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Law Students => Transferring => Topic started by: Andrew on July 10, 2003, 05:09:01 AM

Title: introduction to the topic
Post by: Andrew on July 10, 2003, 05:09:01 AM
By request, here is a transferring student's board.  This is in the students section of the website because you have to be a law student before you can transfer.

This fact shouldn't limit the discussion to current law students.  Understandably, a lot of pre-law applicants are interested in transferring even before starting school.  Feel free to discuss that interest here.
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: angelgirl on July 26, 2003, 05:08:09 PM
Has anyone heard about their transfer applications into New York schools yet?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Ryckman_Boy on July 29, 2003, 03:42:58 PM
Are you a BU student who made law review? With the first initial "M"?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Shoelace78 on August 01, 2003, 10:47:06 AM
And are YOU a BU student who made law review whose first initial is an N?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Ryckman_Boy on August 02, 2003, 05:01:18 AM
Were you born in 1978, and do you wear shoes with... du du... SHOELACES?! I've got your number now.
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: mystical999 on August 09, 2003, 04:02:50 PM
Just heard from Columbia.  I'm in as a 2L for next year, transfering from a 4th tier.  Not bad, huh?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: C Roy on September 06, 2003, 07:40:04 PM
What were your #s like? Did you participate in any orgs your first yr?  Why do you think they selected you?  I am a 1L and am planning on transferring out and would like to be in a large city.  There is not so much info re: transfers.
Title: Re:introduction to the topic
Post by: Besha on November 12, 2003, 08:24:47 PM
I was under the impression that the tranfer process takes place over the summer (with few exceptions - schools that base their decisions on the first semester grades during the spring semester). So I do not see how you could know that you have been admitted to Columbia as a tranfer in November.
Title: Re:introduction to the topic
Post by: newatfive on December 21, 2003, 12:13:21 AM
how difficult it is to transfer? I know they base primarily on your first yr grades, but how good do the grades have to be? As are so incredibly hard to get? whats the average grade for transferring??
Title: Re:introduction to the topic
Post by: Besha on December 26, 2003, 09:51:59 PM
It really depends on what school you are seeking to transfer from. In general, to tranfer to top 1st tier schools, you need to be: top 1-3 (and I do not mean percent) - 4th tier, top 1-5% in 3rd tier, top 10% in 2nd tier.
Title: Re:introduction to the topic
Post by: newatfive on December 26, 2003, 11:48:02 PM
what if to the top 20th first tier schools? to the second years law students: how many transfer students are admitted generally?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: jw on December 31, 2003, 10:46:19 PM
I have a question for anyone who successfully transferred. I am currently applying to law schools and have bad stats 3.85 GPA from BU but a 147 LSAT. Because all my apps are submitted and given my work/school schedule, I was hoping to get into some law school (even if it's third tier), retaking the LSAT and transfer.

Did anyone retake the LSAT in order to strengthen their transfer application?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Besha on January 08, 2004, 12:48:55 PM
LSAT DOES NOT MATTER IN THE TRANSFERRING PROCESS (unless you are transferring to Yale or Harvard, which specifically state that you must have been competitive to begin with. But even with Y and H there are LSAT exceptions). The only thing that matters in terms of numbers is your CLASS RANK after 1L grades come out(not your GPA). Plus, you must have interesting story to tell and/or have compelling reasons for trasnferring.)And, of course, recommedations.
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: mds on January 12, 2004, 12:26:49 PM
When do people typically begin the process of transfer applications?  I've started researching schools but because admissions departments are so busy with accepting 1Ls no one has replied to me in any way.  There's so little information available and so many questions.  Has anyone found a good resource for obtaining general transfer information?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: newatfive on January 16, 2004, 06:29:04 PM
the applications for transferring are usually due in July and they will let you know between the end of july to august, depending on the school. So you don't have to start worrying about it after finals.  they dont accept applications before May.
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: iamvul on January 21, 2004, 10:55:25 AM
If you know you like law school but don't like the school you are in would it be a horrible mistake to just drop out after your first semester and then apply to other law schools as an incoming student starting from zero?  I got decent grades (solid b average) my first semester but it seems like transfering is a long shot from some of the stuff I read.  I know I want a law degree but just not from this school and I worry about continuing down this path.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Ziva on March 09, 2004, 04:31:18 PM
How does law school GPA/rank compare to  ugrd GPA in terms of importance in trasferring?

Also, I may apply for transfer to my state's public school.  Does residency count for anything for transfers?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Dapta22 on March 28, 2004, 01:36:19 PM
I am trying to transfer out of a bottom tier2. I am in top 5% of my class, UG-GPA w/ honors, but poor LSATs. Am I a competitive transfer applicant to Georgetown, Columbia, NYU?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: rallyemax on March 29, 2004, 04:28:57 PM
I am trying to transfer out of a bottom tier2. I am in top 5% of my class, UG-GPA w/ honors, but poor LSATs. Am I a competitive transfer applicant to Georgetown, Columbia, NYU?

You are probably competitive at NYU and have a chance at Columbia.  I was accepted at Columbia coming out of mid-tier2, in top 3% of class.  A friend was accepted at NYU out of a tier3 with a top 5% finish.  I don't know about Georgetown. 

If I may offer a word of advice, look beyond only those 3 -- sometimes quirky things happen in the transfer admissions process.  For instance, although Columbia accepted me, Boston College did not.  I later learned they had overenrolled 1-Ls the year before.  $60 is cheap insurance.
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: Dapta22 on March 29, 2004, 05:00:47 PM
Thanks for the advice. Are you happy with your decision to transfer? Are you still in the top of your class, even though you are at a more competitive school? Did you acclimate immediately?

Thanks for your advice
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: jfbruin on April 21, 2004, 09:40:20 AM
Are transfer students ever offered scholarships?  I have a full ride to a top tier 2 and am accepted at a top 20 with no money.  In a dream world I would take the full ride, do exceptionally well, and transfer to the top 20 with a scholarship.  Is this possible?
Title: Re: introduction to the topic
Post by: holidayinspain on April 21, 2004, 04:47:13 PM
no, not really. transfer students are not eligible for scholarship aid the first year they transfer. you migh be as a 3rd year at some schools. you can still get need aid though...

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