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Transferring / Transfer from T4 to T1 Definitely Possible!
« on: July 21, 2005, 08:13:09 PM »
I just wanted to share some success stories from my school to inspire those with hopes of transferring up.  Going from T4 to T1 is definitely possible!

I just finished my first year at a 4th tier in California.  Everyone told me that transferring anywhere was nearly impossible, much less to a first tier school.  Well, not only did I beat the odds, but so did several other students at my school.  I was accepted to the University of Florida (along with Mercer and Samford, T2 and T3 respectively - and am still waiting on several more schools), two of my friends were accepted to UCLA, another was accepted to Michigan, and another was accepted to Loyola-LA (not sure if they're T1 or T2).  Additionally, I know of several students who were accepted to other local T3 and T4 schools.

Sounds like other people on here have had good luck with transferring as well.  I just wanted to share what I knew from my school to show that transferring from a T4 to a T1 is definitely possible.

Good luck to everyone trying to transfer!

Quick note to those with early action and early decision deadlines looming...

The Essay Queen wanted me to announce she has added a Rush Service to her available services.  Apparently there are several deadlines this week and people are trying to rush her, so she's created a new service for this purpose.  You can see a list of services at:

Quite a few of you have emailed me your PS for my advice and edits.  I will glady continue to help out, as I actually have enjoyed doing this.  However, in about a month I will begin law school and I'm not sure how much time I will have for this.  I know some people won't be done writing their PS for another month or two, so I wanted to give you all another resource for editing.

I have a friend who is going into her third year at a Tier 1 school (I'm not giving out the name because I'm not sure she wants that disclosed).  She has a degree in Journalism and is excellent at editing essays and personal statements.  She edited mine last year and did a terrific job!  She's also very talented at helping you get started with your PS, I know she's had people just send her some topic ideas and little about themselves and she's helped them start in the right direction.  Anyhow, I can't say enough good things about her.

She's in the process of setting up a website at:

Please visit her!  I would use her over services like EssayEdge without a second thought!  She only charges $5-10 and most bigger services charge from $50+.  I used EssayEdge once and was NOT impressed, my friend could have made these same edits much cheaper!!

Anyhow, thought I would share this with you all.  Good luck with all of your applications!!  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Questions: School Supplies and Study Methods
« on: July 09, 2004, 02:04:31 PM »
This is more for current students than new students, but thought I'd post it here as well since the Students & Graduates board doesn't get much traffic:

I'm playing around doing some online shopping, buying the obvious like highlighters and legal pads.  I got to thinking about what else I might need as far as school supplies go...

I'm a very organized person, maybe overly organized.  I plan on typing all my class notes, briefs, outlines, etc.  However, I like to have something tangible in front of me, not just on the screen.  Would it make sense to get a binder for each class and print my briefs, notes, etc. and put them into a binder for each class?  It seems if you were in class and needed to refer back to something from another day it would be easier to flip back in your binder than try and open old files on the computer.  What have you all done?

Also, I've read all the threads about programs like StoreLaw and Case Ace and all.  I've decided to go the Microsoft Word route for now.  Instead of opening a new file for each day's class notes, would it make more sense to just have one large file for each class and start a new page each day?  That way it would all be in one document and you wouldn't have to have multiple documents open.  What methods have some of you used?

Thanks in advance!

Law School Admissions / Law School Visits
« on: July 08, 2004, 09:11:36 AM »
I'm wondering, for those of you who visited different schools, what was it that most impressed you? 

I have a family friend who works in Admissions at a law school (I'm not going to say which one, so don't ask) and he wanted me to give him my impressions from my visits to schools.  He's looking for ideas of what the school can do to be more appealing, or be more helpful to students trying to decide.

For example, I preferred schools where a student led the tour as opposed to schools where someone from Admissions led the tour.  I think students always have a much different take on things than faculty.  However, my favorite tour was at a school where a faculty member was waiting for our group at each important office (Financial Aid, Registrar, Dean's office, etc.) in order to answer questions about that office.  It was the most informative tour I had.

I also liked schools that had Open House events.  I especially liked going to the Open Houses that were only admitted students. 

Things from my undergrad experience (working in Admissions) that I wish some law schools had done:  panel discussions during Open House events; having a student meet you in Admissions to take you to class with them, and then contacting you via email, phone or snail mail thanking you for your visit and offering to answer any additional questions you might have in the future (I loved that we did this in undergrad).

Another neat suggestion I have...I think the Admissions Office should pick a first year student (or more than 1) to keep a blog that is available through the school's website.  That way anyone considering the school could log on and read what a typical experience might be as a 1L at that school.  Obviously the student would need to make sure they convey a positive image, but I think it would be great!

Anyone have any additional comments or ideas?


I'm offering my services once again.  I'm sure someone on this board can vouch for my abilities.  I love reading personal statements, and I'm a pretty good writer, so I'd love to help you out.

