Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:48 pm

DeseoQueSea wrote:Thanks Arrow.

It's kind of disturbing that transfers find out about their admissions status in mid August or later. How is everyone planning on organizing life during this limbo time? As in, do you sign a lease for an apartment? Sell your car? If you're thinking of transferring to a school in a big city, as I am, how are you planning on getting an apartment in such short notice (like a week before transfer orientation, wow)?


It is definitely very hectic.

As for me, I always knew there was a possibility I would transfer, and so I did not take out any 3 year leases.

I took on a 1 year gym membership, which expired right on time.

I had a month to month lease, so I could literally cancel my last month. My landlord was awesome and did not even really care about the 30 month notice clause. Even if you do not like your first apartment, you can always consider moving during the spring semester.

I did not use a car, though my family lived nearby so I could just drive it back and just leave it with my parents.

It is always tough to get an apartment on such short notice. Luckily, big cities usually have apartments so it is all good. I did have some trouble, but craigslist is very nice. I do live with undergraduates now, but I love it.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby jwbayou5 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:10 am

Last year Stanford had 12 transfers.

This yr SLS had 16 transfers.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby ToTransferOrNot » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:16 pm

Arrow-

Throwing this out there because I'm sure more of these questions are going to start coming up as the 1Ls get their grades in.

You need to fix your description of Chicago's Early Action program. It is, in fact, binding--importantly, last year, they expected you to immediately withdraw from a GULC ED acceptance, even though Chicago's offers are made contingent on "consistent performance." That may be unique among the schools that have early action programs, but it is important.

If you'd like, I can write something up about my thoughts regarding the process, now that I have some hindsight. There are definitely pros and cons both ways, but I would have to say that Chicago ED probably isn't the right move for the vast majority of people. (I'm still not convinced it was the right move even for me, and if ED Chicago is right for anyone, it is someone in my situation (no desire to be anywhere but Chicago as far as post-school career goes, really want to clerk, very interested in learning about law and econ, really wanted to stay close to my Wisconsin/Chicago family even during law school) because of what I gave up (a plausible shot at HYS).)

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:49 pm

You're totally right, how silly of me. Thanks for spotting it!

Your always welcome to add to the general knowledge, however you decide to share, your insight would be infinitely helpful.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:45 pm

I apologize, I have no data on that. You are also right, I do not think the yahoo groups have anything either.

At my old school, one of my professors told me of a student who really wanted to stay last year. She was in the top 5% but only got half a scholarship. The thing is, she REALLY REALLY wanted to stay. She showed the Dean her acceptance (I think to UCLA), and negotiated (or "acted like she was gonna transfer"), and they gave her a full scholarship! The professor also told me that if I wanted to stay, they would probably give me a full scholarship to stay as well.

My guess is that schools can give students more money to stay, but they know that some students will stay even without the scholarship money, so they do not go around handing out full rides to the entire top 10%. In the end, getting additional scholarship money is school specific, but I am sure you can do some awesome negotiating if you show them that HYS acceptance.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby 20160810 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:32 pm

This is an incredibly good article. Thank you.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Dman » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:38 am

Thanks for bumping this up. Again, Arrow's work and wisdom has come in very handy.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby LuvTheWNBA » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:46 am

WUSTL no longer has transfer EA

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:04 am

Thanks for the update! It is now corrected.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby englawyer » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:53 pm

is there a list of schools with particularly douchey or un-douchey policies towards outgoing transfers? I wouldn't advocate that as a major consideration in selecting a school, but it could certainly be a tiebreaker.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby DeseoQueSea » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:18 pm

englawyer wrote:is there a list of schools with particularly douchey or un-douchey policies towards outgoing transfers? I wouldn't advocate that as a major consideration in selecting a school, but it could certainly be a tiebreaker.


What do you mean? Like not sending transcripts in a timely manner? I feel naive.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby ToTransferOrNot » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:42 pm

One of the Loyola schools famously forbids people who attempt to transfer from participating in OCI, even if the student doesn't transfer. There was a story on ATL about it; perhaps the school has changed its policy at this point.

