« on: March 20, 2005, 02:01:43 PM »
1. It's definitely possible to transfer from a second tier law school to GULC, and something worth considering if you have the chance. Schools tend to have a set number of transfers they want to take in a particular year, but no strict formula for where those students should rank in their particular schools. Thus, depending on their recruiting goals for the year and on the number and quality of their transfer applicants, they could dip further down than 10% or they could reject students in the top 5%. You simply won't know until you try.
2. It's not uncommon for a school to accept more than one transfer student from the same law school. It's to their benefit to get the best group of students they can, not to create artificial quotas for themselves. That said, higher numbers are always better.
Two other things to keep in mind:
1. Most of the numerical factors affecting transfer admission do not affect the schools' rankings. That gives admissions officers free reign to indulge their own preferences. Give them a good reason to want you over other students.
2. The top schools (and possibly others) internally rank and evaluate other law schools (formally or informally) based on factors that matter to them. Thus, your school might be second-tier in the eyes of USNWR, but first tier (or thir tier) in the eyes of the target law school. That's yet another reason why posts suggesting a particular percentage cutoff are misinformed. Top 5-10% might be a good average, but many other factors come into play.
3. GULC is a good target (as they take *lots* of transfers), but I would suggest applying to many (if not all) of the top schools if you want to improve your odds. if you're in the top 9% and your school is respected then you have a very strong chance of getting in one of them.