Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby thebobs1987 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:09 pm

MKX wrote:Going to Chicago-Kent with a great sized scholarship...

I live in the Chicago area so I will be staying at home so I won't have anything to pay for except school/books. I hope to work in Chicago as well. Was Kent a reasonable choice for me then?

I hope to do corporate law and I know someone who can 99% guarantee me an in house business law internship. They can't obviously guarantee me a job because they work in a different department but I figure not a bad start..

Just wondering what are my chances of being able to transfer into NW after 1L? (I start this fall). It was my freshman GPA in college that hurt me in the selection process. I had under a 3.0 my first year in school and I'll be graduating around a 3.6 so I turned it around but I couldn't fix my GPA in time for applications.

I know I don't have numbers yet of where I rank in the school and what not, but I know with my study habits that I've seriously improved the last 3 years I will put in a lot of time and effort. My question basically is would the transfer be a good idea and what would I have to do to be able to transfer.


This forum is for current law students seeking advice on applying to transfer from one law school to another. As such, the following rules are hereby in place:

1) 0Ls should not be posting questions here.

If you're a 0L who wants advice about anything from current law students, including how transferring works, then you want to go to this forum set up just for you: viewforum.php?f=4

0Ls are welcome to be here, to read and to make appropriate comments, but read note #3 below before you comment.

2) 1Ls (and 0Ls!), do not ask about transfer odds or possibilities before you have grades.

And don't think about transferring before you even go to school. To transfer from Kent to NU you would need to be in the top 10%. I don't know if Kent still does this, but my friends just graduated in May and they section stacked making it hard to be in the top 10%. If you would rather go to NU, retake the LSAT. Don't plan on transferring entering law school. It rarely works out

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Danger Zone » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:14 pm

First off, 0Ls shouldn't be posting in this forum. To address your post though...

You have about a 10% chance of transferring from Kent to Northwestern, considering the cutoff for transferring is probably close to the top 10% of the class.

However, if you retake the LSAT and break 170, you can almost assuredly get into Northwestern, since first year admissions are based entirely on LSAT/GPA and Northwestern is known for its leniency with splitters. Why take the risk of going to Kent with the hope of transferring when you can guarantee your spot at the school you really want?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby justgottabezen » Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:51 pm

If I am ranked 1 in my school with a 4.0, do you think I have a shot at transferring into any of the top schools, even though my school is really low rank (like below 100)? I have heard many people from my school transfer to Georgetown but haven't heard much else.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Arrow » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:37 pm

justgottabezen wrote:If I am ranked 1 in my school with a 4.0, do you think I have a shot at transferring into any of the top schools, even though my school is really low rank (like below 100)? I have heard many people from my school transfer to Georgetown but haven't heard much else.


Go for it! We had students who transferred from T3's at Berkeley, and they generally were rank number 1 or 2.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Nova » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:38 pm

sup arrow :wink:

thx for the guides!!

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby justgottabezen » Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:45 am

Arrow wrote:
justgottabezen wrote:If I am ranked 1 in my school with a 4.0, do you think I have a shot at transferring into any of the top schools, even though my school is really low rank (like below 100)? I have heard many people from my school transfer to Georgetown but haven't heard much else.


Go for it! We had students who transferred from T3's at Berkeley, and they generally were rank number 1 or 2.


Thanks :)

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby justgottabezen » Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:11 pm

justgottabezen wrote:
Arrow wrote:
justgottabezen wrote:If I am ranked 1 in my school with a 4.0, do you think I have a shot at transferring into any of the top schools, even though my school is really low rank (like below 100)? I have heard many people from my school transfer to Georgetown but haven't heard much else.


Go for it! We had students who transferred from T3's at Berkeley, and they generally were rank number 1 or 2.


Thanks :)



Update: for anyone who's still applying to transfer
I was accepted to Georgetown and Berkeley. Not accepted to Chicago or NYU.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby bethanyrose09 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:06 pm

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby reasonable person » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:14 pm

Go to Chicago

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby randomstudent » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:28 pm

bethanyrose09 wrote:Ok I need advice. I've asked a few lawyers but they are uncertain. There prob isnt any answers, but I thought I'd try anyway.

I'm a rising 2L at Northwestern, considering transferring to UChicago.

Certain things to consider:

-I would like a federal appellate clerkship
-I will be leaving a half tuition scholarship at Northwestern (with the possibility of them increasing my scholarship once I show them my Chicago offer)
-I might want to be a professor one day
-I cannot write on at Chicago-- I already missed that deadline, but I made Northwestern's law review.
-I am the VP of two societies at NU and involved in other societies.
-I can be a research assistant to two leading constitutional law scholars and one professor agreed to supervise me in our law scholars program (for individuals that would like to work in academia)
-I am not attached to the NU community. A change of pace would be more than welcomed at Chicago. Though I can get housing easily at NU.

Thoughts? Are my clerkship opportunities better at NU or Chicago, given Chicago's higher rank and prestige and the fact that I made law review and have a decent GPA at NU?

