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"Even if I am trying to get into a school like Columbia or NYU?"

It certainly is possible.  I did it two years ago and will be graduating this week.  All year long, I kept wondering whether I'd get in, and finally sent in my transfer application the day before the deadline (which I think was July 1!)  Amazingly enough, I got in.  The year I transferred, several people from my school (low tier 4) transferred to top schools like Georgetown, Cornell, and yes, Columbia.  You have to be a top student at your school, probably top 4 or 5 students in the class (I was No. 2, with a 3.9 GPA).  Even if you don't think you'll successfully transfer, just give it a try.  What do you have to lose anyway - other than the application fee?  If you ask me, it's worth it.

Transferring / Re: Question for LawGirl - Please help!!
« on: May 13, 2005, 12:33:44 PM »
I transferred from a low 4th tier to a top 5 school after my first year.  It was certainly worth giving up a full scholarship and convenience (close to home) to commute 2 hours each way to a top law school.  I found the higher ranked school much easier: the profs were less condescending, you could pass when you're called on if you're unprepared, you often knew when you'd be on call, it was hard to get a bad grade (though it was usually also harder to get all As when everyone is so smart).  Tips?  Get the best grades you can, write a killer essay (I ignored the word limit), pray . . .  My numbers were as follows: LSAT: low 160's; UGPA: 4.0 (low state school); 1L GPA: 3.9; 1L rank: 2 (not 2%, but 2nd in class).  Hope this helps, and much success wherever you end up.

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