Second semester wild card?

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Second semester wild card?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:38 am

I just got my fall grades from a lower-ranked T-14 school and was excited to see I got As and an A+. I would love to transfer to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia or NYU, but because moving to one of these places would be a pretty big hassle for my fiancee (she's trying to pick a state to study for the bar now), I don't want to really set my sights on transferring unless there is a very real shot I could make it into one of these schools. Does someone have a sense as to how likely me getting into one of these schools would be, or does everything hang on second semester?

Also, I understand some law schools treat an A+ as a 4.3 and others as a 4.0. When calculating GPAs for transfer applicants, do schools use their own weighting or rely on what the school that gave the grade assigned to it?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Second semester wild card?

Postby Uncle.Joe » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:11 am

Your anonymous, share your GPA and preferably class rank. Class rank is what matters.

Assuming your at or above a 4.0 with a repeat your very close to a lock for H. Also, why would you not apply without being sure you would gain entrance? Really not that costly or time consuming.


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Re: Second semester wild card?

Postby sgsmith » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:56 am

I assume I'm first? GPA is 4.0 (unless other schools would re-calculate it with the A+). Top 10% at my school is historically under 3.8, so let's say I fall to there after next semester. I just don't want to disrupt my fiancee's life if it's gonna be a crap shoot.

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Re: Second semester wild card?

Postby piccolittle » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:03 pm

Why would the school you pick affect her bar state? I assume you're both planning to practice in the same jurisdiction after graduation - does she have to move to school with you? It seems pretty short-sighted to take the bar in the state you're going to school rather than, say, where she wants to practice long-term. Where were you both aiming for before you thought about transferring?

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