« on: September 11, 2006, 10:34:54 PM »
your first grades will be of the utmost importance. considering that you are already at a t1 school it should not be so hard. your gpa and lsat wont mean much at all since they are only "predictors" of first year success and by getting good grades you will prove that you can do the work. If you are at a t1 and you are looking to get into the top14 you could probably pull it off by finishing in the top 20%. I was at a t4 last year and finished in the top 10% and just transfered to Rutgers-Camden (65 i think) so you certainly have a good shot. The only schools you probably wont be able to get into are Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. From what I know, they wont consider you as a transfer unless you could have gotten in as a 1L. Probably the most difficult thing about transferring (aside from getting good grades during 1L), is the timing of the process. You need to apply usually by August 1st for the fall (most schools do not accept spring transfers). But note that your school might not release your spring grades until july, then you have to send your transcript to lsdas, and so on. Its important to have all your material in order well before then. Especially your letter of recc from a law professor. All schools require this to transfer. A professor will probably need a few weeks notice to write one. I would make sure to develop a relationship with at least 1 professor and then hit them up during the spring. I hope this was helpful. good luck. By the way, if your at a t1 and you grade on to law review, it might not be worth it to transfer up, especially if you like the school and area. Plus you start from scratch as far as making contacts and friends are concerned. There is a definite drawback to transferring, and for most people the decision is easy bc they go from a t3 or 4 to a t1 or 2, but in your case, i would probably stay with a t1 and law review, rather than a t14 and no law review.