Transfer from Penn to Harvard

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Transfer from Penn to Harvard

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:14 am

Hey everyone,

I just got my grades back from my first semester at Penn Law - I have an average grade of slightly above a B+ average which would put me at about the median at school. I am a little heart broken because I was really hoping to transfer to HLS because my husband works in Boston. What are my current chances/any advice on what my grades should look like this Spring to enable me to transfer? Penn also doesn't release class ranks/GPA averages so I don't know what my exact class rank or GPA is (I don't receive any financial assistance at Penn which is why transferring to HLS doesn't seem like a bad idea financially at all).

Thanks!!

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Re: Transfer from Penn to Harvard

Postby obx » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:38 am

Anonymous User wrote:Hey everyone,

I just got my grades back from my first semester at Penn Law - I have an average grade of slightly above a B+ average which would put me at about the median at school. I am a little heart broken because I was really hoping to transfer to HLS because my husband works in Boston. What are my current chances/any advice on what my grades should look like this Spring to enable me to transfer? Penn also doesn't release class ranks/GPA averages so I don't know what my exact class rank or GPA is (I don't receive any financial assistance at Penn which is why transferring to HLS doesn't seem like a bad idea financially at all).


Thanks!!



To my knowledge, things haven’t changed, and over a b+ is definitely above median. Pretty sure consensus was that median was a bit below b+ Largely since b-s were on the curve and not discretionary. But also I think think an in depth discussion of this is harmful and undercuts the point of the no-gpa/tank policy. Also, HLS is not likely.

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Re: Transfer from Penn to Harvard

Postby sparkytrainer » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:02 pm

obx wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Hey everyone,

I just got my grades back from my first semester at Penn Law - I have an average grade of slightly above a B+ average which would put me at about the median at school. I am a little heart broken because I was really hoping to transfer to HLS because my husband works in Boston. What are my current chances/any advice on what my grades should look like this Spring to enable me to transfer? Penn also doesn't release class ranks/GPA averages so I don't know what my exact class rank or GPA is (I don't receive any financial assistance at Penn which is why transferring to HLS doesn't seem like a bad idea financially at all).


Thanks!!



To my knowledge, things haven’t changed, and over a b+ is definitely above median. Pretty sure consensus was that median was a bit below b+ Largely since b-s were on the curve and not discretionary. But also I think think an in depth discussion of this is harmful and undercuts the point of the no-gpa/tank policy. Also, HLS is not likely.


Yeah, the chances of transferring to Harvard are as close to 0% as you can get. Sorry.

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Re: Transfer from Penn to Harvard

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:02 pm

There is another option that you should consider: Third Year Visiting Student at Harvard Law School. Acceptable reasons include Personal Hardship.

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Re: Transfer from Penn to Harvard

Postby jbagelboy » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:18 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:There is another option that you should consider: Third Year Visiting Student at Harvard Law School. Acceptable reasons include Personal Hardship.


Yeah this is your best bet.

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Re: Transfer from Penn to Harvard

Postby radio1nowhere » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:29 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:There is another option that you should consider: Third Year Visiting Student at Harvard Law School. Acceptable reasons include Personal Hardship.

Yeah this is your best bet.

Unfortunately, the chances are still extremely low if OP's main reason for visiting would be to rejoin a spouse. See the following, from the HLS website:
The Administrative Board will approve up to five students each year for each program (Visits To and Away), basing its decisions on the significant personal circumstances presented. Please note that living apart from a spouse or significant other does not, in and of itself, constitute a significant circumstance for purposes of the Third Year Visiting Program.

LINK: http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/dos/program ... ar-visits/




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