I'm planning on sending an updated resume and loci next week to schools that are pending and waitlists for me. Would gladly accept any advice.
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Just a quick answer to the original thread question... I guess cuz I'm bored and up late! You do have to be at the top of your class to transfer up to the top schools, but other transfers aren't as difficult. I constantly read threads all over this board regarding, "must be top 20% to transfer up," that simply isn't true. T4 transfers to a T2/T3 are a pure numbers game, you just need to find a school that has open seats and is interested in you. Schools ranked 40-100 lose significant students to transfer, they'll often jump at the chance to get full tuition paying students as transfers...
How do I know? I was exactly in the middle of my T4 class after first year and was accepted by one T1 and two T2s as a transfer. My resume is boring and the only "soft factor" I have might be that I'm over 30, but that's it. I took a full ride T4 scholarship with the intent of transferring, in order to get a free year of school. I intended to transfer from day 1. I sought out transfer schools that might have an interest in me when my LSAT would no longer be a factor, there were several. I kept in contact with them during 1L and actually had 2 acceptances before I even had my second set of grades.
My story may be unique/unwise... but the ease of the transfer without being in the top of your class is not as hard as some on this board make it appear.
I like your story. I would like to know by what means you "kept in contact" with these schools and how you knew they had an interest in you minus the lsat. thanks.
I got accepted to SMU with a 3.47 GPA and a 156 LSAT which is below their 25th percentile. I'm almost positive that I won't be seeing any grants/scholarships, so the acceptance is pretty much just a pat on the back.
I wondering the best way to prepare for school next year. Seeing as first year is so important, would you recommend taking one of these prep classes for school or reading any particular material?I'm*
They also may have stopped checking and updating after being accepted to their first choice school or making some decision about where they are going. Just a thought...