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Transferring / Re: Advice on transferring
« on: March 17, 2010, 07:12:48 PM »
If I were you I'd aim a little higher.  With a 3.88 GPA you must be in the top 1% at Cooley.  I'd throw some apps out to Georgetown, GW, BU, BC, etc.  I transferred out of Cooley in 2007 to a school ranked in the 40's (I was top 12% of class).  I hear that Georgetown is particularly transfer friendly, though I'm not sure if this has been affected by the job market.  Good luck! 

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Transferring / Re: stuck at Cooley, want to transfer, few questions.
« on: September 16, 2007, 09:29:58 PM »
I went to Cooley last year and was able to transfer to a T2.  I'm not going to make light of how difficult it may be to transfer, but it is not as tough as they lead you to believe, nor is the 15 credit schedule.  Most of the kids in my section dropped down to 12 credits and a lot dropped to 9.  There is no golden rule to doing well, you just need to put your time in and forget what anyone else says.  Some people will study 50 hours a week and barely pass, some will study 15 hours a week and transfer out, this is probably due to the wide range of admissions that are made.  Some people simply aren't cut out for law school.  There is no set curve.  However, you will find that all the grades end up falling into a curve (which in my section I estimated to be set around a 2.4).  You'll find that probably only about 20% of the section will have a 3.0 or higher.  Keep in mind that class rank is what really matters.  If you can get into the top third or so, you'll be able to transfer somewhere.  Good luck. 

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2L job search / Transcripts
« on: August 17, 2007, 11:38:33 AM »
When you're sending out mass mailings and you include your transcript, does it need to be an official transcript from your school? or will a copy or unofficial transcript suffice? 

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General Board / Re: Loan Exit Counseling?
« on: July 31, 2007, 10:09:02 PM »
That is also my understanding.  The registrar reports that I'm enrolled full time and my loans go back into in-school deferment.  This is my confusion, I'm still in school with active loans, so why would I need to do the "exit counseling"? I may just do the online form to appease my old school and avoid a hold on my account, I just hope it doesn't affect my loans for the coming semester.

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General Board / Loan Exit Counseling?
« on: July 31, 2007, 02:58:44 PM »
I am transferring to a new school so I recently withdrew from my original school.  I got a notice in the mail today saying that I was required to complete Stafford and GRAD Plus exit counseling online.  Is this something I need to do even though I'm starting at a new school in a month? I've already applied for loans at my new school, will this affect my eligibility? My old school also said that if I didn't complete it in 45 days they would put a hold on my account.  I'm leaning towards completing the online forms; I need to have access to my transcripts w/ OCI coming up. 

I'm getting pretty frustrated w/ this whole student loan process.  I already had to apply for a forbearance on my grad plus loan because my lender got notice from my school that my enrollment ended on the last day of finals, even though I had not withdrawn and had every intent of going back to school in the fall.  I was under the impression that it is normal to not take summer classes during law school but the people at Citibank acted as if I had graduated or dropped out.   

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Transferring / Re: In at Kent
« on: July 27, 2007, 05:15:14 PM »
Nice job ascari.  I'm also transferring out of Cooley.  Kent is a good school

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Thomas Cooley Students
« on: June 05, 2007, 12:35:13 PM »
That would make sense but it doesn't seem to be the case.  Either the 12 or 15 credit hour schedule will put you in good position to transfer, but really grades and class rank are the key.  Keep in mind that the 12 credit hour schedule is year round.  A lot of kids who were hoping to transfer took 12 the first two semesters and then 6 over the summer (ie 30 credits total; most school will only transfer 30 credits).  Even though I was on the "traditional" schedule, i'm still going to have to take civil procedure with the 1L's when I transfer.  For whatever reason, civ pro is not given to students on the 15 hour schedule (you get con law instead; many schools teach this second year).  It seems to me from my limited experience on the subject, that when it comes to transferring the number one factor is a good class rank. 

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Thomas Cooley Students
« on: May 22, 2007, 01:24:02 PM »
There are only a handful of schools that will accept transfer students based on just their first semester grades, that is  what I meant by early action.  Only one of my second semester grades has been released so far; they aren't due until next monday.  Having an early start on transfering has obvious advantages with financial aid, housing, OCI etc.  I was on the 15 credit schedule my first year.  My entire section WAS taking 15 credits but roughly 2/3 dropped down to 12 after orientation.  I guess it really depends on the type of student you are.  They will tell you that you need to put 3 hours of reading/studying in for every 1 hour of class, but that is absurd.  That would 60 hours/week for the full class load.    I'd say I probably spent more like 1.5 hours on reading/studying for every hour of class.  It just depends on how long it takes you to read and to understand the concepts.  I felt the 15 credit/hour schedule was fine, a lot of people might disagree, but the grades don't lie.  Of the people from my section who made the deans list, the vast majority were taking 5 classes rather than just 4.  As for this summer, I have an unpaid internship at a legal aid clinic.  It's something i'm doing to get some practical experience.  Many of my classmates decided to get a headstart by taking a few classes over the summer.  The only advice I can give is to always do you're reading before class and to make your own outlines.  Try not to buy any suppplements unless the professor really sucks, you want to keep in mind that the prof is giving you the grade so you want to learn their law.   

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Thomas M. Cooley / Re: Thomas Cooley Students
« on: May 20, 2007, 07:48:28 PM »
I finished up my 1L at cooley a few weeks ago, and I have to agree with what i've read above.  There are some really smart people at cooley and there are also a lot of people who should not be going to law school.  I did pretty well first semester and applied to a few schools as an early action transfer; I was accepted at one of them (high tier 2), still waiting to hear from the rest.  It is true that cooley has a bad rep but I honestly feel that the quality of the education you'll receive is top notch.  The grading is tough, I think in my section the average was around 2.3 for the first semester.  That being said the class rank is the most important thing to concentrate on if you're interested in transfering.

If you're looking for a place to live check out pine street apartments, I just moved out a few weeks ago.  I paid $470 for a one bedroom apartment that was pretty sizeable (heat, water, trash included in rent).  It's not the most modern place but it is cheap, clean and only 4 blocks from the cooley center 

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General Board / Re: Question about disclosure!
« on: April 01, 2007, 02:36:48 PM »
You should go to the school admin. and disclose it.  I know at my school they will add a late disclosure form to your law school application packet.  Even with something that minor, it's a good idea to disclose it to your school.  It's better to disclose it late, then not at all; as long as it's done before you leave school.

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