Transfer to American

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mardilloe27
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Transfer to American

Postby mardilloe27 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:07 pm

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Shammis
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Re: Transfer to American

Postby Shammis » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:12 pm

I would imagine you would get in, though I have no idea about transferring. I was wondering why you didnt at least try to shoot of GW? No animosity, only curiosity (the best osity I believe)

*killing time at work...

ran12
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Re: Transfer to American

Postby ran12 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:16 pm

jstubbs wrote:I would imagine you would get in, though I have no idea about transferring. I was wondering why you didnt at least try to shoot of GW? No animosity, only curiosity (the best osity I believe)

*killing time at work...


I agree with this. American is overrated. It costs way too much and since you're transferring you'll be paying sticker. Also, American is not really in DC. Technically it's within the borders but it's closer to MD than the heart of DC. GW would be a better option if you can get in.

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mardilloe27 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:21 pm

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby ran12 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:57 pm

mardilloe27 wrote:I was planning on trying GWU if I made it to top 15%, maybe if top 20%, but figured that would be a stretch and decided against it after seeing my class rank at top 25%. From what I understood GWU would have been a stretch.

The cost of American v. my current school would be about the same.

My transfer application status has finally been updated as "Complete" at American and I noticed I have been checking online a little too much. I'm sure I will hear back shortly, just wondering what people thought my chances were.


In this case I would transfer to American. If costs are equal then it makes sense to go to American over Hofstra/Rutgers. While I do mean what I said in my earlier post about American, American still has a pretty good alumni base in DC.

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mardilloe27 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:05 pm

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby bceagles182 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:14 pm

ran12 wrote:
mardilloe27 wrote:I was planning on trying GWU if I made it to top 15%, maybe if top 20%, but figured that would be a stretch and decided against it after seeing my class rank at top 25%. From what I understood GWU would have been a stretch.

The cost of American v. my current school would be about the same.

My transfer application status has finally been updated as "Complete" at American and I noticed I have been checking online a little too much. I'm sure I will hear back shortly, just wondering what people thought my chances were.


In this case I would transfer to American. If costs are equal then it makes sense to go to American over Hofstra/Rutgers. While I do mean what I said in my earlier post about American, American still has a pretty good alumni base in DC.



I think a lot of people transfer out of American so there should be plenty of space opening up.

This actually depends where you want to practice. If you are at Hofstra and want long island, I'd stay at hofstra. If you are at either Rutgers Camden or Newark and want New Jersey (NOT NYC), I'd stay at Rutgers. If you want DC, transfer to American.

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mocobrowncoat » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:28 pm

OP, I think you'll probably get in. I was accepted from a lower ranked school with a lower class rank, so I don't see why you wouldn't be. Just my thought on that.

In response to those American nay-sayers, it depends what you want to study and practice. If you're looking for IP, GW all the way. But American has the better international law program. I've only heard of WCL graduates being extremely happy with their program; I've heard mixed reviews about GW. And in terms of being in DC, I grew up in the area, and no one thinks of American as a Maryland school.

mardilloe27
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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mardilloe27 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:38 pm

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mardilloe27 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:41 pm

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby lawgod » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:50 pm

mardilloe27 wrote:I am at a school with a USNEWS ranking between 80-85, in the NYC region (so probably Hofstra or Rutgers).
Finished 1L year top 25% (made significant improvements from first to second semester, if that would matter).

I have applied to transfer to American University Washington College of Law. (USNEWS rank 50).

Was wondering what anyone thought about my transfer chances or if other people had information about making similar transfers.


I disagree. I think you are probably at Cardozo.

mocobrowncoat
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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mocobrowncoat » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:05 am

Turnaround was pretty quick; I was notified on the 24th I think, my application was complete by the 15th.

I know you can take the NY bar and be accepted in DC, I have a friend who did it last year. I don't know much about the NY law schools, but if you have options, I would look at the programs the schools have and try to talk to some students at the schools to get a feel for where you fit better. It sounds like you aren't really leaning in one direction but trying to keep options open, and I think if you go to DC and do well, you'll be able to find a job in NY if you decide to, or if you stay in NY and do well, you'll be able to find a job in DC if you decide to. So it's probably just a question of fit.

Just my 2 cents, FWIW.

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Re: Transfer to American

Postby NorthFace » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:43 am

Mocobrowncoat, i'm assuming you received notification via regular mail?

Is there any info out there on # of transfer applicants/stats for American?

mocobrowncoat
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Re: Transfer to American

Postby mocobrowncoat » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:21 am

NorthFace wrote:Mocobrowncoat, i'm assuming you received notification via regular mail?

Is there any info out there on # of transfer applicants/stats for American?


Nope, by email, followed by status checker, and then snail mail a few days later with the official letter. Letter was in small envelope, with three sheets of paper tri-fold.




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