Does anyone have any sample transfer applicant essays?
The school I am applying to asks for a writing setting out the reasons you want to transfer. It is not called a "personal statement" though, which I assume means that they do not want background info. included in the initial PS.
Given that little bit of guidance, does anyone think it would be best to go with a memo style 1-page or do you think it would be two pages double-spaced? (on practical, substantive reasons to transfer)
The samples might clear this up, but I can't seem to find any.
Transfer student 2L here. A couple things:
At the school I tranferred to, our 1L grades are not recognized in our GPA. We can graduate with latin honors based on our 2L and 3L grades. This does seem to help transfers make honors because you can take seminars/easy classes and don't need to factor in 1L grades (when students are the most competitive). But I guess it could also work against you since you don't know which professors to take or you may need time to readjust. Another trade-off is that you normally can't be on the law review of your new school.
As for the writing sample....is that in addition to a personal statement? If not, then they are indeed asking for a personal statement in which you should incorporate an explanation as to why you want to transfer.
Sorry if I wasn't clear--the school is LSU and they are asking for a petition (not a writing sample), which sets out the reasons the applicant wishes to transfer.
I was a bit confused as to why they didn't call it a personal statement like most other schools seem to do.
Given that they only ask for the reasons to transfer, I was curious if I should keep it to one page, single-spaced or two pages, double-spaced (like the initial application PS). I know no one would know for sure, but just wanted to see if either option struck anyone as more appropriate given what they are asking.