Many schools will not allow potential transfers to participate in the Law Review write on process, or Moot Court tryouts. Enforced by a notation on your transcript that would raise C&F questions, I imagine.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby englawyer » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:56 pm

DeseoQueSea wrote:
englawyer wrote:is there a list of schools with particularly douchey or un-douchey policies towards outgoing transfers? I wouldn't advocate that as a major consideration in selecting a school, but it could certainly be a tiebreaker.


What do you mean? Like not sending transcripts in a timely manner? I feel naive.


what i meant is that some schools may take aggressive steps to ensure their students do NOT transfer. IE tell the professors "no LOR", shut out from OCI, stuff like that. It would be good to have a list of the more egregious ones.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby engineergirl » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:49 am

I am in a 40s school currently and am in the top 15%. I want to move up to a school in the 20s. This school is in the same city and definitely has a way better program in the field of law I am interested in (IP). Any thoughts about my chances? I just really think the OCI at the new school would be more geared towards IP than my present school's OCI.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby jk11287 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:46 pm

As a GW 0L, this is probably jumping the gun but I did have two questions:

1.) Assuming one is in the top 5% at GW, is it possible to transfer to HYS? Seeing that GW is neither in the T14 nor in the same region as these schools?

2.) I know a lot of people do it, but is GW-->GULC really worth it, given that (as of 2011) they are probably only going to be 6-10 spots apart, when one considers the potential loss of opportunities during OCI?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:59 pm

engineergirl wrote:I am in a 40s school currently and am in the top 15%. I want to move up to a school in the 20s. This school is in the same city and definitely has a way better program in the field of law I am interested in (IP). Any thoughts about my chances? I just really think the OCI at the new school would be more geared towards IP than my present school's OCI.


My guess is that top 15% is good enough for a move up of about 20 slots. Moving up for a better IP program is also very common and if the school is more IP focused, there will likely be more IP firms attending OCI as well. Go for it!
jk11287 wrote:As a GW 0L, this is probably jumping the gun but I did have two questions:

1.) Assuming one is in the top 5% at GW, is it possible to transfer to HYS? Seeing that GW is neither in the T14 nor in the same region as these schools?

2.) I know a lot of people do it, but is GW-->GULC really worth it, given that (as of 2011) they are probably only going to be 6-10 spots apart, when one considers the potential loss of opportunities during OCI?


1.) It is certainly possible, but top 2-3% would probably make it more likely. It does not really matter if you are in the T14 or in the same region as HYS, you just have to score really REALLY high.

2.) I personally do not think GW to GULC is worth it since it is not much of a difference. If you really want, you can, but you are going to need a really good reason to. GW is already a good school and a jump like that looks really prestige related. Overall, you will have great opportunities at GW so you should consider staying with the scholarship (that you'll receive possibly for 2L/3L year) + law review.
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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby jk11287 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:05 pm

Arrow wrote:
engineergirl wrote:I am in a 40s school currently and am in the top 15%. I want to move up to a school in the 20s. This school is in the same city and definitely has a way better program in the field of law I am interested in (IP). Any thoughts about my chances? I just really think the OCI at the new school would be more geared towards IP than my present school's OCI.


My guess is that top 15% is good enough for a move up of about 20 slots. Moving up for a better IP program is also very common and if the school is more IP focused, there will likely be more IP firms attending OCI as well. Go for it!
jk11287 wrote:As a GW 0L, this is probably jumping the gun but I did have two questions:

1.) Assuming one is in the top 5% at GW, is it possible to transfer to HYS? Seeing that GW is neither in the T14 nor in the same region as these schools?

2.) I know a lot of people do it, but is GW-->GULC really worth it, given that (as of 2011) they are probably only going to be 6-10 spots apart, when one considers the potential loss of opportunities during OCI?


