into berkeley or UCLA.

I think top 20% will get you in davis or hastings.

That 5-10% class rank difference between top 5% and top 15% might chance your life.
Work like you have never worked this semester and try to get a class rank in the single digits. One grade might make the difference between getting a job out of UC berkeley and being unemployed at davis/hastings.

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Re: Low 90's to Davis/Hastings/Boalt

Postby missinglink » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:20 pm

thexfactor wrote:you need to turn on the afterburners this semester if you want to transfer to ucla or boalt.
You likely need top 5% or around there to get into berkeley or UCLA.

I think top 20% will get you in davis or hastings.

That 5-10% class rank difference between top 5% and top 15% might chance your life.
Work like you have never worked this semester and try to get a class rank in the single digits. One grade might make the difference between getting a job out of UC berkeley and being unemployed at davis/hastings.

:cry:




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