How do you update your resume after a transfer?

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How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby bmic » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:31 pm

I'm working on OCI stuff and I need to change my resume now that I am transferring. Any ideas on how I should do this? I imagine that I will keep my previous law school GPA, but should I replace my anticipated graduation date with "Transferred"? And any ideas on what I should do for my new school to explain why I have no grades? Or will it be obvious from my having two law schools on my resume? Thanks!

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby starchinkilt » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:34 pm

bmic wrote:I'm working on OCI stuff and I need to change my resume now that I am transferring. Any ideas on how I should do this? I imagine that I will keep my previous law school GPA, but should I replace my anticipated graduation date with "Transferred"? And any ideas on what I should do for my new school to explain why I have no grades? Or will it be obvious from my having two law schools on my resume? Thanks!


I was told to do it like this:


New School City
Juris Doctor, expected May 2013

Old School City
First-year J.D. coursework completed 2010-2011
GPA: x.xx/x.xx
Class Rank: % or xx/xxx

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby D.Wilde » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:44 pm

Your new school might have specific policies about how transfers are supposed to represent this on their resumes. Definitely check with them.

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby bmic » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:53 pm

starchinkilt wrote:
bmic wrote:I'm working on OCI stuff and I need to change my resume now that I am transferring. Any ideas on how I should do this? I imagine that I will keep my previous law school GPA, but should I replace my anticipated graduation date with "Transferred"? And any ideas on what I should do for my new school to explain why I have no grades? Or will it be obvious from my having two law schools on my resume? Thanks!


I was told to do it like this:


New School City
Juris Doctor, expected May 2013

Old School City
First-year J.D. coursework completed 2010-2011
GPA: x.xx/x.xx
Class Rank: % or xx/xxx


Thanks Star. But would the GPA be something like 3.58/3.00 to show what the curve was, or should I do that out of the highest GPA offered?

And any tips on how to mention transferring in cover letters? I doubt it would be that much, but I was thinking about something like "Although I enjoyed my first year in law school, I transferred to New School because I wish to practice in New City (where most of the firms I apply to will be)."

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby starchinkilt » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:57 pm

bmic wrote:
starchinkilt wrote:
bmic wrote:I'm working on OCI stuff and I need to change my resume now that I am transferring. Any ideas on how I should do this? I imagine that I will keep my previous law school GPA, but should I replace my anticipated graduation date with "Transferred"? And any ideas on what I should do for my new school to explain why I have no grades? Or will it be obvious from my having two law schools on my resume? Thanks!


I was told to do it like this:


New School City
Juris Doctor, expected May 2013

Old School City
First-year J.D. coursework completed 2010-2011
GPA: x.xx/x.xx
Class Rank: % or xx/xxx


Thanks Star. But would the GPA be something like 3.58/3.00 to show what the curve was, or should I do that out of the highest GPA offered?

And any tips on how to mention transferring in cover letters? I doubt it would be that much, but I was thinking about something like "Although I enjoyed my first year in law school, I transferred to New School because I wish to practice in New City (where most of the firms I apply to will be)."


Probably better off asking your new career services those questions. I'm just doing what mine told me to do.

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby Artemis » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:08 pm

How long do you need to keep your old school on your resume? Until you receive your first semester grades at the new school?

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby ReversedAndRemanded » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:09 pm

I'm pretty sure it always needs to be there. You can't really misrepresent yourself by making it look like you always attended New School when really you've only been there for a semester (a year, two years, etc.)

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby Nacirema » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:16 pm

Hey, this should prob be in a different thread....but how does OCI work with transfer GPA? Do we get to pretend and apply for jobs that require Top 10% at new school?

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby bmic » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:40 pm

Nacirema wrote:Hey, this should prob be in a different thread....but how does OCI work with transfer GPA? Do we get to pretend and apply for jobs that require Top 10% at new school?

I'm also curious about this. Especially since my old school didn't rank and I'm not sure the firms I'm now applying to will know that...

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby missinglink » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:00 pm

D.Wilde wrote:Your new school might have specific policies about how transfers are supposed to represent this on their resumes. Definitely check with them.

Seconded. Ask your OCS what they recommend.

My transfer school sent us some sample resumes, for instance.

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby missinglink » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:08 pm

Artemis wrote:How long do you need to keep your old school on your resume? Until you receive your first semester grades at the new school?

I think it deserves its own heading until you have a transfer-school GPA. After that, you can represent it as a bullet point below your transfer school.

Individual school policies on the matter may vary, however.

Most questions in this thread - for instance how to approach GPA cutoffs for OCI at a new school - are best addressed by your specific school's OCS.

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby transplantedbuckeye » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:20 pm

Artemis wrote:How long do you need to keep your old school on your resume? Until you receive your first semester grades at the new school?


I feel like I remember being told you have to keep it until graduation.
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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby Borhas » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:21 pm

Artemis wrote:How long do you need to keep your old school on your resume? Until you receive your first semester grades at the new school?


once you graduate I'd say you can take it off

I don't think Obama includes the no name UG he attended before he transferred to Columbia on his resume

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby transplantedbuckeye » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:29 pm

Borhas wrote:
Artemis wrote:How long do you need to keep your old school on your resume? Until you receive your first semester grades at the new school?


once you graduate I'd say you can take it off

I don't think Obama includes the no name UG he attended before he transferred to Columbia on his resume



I wouldn't exactly call Occidental a no name...

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Re: How do you update your resume after a transfer?

Postby nyyankees » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:37 pm

transplantedbuckeye wrote:
Borhas wrote:
Artemis wrote:How long do you need to keep your old school on your resume? Until you receive your first semester grades at the new school?


once you graduate I'd say you can take it off

I don't think Obama includes the no name UG he attended before he transferred to Columbia on his resume



I wouldn't exactly call Occidental a no name...


Occiwha??? is it in hawaii? :lol:




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