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Virginia schools

Post by Harrison » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:46 am

I am a Virginia resident with a 3.8 gpa, top 10%, at an out of state law school ranked in 80s unfortunately (left VA because of full scholarship). I worked in law enforcement in Virginia two years before law school and went to undergrad in Virginia. I also grew up in Virginia (lived in VA 25 years between Richmond, Harrisonburg, and Norfolk). Obviously I am trying to return so what schools do I have a good shot at?

Hoping for Richmond, William and Mary, or UVA. I know UVA is the least likely of the three but I actually have stronger ties to UVA than the other two for whatever it is worth.

For the summer, I am currently waiting to hear back from the US attorney in the state my law school is in.

Any advice from recent transfers would be appreciated.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by Clearly » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:23 am

I actually think UVA is well within reach with a strong app (and the same grades next semester)

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Post by PeanutsNJam » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:17 pm

That is very impressive grade inflation from a T2. That will be helpful for transfer purposes. I'd also consider Duke and GULC. You won't be in VA for school, but you'd have a good shot at working in VA. You could probably get into GULC, and that's way better than W&M.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by NoDayButToday » Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:31 pm

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by Harrison » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:16 pm

Thanks for the input. I didn't think about GULC or Duke. I will definitely look at those schools now. Also good to hear I have a chance at UVA since it is definitely my top choice.

Will admissions offices meet with transfer applicants in person? I am going home for spring break soon and I am within an hour and a half of all the schools discussed. I would kind of like to express my interest and show them I truly am established in Virginia.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by lavarman84 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:17 pm

Harrison wrote:Thanks for the input. I didn't think about GULC or Duke. I will definitely look at those schools now. Also good to hear I have a chance at UVA since it is definitely my top choice.

Will admissions offices meet with transfer applicants in person? I am going home for spring break soon and I am within an hour and a half of all the schools discussed. I would kind of like to express my interest and show them I truly am established in Virginia.
No idea. Can't hurt to ask them.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by Joscellin » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:46 pm

Harrison wrote:Thanks for the input. I didn't think about GULC or Duke. I will definitely look at those schools now. Also good to hear I have a chance at UVA since it is definitely my top choice.

Will admissions offices meet with transfer applicants in person? I am going home for spring break soon and I am within an hour and a half of all the schools discussed. I would kind of like to express my interest and show them I truly am established in Virginia.
When I toured at WUSTL prior to applying, I was on the tour with a guy who was looking at transferring in. So, at the very least, some schools do it. Can't imagine it could hurt.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by hoorahray » Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:11 pm

OP, I transferred into UVA with basically the same numbers. Top 10% at a T2 in the 80s-90s depending on the year. UVA openly admits they give Virginia residents a bump. I was also UVA undergrad which I think gave me another little bump. You've got a very solid chance at UVA if you keep the grades where they are or better. Cross Richmond off your list. It isn't worth transferring there and paying sticker (look at their LST score report. It's probably no better than your current school's). W&M hardly takes any transfers. Not worth the application.

Apply to UVA, GULC, Duke, and maybe GW/GMU. You will almost certainly get one of those. I'd also throw apps to the rest of the T14 on the east coast and just see what can happen.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by Harrison » Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:45 pm

Thanks will do. I appreciate the advice. Glad you could make the UVA transfer happen.

It's funny you say that about W&M. I talked to them briefly and they pretty much said the same thing.

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Post by barkschool » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:58 pm

hoorahray wrote:OP, I transferred into UVA with basically the same numbers. Top 10% at a T2 in the 80s-90s depending on the year. UVA openly admits they give Virginia residents a bump. I was also UVA undergrad which I think gave me another little bump. You've got a very solid chance at UVA if you keep the grades where they are or better. Cross Richmond off your list. It isn't worth transferring there and paying sticker (look at their LST score report. It's probably no better than your current school's). W&M hardly takes any transfers. Not worth the application.

Apply to UVA, GULC, Duke, and maybe GW/GMU. You will almost certainly get one of those. I'd also throw apps to the rest of the T14 on the east coast and just see what can happen.
+1 best advice

I would even group GMU into the Richmond/W&M pile. I think you're in at GW & GULC easy, if you can work up a few spots this semester.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by IPlaw09 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:38 am

I am applying to transfer to VA schools (personal connection and familial reasons) from a T2 (3.54, top 15% in fall semester)
Already got accepted to Richmond but deadline is April 28th to let them know. Is a chance at UVA worth waiting it out since they wont let me know until after April??

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by EncyclopediaOrange » Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:51 am

IPlaw09 wrote:I am applying to transfer to VA schools (personal connection and familial reasons) from a T2 (3.54, top 15% in fall semester)
Already got accepted to Richmond but deadline is April 28th to let them know. Is a chance at UVA worth waiting it out since they wont let me know until after April??
According to UVA's 509 reports, I think you'd be a fringe candidate; definitely not guaranteed. There's a lot of advice above Re: Richmond. GULC is probably worth an app.

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Re: Virginia schools

Post by barkschool » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:48 pm

don't go to GMU or W&M giving up a full scholly, apply UVA DUKE GULC

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