Thanks!
That's a tough call, Bethany. For academia, see http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leit ... o_top.html. For clerkships, are there any professors at NU or Chicago that you can talk to about clerkship prospects? A professor who is on the clerkship committee may be able to give you some insight on your chances of getting a federal appellate clerkship if you stay at NU (and keep your GPA and law review) or transfer to Chicago (but don't make law review).
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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby bethanyrose09 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:48 pm

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby bethanyrose09 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:49 pm

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Nelson » Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:33 pm

bethanyrose09 wrote:Ok I need advice. I've asked a few lawyers but they are uncertain. There prob isnt any answers, but I thought I'd try anyway.

I'm a rising 2L at Northwestern, considering transferring to UChicago.

Certain things to consider:

-I would like a federal appellate clerkship
-I will be leaving a half tuition scholarship at Northwestern (with the possibility of them increasing my scholarship once I show them my Chicago offer)
-I might want to be a professor one day
-I cannot write on at Chicago-- I already missed that deadline, but I made Northwestern's law review.
-I am the VP of two societies at NU and involved in other societies.
-I can be a research assistant to two leading constitutional law scholars and one professor agreed to supervise me in our law scholars program (for individuals that would like to work in academia)
-I am not attached to the NU community. A change of pace would be more than welcomed at Chicago. Though I can get housing easily at NU.

Thoughts? Are my clerkship opportunities better at NU or Chicago, given Chicago's higher rank and prestige and the fact that I made law review and have a decent GPA at NU?

Thanks!

There is no benefit to this transfer. losing LR and your recs will make clerking more difficult. You probably won't be a law professor from either school (assuming you mean a tenured one and not a clinical prof) and transferring won't help you there either. You need to stay where you are, work connections with profs, and publish.

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Re: Bid List

Postby msilver27 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:08 pm

Hi all,

Seeking some feedback regarding my bid list. I'm transferring to CLS from a T2 (60-70). At my previous law school I was in the top 3%. I have work experience as a teacher (Teach for America program). Below is the list of firms in order 1-30. I welcome criticism. Unless otherwise noted all firms are NY.


Proskauer Rose
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Paul Hastings
Debevoise
Kaye Scholer
Hogan Lovells
Clifford Chance
Milbank Tweed
Weil Gotshal
Willike
Schulte
Ropes and Gray
Cahill Gordon
Cleary
Paul, Weiss
DPW
K&L Gates
Cadwalader
Fried Frank
Kramer Levin
O'Melveny
Pillsbury
Dechert
Hughes Hubbard
Stroock & Stroock
Simpson
DLA Piper
Bryane Cave
Lowenstein Sandler, NJ

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby BaberhamLincoln » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:19 am

Srs q: can you get a fee waiver for transfer apps?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby courtneyjaclyn » Tue May 12, 2015 4:10 pm

Does anyone have experience with transferring from Whittier Law School? I would want to transfer to a school like Loyola or Pepperdine. Is it hard to finish top 25% of your class? What is the curve like? I am very determined/capable and dont want to waste another year. But I also realize I shouldnt bank on transferring. Any thoughts appreciated.. thanks!!

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby PourMeTea » Tue May 12, 2015 4:50 pm

leigh912198972 wrote:Srs q: can you get a fee waiver for transfer apps?

Sure.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby BVest » Tue May 12, 2015 10:16 pm

courtneyjaclyn wrote:Does anyone have experience with transferring from Whittier Law School? I would want to transfer to a school like Loyola or Pepperdine. Is it hard to finish top 25% of your class? What is the curve like? I am very determined/capable and dont want to waste another year. But I also realize I shouldnt bank on transferring. Any thoughts appreciated.. thanks!!


It's horrible, this idea.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby SowhatsNU » Mon May 18, 2015 6:06 pm

PourMeTea wrote:
leigh912198972 wrote:Srs q: can you get a fee waiver for transfer apps?

Sure.


How?

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby Nebby » Mon May 18, 2015 10:27 pm

SowhatsNU wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
leigh912198972 wrote:Srs q: can you get a fee waiver for transfer apps?

Sure.


How?

I don't think you can.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby PourMeTea » Tue May 19, 2015 1:24 am

SowhatsNU wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
leigh912198972 wrote:Srs q: can you get a fee waiver for transfer apps?

Sure.


How?

some T2 schools have been sending around unsolicited fee waivers, congratulating 1Ls on finishing the year and asking them to consider applying as a transfer.

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby NoDayButToday » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:07 pm

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby BVest » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:28 pm

IMO, it's always worth expressing your continued interest through relevant updates such as these (even if it's comping on).

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby dfg » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:45 pm

leigh912198972 wrote:Srs q: can you get a fee waiver for transfer apps?

I got them at Mich and UVa (service waivers); pretty great

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Re: Advice for Transferring to Another Law School

Postby AReasonableMan » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:56 pm

A close friend of mine was one of the best 5 or 10 students in all of his sub-100 school and the best that could net was a t-20. He was rejected from the other NY schools so While going to any school hoping to transfer is a poor decision, it's possible that you're going into a race that you're disqualified from, from the get go even if you are 1. anyone familiar with the process with a semblance of empathy would not tell their worst enemy to go to a sub-100 school and be number one.




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