You can email me at

I only have another month or so before I'll be starting law school (and probably too busy to help anyone out anymore), so take advantage now!  :)

I worked for a law firm throughout college and then another firm for the year since I graduated.  I think its excellent experience and I think it'll definitely help me in law school.  I know civil procedure pretty well now, lots about family law and can even draft a will.  I've had the opportunity to draft lots of different types of legal documents (pleadings, interrogatories, etc.) and research in several law libraries.  I can't see how this could do anything but help with the first year curriculum.

However, as far as helping me get into law school, I don't think that it did.  LOTS of applicants have worked in firms, so I don't think its that big of an advantage as an applicant.  I even had a stellar recommendation from the partner I worked under for 3 years in college and that seemed to do little.  I say this because I only got into schools that were well in my safety range.  I would think if this work experience/recommendation helped me I maybe could have gotten into at least one school that was more of a reach.  I applied to 14 and only got in 3 total, and it was definitely based solely on my GPA and LSAT (which were less than stellar). 

Again though, I think it'll help me a lot once I'm actually in law school.  I say do it!  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Inspiration for Law School
« on: April 28, 2004, 07:00:37 AM »
I was chatting with a friend of mine who is a 1L this year about what she would change or do differently before and during her first year.  She said the toughest part has been getting through all the rough times when you feel lonely and stressed.  She said the summer before law school she was so excited about going and had all these plans and ideas, all of which she's now forgotten.

So, I have decided to do something to prepare myself for feeling the same way in law school.  This may sound stupid (especially to the guys, I think its much more of a girl thing), but just thought I'd share in case anyone else thought it was a good idea.

I have been really excited about law school and reading every book I can get my hands on so I can get a grasp on what this experience might be like.  I have found great quotes, good ideas and all kinds of stuff I hope I still remember in a few months.  So, I've decided to start compiling a notebook for myself.  I'm going to type up all these quote that inspire me now so I can refer to them when I'm "down in the dumps" or otherwise unmotivated.  I'm going to make a list of all the study tips I've been given by books and by other students.  I'm also going to include anything else I think might inspire me to get back to being motivated during law school if I ever get discouraged.  I want to be able to go back and look at something that will remind me why I wanted to go to law school and how excited I was about it before it started.  I just think it'll help me stay on track and focus.

Just thought I'd share this with you all.  I told my friend about it and she said she really wished she'd made something like that, or just written a note to herself to read later down the line to remind her why she's in law school.  I'm generally a very motivated person, but I know law school is a different experience than anything else I've ever gone through and I want to make sure I remain that way.


Incoming 1Ls / Books on Law School
« on: April 27, 2004, 11:42:12 AM »
Saw the threads about Planet Law School and thought I'd add this.  I've gotten some advice from a couple of friends doing really well in law school about what to read.  Basically, I'll read everything I can get my hand on between now and August, but that's just because I'm more confident when I feel some sense of being prepared.  I know many say these books do nothing and to just have fun this summer, but I won't have fun if I'm busy stressing about how I'll do in law school.

That said, here's what I've read so far:

Law School for Dummies:  GREAT book!  This is a good one to read if you want to feel good about law school and confident that you'll do well.  The author is a recent grad (2003 I think) and so the material is all new and relevant.  Its more of a broad overview of law school without lots of in-depth detail on briefing, outlining, taking exams, etc.  Although she covers these topics I think its more of a broad overview than other books.  However, I think it helps dispell some myths and I really felt confident and good about law school after reading it.  It also includes sections on how to choose schools, what to get out of a campus visit, etc. (which is useful to me currently because I can't seem to choose between 2 schools!)  She takes you all the way from deciding to apply through trying to get a job and the book is really upbeat.

Law School Confidential:  I'm only halfway through currently, but so far this is what I can say about it....Little scarier than Law School for Dummies was.  Questions your intentions for going to law school, forces you to think about what to expect with reading load and classes, etc.  It hasn't changed my mind about law school or anything, but compared to the other book its a little harsher and a little more serious.  I think some of the information I've read so far is really geared more towards those going to the top schools, whereas I'm going to a t4 (and neither of the ones I'm considering seem all that competitive or intense compared to some higher tiered schools I've visited).  However, good book so far. 

Later on my list are "Acing Your First Year of Law School" and "Getting to Maybe," both of which I was recommended in order to prepare for note and exam taking.  I had one friend tell me that his grades dramatically increased after reading "Getting to Maybe" during Christmas break of his first year, so I can't help but feel obligated to read!  :)

Best of luck to all of you!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Florida Coastal v. Whittier
« on: April 18, 2004, 07:23:19 PM »
So, decision time.  Actually, I'm just happy to have a decision to make!  :)

Florida Coastal is closer to my home in Atlanta.  They also gave me a $5k a year scholarship.  However, newer school and much smaller alumni network.

Whittier hasn't gotten me my scholarship offer, but they say it'll come with my admissions letter.  I'm not really concerned about money though, so that's not really a factor.  I think Whittier is a more well-known name and has more OCIs, etc.  However, much further move for me.  That said, my boyfriend just moved to San Jose (still a long drive away, but closer than FL) and it'd be nice to be close, but not a huge factor either, trying to make the best decision for ME!  :)

What does everyone think?

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