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Transferring / Re: Soon-to-be Lateral Transfer taking questions
« on: April 26, 2009, 10:22:16 PM »
I am a OL and have a feeling I may be in the same situation after a year--in the sense of possibly wanting to return to the city I live in now. (I chose not to attend one of the schools here because no decent one offered me money.) Do you expect transferring will create problems in your job search? Are you looking for a summer job where you are now or in the area of the school you'll be transferring to? Also, I have read some other people on here talk about being disqualified from OCI by transferring. Is this something you anticipate? Cheers

Studying for the LSAT / Re: what is your target score
« on: April 23, 2009, 01:29:47 PM »
T1 is first tier, i.e top 50 schools. T14 refers to top 14.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: what is your target score
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:29:20 PM »
That was my minimum and I got it. A 160 should make you reasonably confident of getting into a lot of T2s and some T1s, providing you have a good GPA. Convincing them to give you money however would be a challenge.

Transferring / Criteria for transferring?
« on: April 17, 2009, 01:27:26 PM »
I know that the main criterion is grades, but by the time you apply for transfer after one year, don't you only have grades from one semester, i.e from your first semester? It seems this would be a flimsy basis on which to measure a student's performance and to grant him admission. I will be 1L this fall and am already considering the possibility of transferring (don't ask). I have a decent scholarship and my LSAT will definetely be in the top 5 percent or so of the class. But I have no idea how well this will translate into an ability to, with hard work, outperform my peers. Apart from grades, what else can you do to boost your chances of getting a transfer?

Choosing the Right Law School / Drawbacks to transferring?
« on: April 16, 2009, 05:48:29 PM »
What are the ways that transferring after one or one and a half years can negatively affect your legal education and career prospects? Visiting the city where I'll be going to school this fall has given me serious doubts about my choice to attend it (a choice based almost solely on financial reasons). I know some law firms frown on students at highly ranked schools who were transfers from lower ones. But let's assume the schools in question are relatively equal in rank. What other problems are there likely to be? Thanks

Boston is larger legal market than Albany. Unless you want to work in NY state government I'd go with Suffolk.

This is one of the concerns that I have about Albany. While I wouldn't mind staying in upstate NY, I would prefer to work for a private firm. Does anyone know if Albany places a good amount of people in private practice?

Boston does have a larger legal market but it also has five more law schools than Albany. Having said that, I would still go for Suffolk just because Boston is a great city (though I'v never been to Albany, it does seem kind of small-town). I live in Boston and would have go to Suffolk had they offered me money. Albany did offer me quite a bit of money (which made me think Suffolk was kind of stingy), so I am going there.

I was also waitlisted at American. While I was always very keen on going there, I eventually decided on Albany, which has offered me $$. I even purposely failed to complete American's loan applications, just so that I wouldn't be tempted should they ever come through with an offer. So no, I don't think it's worth it.

I've heard back from them but it took them a long time. Close to 2 months.

Same here. It was the last school I heard back from.

Thanks for your response. I really didn't think it was possible to score that highly the first time around, but I stand corrected.

I find it ironic that I'm accused of asking useless questions by members whose posts seldom rise above the level of gossip.

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