« on: August 15, 2008, 10:55:47 AM »
If you think you are going to enjoy law school, and pursuing a career in law, GO FOR IT!.... But as far as where you would get in, you just have to apply to more schools than most applicants, and really address that GPA. You cant really say well, "I just wasnt trying." But anything positive from that you can take, maybe how you did not like what you were doing but you have learned from your mistakes.......etc.
I would figure out the region you are looking to work in and really just blanket that section of states with 15 or so schools.
"Indeed you are wise to consider transferring law schools. It is quite common and most top law schools will accept approximately 10-25 transfer students to add to their second year class. Generally, these transfer students were from schools that were 1 or 2 tiers below these top law schools, with the transfer students having excelled (ranked in the top 5% generally) in their first-year classes. Occasionally, you get students who transfer from relatively equal schools (such as from NYU to U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall) just because they want a different experience. In that case, the need to be in the top of your class is somewhat minimized.
While your first-year grades will be first and foremost in determining whether your transfer application is accepted, having a good personal statement can also be important. Show them that your marginal undergrad grades are no longer a reflection of your academic potential due to some reason such as time away from school, finding your focus, or not having to work frequently as you did during your undergrad years. Convey that your high-first year grades are reflective of your potential now and what you will achieve in their law school."