Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

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Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby mlb123 » Wed May 25, 2011 11:44 pm

I'm top 30% at Cornell and honestly want to get out of here for personal reasons. What are my best options? Any advice on transferring would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby dpk711 » Wed May 25, 2011 11:45 pm

Probably not worth it.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby Tsispilos » Wed May 25, 2011 11:46 pm

Penn, Duke, Michigan are good bets.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby DAJ_Summer » Thu May 26, 2011 10:22 pm

So long as your personal reasons are reasonably articulate in an interview setting to an employer, go for it. You won't get a real "boost" but several T14 schools would look favorably on such an ap, especially backed by a good reason for wanting to leave.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby koalatriste » Fri May 27, 2011 7:42 pm

mlb123 wrote:I'm top 30% at Cornell and honestly want to get out of here for personal reasons. What are my best options? Any advice on transferring would be much appreciated. Thank you.


1) stop queening-out and wait a week until we our second semester grades

2) everyone (myself included) wants to get out of Ithaca for personal reasons.

if your rank stays the same, though, I have heard (anecdotally) that some 2012'ers who just barely made Dean's List got into Columbia/NYU.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby Lawquacious » Fri May 27, 2011 7:50 pm

I think more info could be helpful about why exactly you want to transfer. If you mean 'worth it' primarily in terms of job prospects with a firm, then prob not, since top 30% should place you well within striking range of biglaw already. But if for personal reasons you think transferring is the right move, then I think it could be worth it. And, if you do happen to get Columbia, I personally think it would be worth it just to have that on your resume.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby mottainai » Mon May 30, 2011 3:07 am

koalatriste wrote:
mlb123 wrote:I'm top 30% at Cornell and honestly want to get out of here for personal reasons. What are my best options? Any advice on transferring would be much appreciated. Thank you.


1) stop queening-out and wait a week until we our second semester grades

2) [b]everyone (myself included) wants to get out of Ithaca for personal reasons. [/b]

if your rank stays the same, though, I have heard (anecdotally) that some 2012'ers who just barely made Dean's List got into Columbia/NYU.


This is unrelated, but is it really THAT bad there?

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby koalatriste » Mon May 30, 2011 6:56 pm

Yes. It is legitimately the worst place in the entire world.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby ndirish2010 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:23 pm

Not even close, Ithaca is a nice town. People on this site have something against every place that isn't NYC, DC, Chicago and LA.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby bogart » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:08 pm

koalatriste wrote:Yes. It is legitimately the worst place in the entire world.


What a fucking clown. Just because you didn't like Ithaca for whatever reason don't bring everyone else into your misery. Ithaca is widely considered one of the best college towns in the country and upstate has a ton of things to do, both outdoors and indoors.

As to OP. if you want out, other t14's and schools like fordham, GW, etc.. would be available, but transfering out of t14 seems real risky without a legit reason. Good luck.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby D-ROCCA » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:22 pm

Don't transfer, just do NYC biglaw. Also, Cornell's campus is beautiful.

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Re: Top 30% at Cornell Law - transfer options? Worth it?

Postby KMaine » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:53 pm

OP - Yeah, I think you could get into some other t-14s if your grades hold constant. Look at the ones that take more transfers. Harvard is probably out unless you have a stellar second semester. I wonder if it is too late to transfer out??? Don't you need to get recommendations? I am not really one to post on the transfer forum generally, so others proabably know much more about it. Also, you may want to wait to make your decision after you find out about Law Review. If you make it, it may give you more incentive to stay.

To answer the other question, Ithaca isn't for everyone. I love the place "for personal reasons." Koala doesn't, which is cool, but MANY of us are really happy here. IMO, it is a great place to spend three years.




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