How do rankings work for transfer students?

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How do rankings work for transfer students?

Postby zilladilla » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:20 pm

If you finish 1l say in top 10% and then transfer to another school, how does that work in terms of your class ranking at your new school? Just a question I'm curious about. Will you be able to put your class rank on your resume after you graduate from law school, even as a transfer?

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Re: How do rankings work for transfer students?

Postby NoDayButToday » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:51 am

It depends on the school. I'm guessing at every school, you start with a totally blank slate--no GPA, no rank. At whatever intervals in which your school calculates and discloses ranks (if they do that), you would then be factored in once you have grades.

That said, some schools don't let transfers be considered for Order of the Coif or other rank-based academic awards. I was a transfer to NYU and remembered being super confused by their Coif policy. Ended up not being relevant to me (lol), but I did see at least one transfer on the list of Coif candidates at graduation. Transfers were not eligible to be considered for NYU's 2L and 3L academic year GPA/rank-based honors like the Butler, McKay, etc. awards.

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Re: How do rankings work for transfer students?

Postby Goldie » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:00 pm

I transferred to HLS. There, transfers also start with a blank slate. 1L grades and rankings don't count at all, for better or worse. HLS doesn't do individualized rankings, but transfers are eligible for latin honors.

Re old school ranking information, you can keep it on your resume if you keep your old law school. I'm a brand new graduate and have both schools listed since I'm still applying for jobs where they'll care about my transcripts. But I think a lot of transfers get rid of their 1L school sometime around graduation or soon thereafter and then I'm not sure where you'd put your 1L school ranking.

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Re: How do rankings work for transfer students?

Postby Nebby » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:04 pm

All transfers start with blank slate at new school.

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Re: How do rankings work for transfer students?

Postby NoDayButToday » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:31 am

I agree with Goldie as to resume--you can include it if you want/if it's helpful to you. Our career services office just suggested writing "Matriculated 2014-15" instead of "J.D. candidate, 2017." (Adjust for your dates) I took my 1L school off because my GPA stayed the same to the hundredth of a point lol--so wasn't adding much, IMO.




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