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Will I get into H or Y?

At least one of H or Y
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50%
Neither H nor Y
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50%
 
Total votes: 26

PA102
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S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:21 pm

I am a current 1L at Stanford, but will have to move to the east coast for personal reasons for the coming year. Does anyone have an idea how difficult it will be to transfer from Stanford to Harvard or Yale? I think my grades are somewhere around median, but there is no way to be sure.

Thanks for your help.

EDIT: For those just skimming, here is the relevant info for the poll:

-Stanford 1L
-~Median grades
Last edited by PA102 on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:59 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby zomginternets » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:11 pm

Although you are obviously in the best position (school-wise) to transfer to either H or Y, the conventional wisdom on this board is that you still need at least top 30% for a lateral transfer. Of course, this may not apply to transfers between HYS, which is in a league of its own really. IMO, proving yourself a competent SLS student + a good reason to transfer to the east coast will give you a reasonable chance at getting in H. (H accepts ~100 transfers, whereas Y accepts <20 IIRC.)

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:30 pm

zomginternets wrote:(H accepts ~100 transfers, whereas Y accepts <20 IIRC.)

:shock:

H takes around 30 per year. I'm pretty sure that statistically, you're more likely to discover a secret genealogical link to Thomas Jefferson than get into Yale by transfer. Seriously, though, YLS takes, like, 10.

That said, SLS + compelling personal reasons makes it at least worth a shot. If your reasons are that compelling you should also consider CLS, which has a larger transfer class anyway.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby AreJay711 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:59 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
zomginternets wrote:(H accepts ~100 transfers, whereas Y accepts <20 IIRC.)

I'm pretty sure that statistically, you're more likely to discover a secret genealogical link to Thomas Jefferson than get into Yale by transfer.


Dude had blue eyes didn't he? It can't be that hard.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:02 pm

AreJay711 wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
zomginternets wrote:(H accepts ~100 transfers, whereas Y accepts <20 IIRC.)

I'm pretty sure that statistically, you're more likely to discover a secret genealogical link to Thomas Jefferson than get into Yale by transfer.

Dude had blue eyes didn't he? It can't be that hard.

Given that I don't have blue eyes, I think that'd make it even harder for me.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby mscarn23 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:43 pm

Harvard had 39 students transfer in last year, Yale had 15, and Stanford had 16, according to their data on LSAC. I'd have to guess that none get 100% matriculation, especially taking into account the probability of cross-admits between them.

I don't think it would be unreasonable to guess that Harvard takes ~ 50-60, Yale takes 20-25, and Stanford takes 20-25. Still a long-shot, but not quite as bleak as originally stated.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby DeSimone » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:46 pm

mscarn23 wrote:Harvard had 39 students transfer in last year, Yale had 15, and Stanford had 16, according to their data on LSAC. I'd have to guess that none get 100% matriculation, especially taking into account the probability of cross-admits between them.

I don't think it would be unreasonable to guess that Harvard takes ~ 50-60, Yale takes 20-25, and Stanford takes 20-25. Still a long-shot, but not quite as bleak as originally stated.

LSAC school profiles show transfer numbers from 2 years ago (current 3L's) fwiw

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:24 pm

mscarn23 wrote:Harvard had 39 students transfer in last year, Yale had 15, and Stanford had 16, according to their data on LSAC. I'd have to guess that none get 100% matriculation, especially taking into account the probability of cross-admits between them.

I don't think it would be unreasonable to guess that Harvard takes ~ 50-60, Yale takes 20-25, and Stanford takes 20-25. Still a long-shot, but not quite as bleak as originally stated.

Harvard took 29 transfers last summer, not 39. And the ratio of offer:accept is likely very close to 1:1, under the circumstances. Yale is likely even closer to 1:1, and from what I understood, they took 10-12 transfers last summer, and that's it.

I don't mean to make anything sound bleak. OP should certainly go for it. I just don't want to see that much misinformation put out there.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby saladfiend » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:41 pm

Do schools really care if your reason is "compelling"? If so, which of the following reasons are compelling?

