What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

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What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby luckyduck » Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:11 pm

I go to a school with a 2.7 mean curve (ranked right around 100). Based on that curve I'll be between top 10 and top 5% and would like to transfer. I'm considering schools that have higher curves. So, assuming I get in to a higher ranked school, will my lower curve mean hurt my chances at OCI in the new school? I'll be competing with students who ranked lower their 1L but have higher GPAs. Anyone knows how that works?

Thanks!

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby megaTTTron » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:36 pm

luckyduck wrote:I go to a school with a 2.7 mean curve (ranked right around 100). Based on that curve I'll be between top 10 and top 5% and would like to transfer. I'm considering schools that have higher curves. So, assuming I get in to a higher ranked school, will my lower curve mean hurt my chances at OCI in the new school? I'll be competing with students who ranked lower their 1L but have higher GPAs. Anyone knows how that works?

Thanks!


Your GPA goes: poof (insofar as you start over). You will use your grades, and your rank for OCI purposes.

lol you won't be ranked with your 1L GPA on your 2L school's curve. hahah. i just laughed out loud writing that.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:37 am

Do we not have a transfer FAQ somewhere to spell this stuff out?

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby megaTTTron » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:50 am

patrickd139 wrote:Do we not have a transfer FAQ somewhere to spell this stuff out?


Why don't you get started on that lol. We really need one.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:55 am

megaTTTron wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Do we not have a transfer FAQ somewhere to spell this stuff out?


Why don't you get started on that lol. We really need one.

Nah, too busy toiling away at my TT trying to snag jobs that don't exist! :lol:

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby keg411 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:45 am

patrickd139 wrote:
megaTTTron wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Do we not have a transfer FAQ somewhere to spell this stuff out?


Why don't you get started on that lol. We really need one.

Nah, too busy toiling away at my TT trying to snag jobs that don't exist! :lol:


Do you regret not transferring? Curious because it might relate to my situation.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:25 pm

keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:
megaTTTron wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Do we not have a transfer FAQ somewhere to spell this stuff out?


Why don't you get started on that lol. We really need one.

Nah, too busy toiling away at my TT trying to snag jobs that don't exist! :lol:


Do you regret not transferring? Curious because it might relate to my situation.

That will depend entirely on what happens with last semester's tax-laden grades. I want to do tax (and have since before the transfer process), so if those grades are good, my class/school rank plus a good tax GPA will put me in an excellent position to get either an NYU or GULC LLM in tax. At that point, I will be ecstatic because I avoided north of $90k in student loans.

I don't even want to think about not doing well... :|

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby luckyduck » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:48 pm

megaTTTron wrote:
luckyduck wrote:I go to a school with a 2.7 mean curve (ranked right around 100). Based on that curve I'll be between top 10 and top 5% and would like to transfer. I'm considering schools that have higher curves. So, assuming I get in to a higher ranked school, will my lower curve mean hurt my chances at OCI in the new school? I'll be competing with students who ranked lower their 1L but have higher GPAs. Anyone knows how that works?

Thanks!


Your GPA goes: poof (insofar as you start over). You will use your grades, and your rank for OCI purposes.

lol you won't be ranked with your 1L GPA on your 2L school's curve. hahah. i just laughed out loud writing that.


Guess I didn't word my question right because I knew that my rank and GPA wouldn't change. I'll re-read the FAQs, maybe I missed the answer to the question I meant to ask.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby megaTTTron » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:52 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:
megaTTTron wrote:
Why don't you get started on that lol. We really need one.

Nah, too busy toiling away at my TT trying to snag jobs that don't exist! :lol:


Do you regret not transferring? Curious because it might relate to my situation.

That will depend entirely on what happens with last semester's tax-laden grades. I want to do tax (and have since before the transfer process), so if those grades are good, my class/school rank plus a good tax GPA will put me in an excellent position to get either an NYU or GULC LLM in tax. At that point, I will be ecstatic because I avoided north of $90k in student loans.

I don't even want to think about not doing well... :|


Good luck. I hope you kill it.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby keg411 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:47 pm

patrickd139 wrote:That will depend entirely on what happens with last semester's tax-laden grades. I want to do tax (and have since before the transfer process), so if those grades are good, my class/school rank plus a good tax GPA will put me in an excellent position to get either an NYU or GULC LLM in tax. At that point, I will be ecstatic because I avoided north of $90k in student loans.

I don't even want to think about not doing well... :|


Would you have decided differently if you didn't know you wanted to do tax?

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:14 pm

keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:That will depend entirely on what happens with last semester's tax-laden grades. I want to do tax (and have since before the transfer process), so if those grades are good, my class/school rank plus a good tax GPA will put me in an excellent position to get either an NYU or GULC LLM in tax. At that point, I will be ecstatic because I avoided north of $90k in student loans.

I don't even want to think about not doing well... :|


Would you have decided differently if you didn't know you wanted to do tax?

Probably. Absent a desire to do tax work, it likely would have been worth the increase in cost to net the increase in prestige and access to jobs that T14 degrees provide. For tax work (especially tax controversy and high level firm stuff), it matters less where you get your JD than a) having a CPA or b) graduating and doing well at a top 3 LLM program. Since I don't have my CPA, it's an all eggs in one basket thing.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:18 pm

megaTTTron wrote:Good luck. I hope you kill it.

Missed this somehow. Thanks TTTron. How was your second first semester?

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby keg411 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:51 pm

Thanks for the answer. Definitely helpful.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby megaTTTron » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:54 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
megaTTTron wrote:Good luck. I hope you kill it.

Missed this somehow. Thanks TTTron. How was your second first semester?


Dude, it was great. So happy I transferred (but far less fun that 1L, which is so odd). Fun isn't dead here, it's just missing.

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Re: What Happens to you GPA when you transfer?

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:24 pm

megaTTTron wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:
megaTTTron wrote:Good luck. I hope you kill it.

Missed this somehow. Thanks TTTron. How was your second first semester?


Dude, it was great. So happy I transferred (but far less fun that 1L, which is so odd). Fun isn't dead here, it's just missing.

Hey, get enough chill people together and you can change the atmosphere anywhere. Glad to hear it's not crushing the soul or anything. GL this spring!




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