To Transfer or Not to Transfer

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Transfer or don't?

Poll ended at Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:14 pm

Try to transfer to the T-6.
11
61%
Stay. The money is too good.
7
39%
 
Total votes: 18

theantiscalia
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To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby theantiscalia » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:14 pm

I'm approximately top five-percent at a T25. I constantly go back and forth about transfering (I hate how conservative the school is, and the city sucks), but cost is a major factor. So I wanted to get everybody's thoughts on where I should shoot for and whether or not I should even go... I've pretty much decided only to shoot for T6.

As I said, I'm roughly top five-percent. A grade on to law review is likely; I'm on the COA this summer. I want to work at a firm in a secondary market, but they seem to have ignored me for 1L (although I know this is typical). Between my school's scholarship and a private scholarship, I've largely got tuition covered. I'm also an adjunct in the business school, and that pays a good portion of my living expenses.

So I think the question is more of whether I should transfer, assuming I could get in. But if I should, where should I apply... do I even have a reasonable shot?

Advice appreciated!

Also, please don't quote this... I might delete in the future...

dakatz
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby dakatz » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:17 pm

As a top 5% student, you are set based on what your goals are. You don't spend tens of thousands extra just to "keep options open" or any other indeterminate reason. Sure, if you had a concrete reason (i.e. I want to work for a V10 firm, or I want a prestigious clerkship), then a transfer up may be warranted. But where you are right now, you will likely have great opportunities with any firm in the secondary market you seek. So I don't see what the point would be.

CanadianWolf
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:29 pm

Because you seem unhappy at Notre Dame & because you have done well during your first year of law school, you owe it to yourself to submit transfer applications to Stanford, Yale & Chicago, in my opinion. (As well as to the others in the Top 6).

theantiscalia
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby theantiscalia » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:33 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Because you seem unhappy at Notre Dame & because you have done well during your first year of law school, you owe it to yourself to submit transfer applications to Stanford, Yale & Chicago, in my opinion. (As well as to the others in the Top 6).


Conservative school in a crappy city? Was it that obvious that it was ND? LOL.

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dresden doll
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby dresden doll » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:34 pm

How unhappy are you? Because I don't see another reason why you should transfer.

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sundance95
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby sundance95 » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:34 pm

theantiscalia wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:Because you seem unhappy at Notre Dame & because you have done well during your first year of law school, you owe it to yourself to submit transfer applications to Stanford, Yale & Chicago, in my opinion. (As well as to the others in the Top 6).


Conservative school in a crappy city? Was it that obvious that it was ND? LOL.

Haha it really was. Think about how few T25s could be described as 'conservative'. Anyway, apply away, why not? You've already saved on the first 1/3 of your total COA if you succeed.

CanadianWolf
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:39 pm

A factor to consider is the liklihood of getting published in the Notre Dame Law Review if you remain. With faculty support & a business oriented perspective, publishing an article or two in the Notre Dame Law Review might create some interesting opportunities. Even so, in light of your dissatisfaction with your environment, a degree from Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Harvard or Columbia should open up lots of additional doors. Apply & see what happens. Notre Dame might fight to keep you.

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uzpakalis
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby uzpakalis » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:48 pm

theantiscalia wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:Because you seem unhappy at Notre Dame & because you have done well during your first year of law school, you owe it to yourself to submit transfer applications to Stanford, Yale & Chicago, in my opinion. (As well as to the others in the Top 6).


Conservative school in a crappy city? Was it that obvious that it was ND? LOL.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE transfer out of ND so it will be easier for me to transfer in. I will gladly take your spot. Good luck to you at your new school.

Sincerely,

A T2 student

flcath
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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby flcath » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:48 pm

I don't see why a CCN transfer would be such a bad thing. I think that the benefits of leaving LR at ND in favor of CCN start to get a little, uh, abstract, but if you don't like it here...

You're the accountant, though. You know how debt works.

Frankly at top 5% you should've skipped the ND write-on and done it at a (write-on friendly) target school; top 15 kids at ND are pure grade-on.

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Re: To Transfer or Not to Transfer

Postby XxSpyKEx » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:36 pm

I'd apply to HYS and that would be about it, if I were you.




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