I would like to point out... that I don't need a single thing to consider whether or not I would like to apply to these schools. All I was saying was that, if I were to decide to apply to transfer out of my school, the aforementioned schools would be the schools that I would possibly want to attend in lieu of my present school. I wasn't trying to be snooty, and I am moderately offended at the harshness of your post.
3. Get over yourself. You're not "considering" anything until you have at least 1 semester of grades in that merit even applying. If you do get good grades, I suggest you get beyond worrying about things like weather, student body, and the like. You can look at those things IF and WHEN you have multiple transfer acceptances in hand. The transfer application process can be as unpredictable as the regular application process. At every school, the top students think about transferring, especially as of late since there is much more talk about it than before. If you want to maximize your chances, apply to as many top schools as possible.
Please, this is a community where we all seek support and guidance. Cattiness is neither welcome nor appreciated. I am not sure exactly what I said that was so offensive, but I apologize. Clearly, I am aware that in order to transfer to any top 15 school, I need to be at the top of my class. That is simply a given. Thanks so much for the information though, any feedback is greatly appreciated.
I tend to agree with Brightline. I've met dozens of people who have asked me for transfer advice before receiving grades, and it's incredibly foolish. No matter how good your qualifications going into law school, you have no idea how you're going to do until you get grades. A large part of performance in law school is made up of a totally unknown factor -- performance on law school exams. You can prepare by learning the material, but not everyone does well, and you are far from guaranteed a spot at the top of the class.
I also think it's short sighted and foolish to start thinking about transferring before you know how you'll perform at your current school because you risk all of the bad things that come with not fully committing yourself to your school 1L year. Make tons of friends, immerse yourself in the environment, and behave like you're going to go there for the next two and a half years and graduate with that degree. Even if you do transfer, you should have a lot of pride in your old school, but it seems like you've already decided, in a way, that you're better than the school you're at (there's no other reason to look for information about transferring when it's not even remotely within the realm of possibility). Relax a little, focus on your exams, and try to get something out of this year. That'll be important whether or not you end up transferring.