1.) It is certainly possible, but top 2-3% would probably make it more likely. It does not really matter if you are in the T14 or in the same region as HYS, you just have to score really REALLY high.

2.) I personally do not think GW to GULC is worth it since it is not much of a difference. If you really want, you can, but you are going to need a really good reason to. GW is already a good school and a jump like that looks really prestige related. Overall, you will have great opportunities at GW so you should consider staying with the scholarship + law review.

Yeah, due to a low GPA after LSDAS, I wasn't actually offered a scholarship, which is sort of why I figured that if I'm going to pay sticker at GW, I might as well try to get into a school with more prestige because its not like I'm forgoing any money.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Rayjay » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:36 am

Looks like I'm in the same situation at GW, which is now ranked 20.

Any idea how well I would have to do to make transferring to Penn or Columbia a reality?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Rayjay » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:51 am

I am also curious as to how well one would have to do to transfer from Villanova to Penn or Columbia?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby kaydish21 » Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:23 pm

Great info. Thank you!

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:08 pm

Rayjay wrote:Looks like I'm in the same situation at GW, which is now ranked 20.

Any idea how well I would have to do to make transferring to Penn or Columbia a reality?


My guess is that top 15% should be sufficient (maybe even top 20%), with top 10% being a lock for Penn. The requirements should be a bit higher for Columbia. I doubt the huge change in rankings will make how the T14 perceives GW, as they will likely look at them the same way they have in the past.

Rayjay wrote:I am also curious as to how well one would have to do to transfer from Villanova to Penn or Columbia?


My guess here is that top 10% should be good for Penn, with top 5% for Columbia.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Rayjay » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:07 am

Arrow wrote:
Rayjay wrote:Looks like I'm in the same situation at GW, which is now ranked 20.

Any idea how well I would have to do to make transferring to Penn or Columbia a reality?


My guess is that top 15% should be sufficient (maybe even top 20%), with top 10% being a lock for Penn. The requirements should be a bit higher for Columbia. I doubt the huge change in rankings will make how the T14 perceives GW, as they will likely look at them the same way they have in the past.

Rayjay wrote:I am also curious as to how well one would have to do to transfer from Villanova to Penn or Columbia?


My guess here is that top 10% should be good for Penn, with top 5% for Columbia.


So it doesn't sound like GW would make it any easier to transfer than Villanova?

I am currently trying to decide between a full ride at Nova and GW with a small amount of money...any advice?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby TuNeCedeMalis » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:37 pm

I know someone who spoke to Dean Trujillo at UVA about transferring. Supposedly the dean said that they hadn't taken anyone who wasn't in the top 5% int he last few years (3 that he's been there?), and that they only take 15 people a year. Is there a way to square this with your info?

What chances do you think someone in the top 10% at a 30-40 ranked school has of UVA, Duke, or better?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:24 am

TuNeCedeMalis wrote:I know someone who spoke to Dean Trujillo at UVA about transferring. Supposedly the dean said that they hadn't taken anyone who wasn't in the top 5% int he last few years (3 that he's been there?), and that they only take 15 people a year. Is there a way to square this with your info?

What chances do you think someone in the top 10% at a 30-40 ranked school has of UVA, Duke, or better?


I honestly have no idea. That information certainly is confusing, though from the Yahoo Database, I am sure there are more people who made it into UVA with different numbers.

Normally, someone in the top 10% at a T1 has great chances all throughout the T14. Perhaps times have changed, or perhaps only top 5% students went, or perhaps it is just more of a generalization. Either way, give it a shot as your chances should be great!

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby engineergirl » Wed May 26, 2010 5:35 pm

So, I am at a 40s school and around top 30% (I was top 20% last semester but this semester hasn't gone as well as I'd hoped). I want to transfer to Fordham because of their IP program and the fact that my entire family and fiance live in the NY/NJ area. I am an engineering major (patent bar eligible) and wrote onto law review. I was wondering if this is a long shot and if it's even worth a try.... Fordham is the only transfer app I am planning on putting in.




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