1) want to go to "better" school
2) want better shot at "big law"
3) want better shot at clerkships
4) want smaller class sizes
5) want better shot at becoming academic
6) want to cross-enroll in other classes at school
7) want to be closer to family
8. want to be closer to family and family member dying
9) want to be closer to significant other
10) want to be closer to finance
11) want to be closer to significant other of >5 years
12) want to be closer to spouse
13) want to go to university where went as an undergrad
14) want to go to university where family members went
15) want to practice in vicinity of new school

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby CCN-S Transfer » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:49 pm

saladfiend wrote:Do schools really care if your reason is "compelling"? If so, which of the following reasons are compelling?

1) want to go to "better" school
2) want better shot at "big law"
3) want better shot at clerkships
4) want smaller class sizes
5) want better shot at becoming academic
6) want to cross-enroll in other classes at school
7) want to be closer to family
8. want to be closer to family and family member dying
9) want to be closer to significant other
10) want to be closer to finance
11) want to be closer to significant other of >5 years
12) want to be closer to spouse
13) want to go to university where went as an undergrad
14) want to go to university where family members went
15) want to practice in vicinity of new school


this is a great question. i can't think of why a school would care other than 1) knowing you'll come if admitted, 2) knowing you're not a frivolous person who jumps from thing to thing or place to place. someone should drop some knowledge on this.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby saladfiend » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:52 pm

I would think that schools with high yields (at least if they are purely self-interested) do not care very much about an applicant's reasons for transferring.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby zomginternets » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:13 pm

CCN-S Transfer wrote:
saladfiend wrote:1) want to go to "better" school - not compelling
2) want better shot at "big law" - not really compelling
3) want better shot at clerkships - not really compelling
4) want smaller class sizes - compelling
5) want better shot at becoming academic - not really compelling
6) want to cross-enroll in other classes at school - compelling
7) want to be closer to family - compelling
8. want to be closer to family and family member dying - compelling
9) want to be closer to significant other - compelling
10) want to be closer to finance - compelling
11) want to be closer to significant other of >5 years - compelling
12) want to be closer to spouse - compelling
13) want to go to university where went as an undergrad - could be compelling
14) want to go to university where family members went - could be compelling
15) want to practice in vicinity of new school - compelling


This is just my take on it. It seems that geographic and family reasons are "compelling" and that rank-whoring or anything that could be construed as rank whoring is "not compelling" (unless you can specifically tie in demonstrable goals with specific programs that the law school has to offer). I think it's silly and arbitrary as well.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:32 pm

saladfiend wrote:Do schools really care if your reason is "compelling"?

Yes, if you have a compelling reason to make a geographic relocation, it can make a real difference. The two types of transfers that appear successful are "has the grades" and "has compelling geographic/personal reasons".

By "compelling" I don't mean "changed your mind after 1L and want to be elsewhere", just so that's clear.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:55 pm

Thanks for the help everyone! If anybody has anything that they would like to add, your input is still appreciated.

I am going to add a poll to find the general sense of my chances. I'd appreciate everyone's opinion. Thanks again.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby homealone » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:50 pm

Y had 16 transfers start this year (current 2L's).

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby ResolutePear » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:08 am

vanwinkle wrote:you're more likely to discover a secret genealogical link to Thomas Jefferson than get into Yale by transfer.

Image

I can haz Yale?

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:33 pm

Bumping for good measure...

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby D-ROCCA » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:37 pm

Where else are you applying?

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:40 pm

These are the only ones at the moment. I thought I had a good enough chance to get one of H/Y, but there doesn't seem to be a strong consensus on that...

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby 005618502 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:52 pm

PA102 wrote:These are the only ones at the moment. I thought I had a good enough chance to get one of H/Y, but there doesn't seem to be a strong consensus on that...


Would you mind posting on here after the fact what happened? Just so we know for future reference. Good luck, I hope it works out for you

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:55 pm

AssumptionRequired wrote:
PA102 wrote:These are the only ones at the moment. I thought I had a good enough chance to get one of H/Y, but there doesn't seem to be a strong consensus on that...


Would you mind posting on here after the fact what happened? Just so we know for future reference. Good luck, I hope it works out for you


Thanks, and no problem.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:07 pm

Can anybody give some input on the potential drawbacks of transferring in my case?

