tlsthrowaway wrote:Hi MIke and Karen:
First, I have not yet thanked you for doing this thread and especially for archiving it. So much easier going through an organized PDF than 70+ pages of thread!
I have a question that I did not see addressed in the PDF. I hope you don't mind, but I made a throwaway account out of paranoia, just in case some admissions officer is bored! It's a transfer question. My ultimate, dream school is Stanford, but I am well below their GPA floor. I am planning to only attend law school where I'd be happy graduating from, etc, but I still plan on throwing out a transfer app more as a hail-mary thing. But my actual question is very general. For people in this situation, where you are planning to go to and graduate from X school but still feel like it's worth it to throw a longshot app to a top, top school that you have no chance at now (h/y/s/whatever) and maybe have a GPA or LSAT that will stick out in a bad way, is it better to apply to the school during 0L to show interest, or to just wait and try to transfer so they only have your 1L grades to go on?
Thank you both. Love this thread!
I apologize in advance for this non-answer. The truth is that it doesn't really matter, at least in my experience. Applying in the regular cycle will not look bad if you apply again as a transfer in the next cycle -- it does show a genuine interest. But it's not going to hurt you if you don't apply (because you wanted to save the application fee because you already knew the answer).