Mr_Anonoymous_Poster wrote:Don't let be people on TLS get you down. Almost every person who actually transfers went into the school they went to with the intent to transfer. I know I did and I ended up transferring to a school in the Top 14.
You will be better off at a higher ranked school, all things being equal, and 10 ranks is a lot of ranks. For Yale, school rank makes a the biggest difference. It is exponentially harder to get in as #1 at the 40th ranked school than as #1 at the 20th ranked school.
For Harvard, it's not that big a deal but they require you to be #1-#5 at the school if outside the T16 (but they will reach down to the fifties and beyond). To transfer to the rest of the T-8, you can be in the Top 5% at either school and you will definitely get in somewhere from either place, with school rank probably making minimal difference.
The school's rank will do you more favors if you are in the top 10-15%. When aiming for a slot in the lower T-14 (think Georgetown), the higher rank will probably help you to get into a school you otherwise would have missed
Definitely appreciate the input from someone who has actually DONE IT. I obviously take TLS opinions with a grain of salt. There will always be trolls, and I'm fine with that. Even the "naysayers" have brought up really good points about the process though!
Transferring will not play a absolute role in my 0L decision process, but I feel like it at least needs to be considered thoroughly. Ultimately as an IP guy, I'm hoping to have a realistic shot at UCB/UVA/Penn. I suppose one way to find out how these particular schools view transfers would be to simply call the admissions office.