I know the typically cited drawbacks include: difficulty meeting professors to get meaningful LORs in limited time, losing the previous network, etc.

If I were to transfer to H, for example, would I really be losing a network, or simply gaining another? My reasons for transferring are not related to "prestige whoring," and I know some transfer students are concerned with the "why did you transfer" question. Do these concerns simply not apply for me? Would I still be given the "network" (or opportunities that are derivative of the network) of a H student who attended since 1L?

Thanks

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby Helmholtz » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:54 pm

PA102 wrote:Can anybody give some input on the potential drawbacks of transferring in my case?

I know the typically cited drawbacks include: difficulty meeting professors to get meaningful LORs in limited time, losing the previous network, etc.

If I were to transfer to H, for example, would I really be losing a network, or simply gaining another? My reasons for transferring are not related to "prestige whoring," and I know some transfer students are concerned with the "why did you transfer" question. Do these concerns simply not apply for me? Would I still be given the "network" (or opportunities that are derivative of the network) of a H student who attended since 1L?

Thanks


I know a law professor who transferred from SLS to HLS due to personal reasons. He mentioned that, while he still got a COA clerkship, the connections he lost probably prevented him from getting a SCOTUS clerkship.

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby PA102 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:50 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
PA102 wrote:Can anybody give some input on the potential drawbacks of transferring in my case?

I know the typically cited drawbacks include: difficulty meeting professors to get meaningful LORs in limited time, losing the previous network, etc.

If I were to transfer to H, for example, would I really be losing a network, or simply gaining another? My reasons for transferring are not related to "prestige whoring," and I know some transfer students are concerned with the "why did you transfer" question. Do these concerns simply not apply for me? Would I still be given the "network" (or opportunities that are derivative of the network) of a H student who attended since 1L?

Thanks


I know a law professor who transferred from SLS to HLS due to personal reasons. He mentioned that, while he still got a COA clerkship, the connections he lost probably prevented him from getting a SCOTUS clerkship.


This is interesting, Helmholtz. Is this a result of (weak) professor recommendations? If so, do you think this is because of this particular student's lack of face-time with his LOR writers and thus more due to the class size than transferring in general? Plus, due to the class size at HLS, isn't it mostly the name that assists your career endeavors?

Also, is it the consensus that transferring is this detrimental to post-graduate opportunities? I plan to be very involved, and would thus probably make connections with professors/classmates. Will I be as disadvantaged as the professor mentioned above?

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Re: S to H/Y

Postby Helmholtz » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:45 pm

PA102 wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:
PA102 wrote:Can anybody give some input on the potential drawbacks of transferring in my case?

I know the typically cited drawbacks include: difficulty meeting professors to get meaningful LORs in limited time, losing the previous network, etc.

If I were to transfer to H, for example, would I really be losing a network, or simply gaining another? My reasons for transferring are not related to "prestige whoring," and I know some transfer students are concerned with the "why did you transfer" question. Do these concerns simply not apply for me? Would I still be given the "network" (or opportunities that are derivative of the network) of a H student who attended since 1L?

Thanks


I know a law professor who transferred from SLS to HLS due to personal reasons. He mentioned that, while he still got a COA clerkship, the connections he lost probably prevented him from getting a SCOTUS clerkship.


This is interesting, Helmholtz. Is this a result of (weak) professor recommendations? If so, do you think this is because of this particular student's lack of face-time with his LOR writers and thus more due to the class size than transferring in general? Plus, due to the class size at HLS, isn't it mostly the name that assists your career endeavors?


I believe it had to do with lack of face time with his LOR writers, more so than class size. He's very smart and very personable, so I don't believe that any difficulties could be chalked up this prof's shortcomings. It also might have had to do with the fact that I don't think he was on HLS LR, and law review would have been much more difficult to attain at Harvard (considering the fact that you're a transfer and that SLS has 45 LR spots for such a small class), but I can't say for certain. SLS, HLS, and a Supreme Court clerkship aer low down on my list of concerns, so we didn't go too in-depth in the conversation.

I should also note the obvious: this person is now a prof at one of the best law schools in America; we should all be so disadvantaged




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