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Law Students => Transferring => Topic started by: fiveten on January 30, 2006, 02:21:48 PM

Title: Transfer Advice
Post by: fiveten on January 30, 2006, 02:21:48 PM
Ok, I finally got my class ranks in and now am looking for some advice.

I currently attend Washburn University in Kansas (3rd Tier), have a 3.73 GPA, and am ranked 9/141.  My undergard GPA was 2.58 and LSAT score of 153.  I have no desire to practice law in Kansas and am planning on practicing law in Texas.

So the schools I am considering transferring to are University of Texas, University of Houston, South Texas College of Law, and Texas Tech.

I am also planning to apply to any schools that have early actions programs.  Aside from Georgetown, are there any other schools that will look at first semester grades?

If anyone has any advice or encouragements please respond.

Thanks
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: Texas on January 30, 2006, 02:42:11 PM
Where in texas do you want to work...it makes a big differnce...

I would think that your class rank and LSAT would get you into Tech without any problem at all...and it is a solid school...if you do that well there (top 10-15%) you can still get a very high paying job...

I think UofH is a good possibility as well, and your odds of landing a high paying job are better (because of the Houston market), but it depends on if you would be happy there...same for S.Texas

Honestly I think UT may be a reach...your class rank gives you a leg up on the competititon, but there 25/75 LSAT split is around 162/166...

Overall because of cost I'd say that Tech and UofH are your best bets...
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: CoxlessPair on January 30, 2006, 03:55:27 PM
Your LSAT and UGPA really don't matter anymore.
The law schools used that to judge your potential as a law student.

Now that you've proven yourself, being in the top 15% of your class, it's clear that you "get" law school. That is all schools will look at when looking at your app.

There are plenty of people who have jumped from TTT to T1, I would say that Texas is a realistic shot. I don't know their admit numbers for transfer students but if you keep the grades up next semester, no reason why Texas isn't within your reach.



Anyway, good luck.
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: AmericanConsumer on January 30, 2006, 04:22:13 PM
Your LSAT and UGPA really don't matter anymore.
The law schools used that to judge your potential as a law student.

Absolutely 100% correct.  Nobody cares about your LSAT anymore.

The only things that matter are your class rank and the quality of school you're at.
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: jjason on February 01, 2006, 12:37:56 PM
Well, I hate to say this, but there are a few stickler schools that will look at LSAT/UGPA in addition to your law school work. Those most competitive schools state on their website that you are a candidate for transfer if you were a likely first-year admit. For example, UNC School of Law (#27 USNWR) states the following on the transfer page of their website:

"To be competitive for admission, transfer applicants should be originally admissible to the School of Law and be performing superior academic work at their current law school."

Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: QUAKER OATS on February 01, 2006, 12:58:16 PM
Harvard and UNC are the only ones who care about predictors, to my knowledge
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: fiveten on February 01, 2006, 01:17:41 PM
For example, UNC School of Law (#27 USNWR) states the following on the transfer page of their website:

"To be competitive for admission, transfer applicants should be originally admissible to the School of Law and be performing superior academic work at their current law school."



I always thought statements like this meant that you had to meet the minimum requirements to have gained admission to the school originally, like a minimum gpa of 2.0 they accept, and not necessarily have a minimum gpa that they typically accept.
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: jaykay1995 on March 16, 2006, 02:16:53 PM
UH doesn't take many transfers.  UT is actually one of those schools that will look at your pre-LS numbers, although they're more lax with Texas residents.  I believe they state this on their website; for that matter, most schools clearly state their transfer admission policies on their websites.

I'd apply to SMU if I were you.  Great job prospects, some say as good as UT in DFW.  I'd also apply to Baylor, although I don't know anything about their transfer policies.  Tech is definitely a rung below those two, although you'd be better off there than you are now.

Some Tulane grads end up in Houston.  For some reason, Tulane seems to take a fair amount of transfers, and it's sort of a name-brand school.

If you're more free about where you want to live, try applying to WUSTL.  They take a lot of transfers too.
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: QUAKER OATS on March 16, 2006, 02:52:58 PM
Denver Univ has an early conditional acceptance; that and GTown are the only ones to my knowledge
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: Happy_Weasel on March 16, 2006, 03:53:43 PM
Yes, I am also interested in transferring. I want to transfer to either Colorado, Denver or UNM. What would I have to pull off from Wyoming in order to be consdiered a candidate to transfer to these schools?
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: jjason on March 23, 2006, 01:46:02 PM
For example, UNC School of Law (#27 USNWR) states the following on the transfer page of their website:

"To be competitive for admission, transfer applicants should be originally admissible to the School of Law and be performing superior academic work at their current law school."



I always thought statements like this meant that you had to meet the minimum requirements to have gained admission to the school originally, like a minimum gpa of 2.0 they accept, and not necessarily have a minimum gpa that they typically accept.

If so, then that would be good news for the majority of us who have been admitted with GPAs of 2.0 and higher. But what would be a minimum LSAT requirement for the school. It is my humble opinion that this statement means the transfer student would have more likely than not been accepted to the school as an incoming 1-L, based on their LSAT/GPA ranges. (oh, and of course the other soft factors. yeah. that too. definitely.)
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: philibusters on March 23, 2006, 08:23:52 PM
The original poster say he was 9 out of 141,I think based on that he could easily transfer to Texas.  Congrats on  your grades-thats super impressive- and if you can do that in law school what the f*ck were you doing in undergrad.  Most schools could care less about lsat for transfer seems to be the consensus from other threads.  Why would UNC be an LSAT snob-they have good numbers but not great numbers themselves anyway.
Title: Re: Transfer Advice
Post by: Budlaw on March 23, 2006, 09:33:53 PM
Don't go to Tulane. Take a drive through the East Side of New Orleans if you need any convincing. New Orleans won't be up and running any time soon. Go anywhere else but Tulane.


UH doesn't take many transfers.  UT is actually one of those schools that will look at your pre-LS numbers, although they're more lax with Texas residents.  I believe they state this on their website; for that matter, most schools clearly state their transfer admission policies on their websites.

I'd apply to SMU if I were you.  Great job prospects, some say as good as UT in DFW.  I'd also apply to Baylor, although I don't know anything about their transfer policies.  Tech is definitely a rung below those two, although you'd be better off there than you are now.

Some Tulane grads end up in Houston.  For some reason, Tulane seems to take a fair amount of transfers, and it's sort of a name-brand school.

If you're more free about where you want to live, try applying to WUSTL.  They take a lot of transfers too.