Can you transfer as a 2L?

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owlfredo
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Re: Can you transfer as a 2L?

Postby owlfredo » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:23 pm

PDaddy wrote:
concurrent fork wrote:I really doubt that a school worth transferring to would let you do this. Many state on their websites that you may only transfer to begin your second year. Even if it is technically possible:

1. At least some T14s (CLS comes to mind) explicitly require an addendum explaining why you have earned more than a maximum number of credit hours. "Because I already did 2L" is probably not convincing to an adcomm.
2. If you somehow were allowed to participate in OCI, employers will look at you cross-eyed when you hand them a resume with 3 law schools listed.
3. Absorbing 4 years of tuition, including what must be at least 3 years of sticker price (barring need-based aid), is a poor financial decision IMO.

TITCR

...and one that would make employers question your judgment...


I'm at CCN, goodish grades, missed LR, completely shut out of my primary market (NOT Chicago or NYC)-- where I need to be for family. I don't have the luxury of praying I'll magically land a job halfway across the country. That ship has sailed. Quite clearly, coming to my current school was a mistake. Most of the people on this board do well in school and the investment pays off for them-- hence the obvious skepticism in this thread, or whenever anyone discusses transferring. But understand that for those of us who weren't so lucky to be in the top 5% and aren't 23 year olds with no responsibilities, even going to a "good" school can turn out disastrous. So an extra year of tuition and having to "explain" things to employers doesn't constitute much of a hardship when your alternative is having to leave school altogether.

Renzo
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Re: Can you transfer as a 2L?

Postby Renzo » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:32 pm

owlfredo wrote:
PDaddy wrote:
concurrent fork wrote:I really doubt that a school worth transferring to would let you do this. Many state on their websites that you may only transfer to begin your second year. Even if it is technically possible:

1. At least some T14s (CLS comes to mind) explicitly require an addendum explaining why you have earned more than a maximum number of credit hours. "Because I already did 2L" is probably not convincing to an adcomm.
2. If you somehow were allowed to participate in OCI, employers will look at you cross-eyed when you hand them a resume with 3 law schools listed.
3. Absorbing 4 years of tuition, including what must be at least 3 years of sticker price (barring need-based aid), is a poor financial decision IMO.

TITCR

...and one that would make employers question your judgment...


I'm at CCN, goodish grades, missed LR, completely shut out of my primary market (NOT Chicago or NYC)-- where I need to be for family. I don't have the luxury of praying I'll magically land a job halfway across the country. That ship has sailed. Quite clearly, coming to my current school was a mistake. Most of the people on this board do well in school and the investment pays off for them-- hence the obvious skepticism in this thread, or whenever anyone discusses transferring. But understand that for those of us who weren't so lucky to be in the top 5% and aren't 23 year olds with no responsibilities, even going to a "good" school can turn out disastrous. So an extra year of tuition and having to "explain" things to employers doesn't constitute much of a hardship when your alternative is having to leave school altogether.

You need to visit at a school in your hometown, not transfer. If you think transferring will get you magical do-over at OCI, it won't. But visiting will show just how serious you are about working in the area and give you an opportunity to network locally.

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vanwinkle
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Re: Can you transfer as a 2L?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:46 pm

Renzo wrote:You need to visit at a school in your hometown, not transfer. If you think transferring will get you magical do-over at OCI, it won't. But visiting will show just how serious you are about working in the area and give you an opportunity to network locally.

This. You get a CCN degree and the opportunity to spend your last year where you need to be. Makes much more sense than trying to restart 2L.

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A'nold
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Re: Can you transfer as a 2L?

Postby A'nold » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:13 pm

Problem is that I doubt HYS would buy this if that was your main goal. Let me know what they say, x. :wink:




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