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« on: February 07, 2013, 09:31:48 PM »
Is the 2.86 your undergrad or 1L gpa? Either way, I transferred T4 to T2 3 years ago. I had a really high rank though. Not saying you need a really high rank (though you did when I transferred because everyone in the world was going to law school), but it's certainly possible to do.
Edit: Just read your post a little closer (sorry). I had a 3.0 going into law school and slightly higher LSAT. I went to a T4 school and then worked extremely hard my first year to transfer. I got into a bunch of T2 and a couple T1. I wouldn't go to law school expecting to finish in the top 10% though. 90% of law students won't finish in the top 10%. You have to work extremely hard. If this is something you feel you are capable of accomplishing, it can be done.
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:36:46 PM »
Everyone made good points. I just want to say that just because you're transferring to a better school doesn't mean your grades will drop. Many of my friends (mostly transfers) at my new school did just as well if not better. They had developed solid work and study habits at their first school in order to transfer.
Further, as always, even though a top tier t4 may place better into firms than a mid level t2 grad, location will play a huge role. If you don't like your t4 location, you should probably consider moving to a school where you'd like to practice.
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:31:59 PM »
I think the reason the OP heard it was difficult was because even top grades from a lower-ranked school won't help if your LSAT isn't up to snuff or they don't need more people. Law schools accept very few transfers, usually only to replace people they lost through attrition or transfers out.
Maybe. My LSAT wasn't very good and I still transferred up multiple tiers. I started at a tier 4 as well. I don't think LSAT grades are very important for transferring. Easily the most important are grades and class rank. Though I definitely agree about the attrition / transfers out.
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:38:10 PM »
I'm a 2L at a T4 school in California. After the first year I finished in the top 10% of my class. From what I've read online and on this forum it seems that unless you have a compelling story it's usually difficult to transfer upwards to a T3 or T2 school. Just wondering if anyone has had any success by reapplying and starting at the new school as a 1L?
I don't know who told you that. That simply isn't true. You need good grades and a good class rank (which you apparently have).
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:35:11 PM »
I don't know where you are currently attending, but moving across county to a school where you don't know anyone and all the 1L clicks have developed can be tough. I had a friend that transferred from my school to USC and she regretted the decision. Obviously that is not the case for everyone and maybe it will be a good decision it is personal for everyone, but if your doing well somewhere it may not be worth rocking the boat.
I did just this. I transferred from a school on the east coast to a school in CA. I found that I clicked just fine with some existing students, but my closer friends were all transfers as well. Just giving another perspective is all. I too know people who transferred and ended up studying on their own, etc.
« on: October 27, 2012, 10:19:50 PM »
You seems like a problem child that is why you are getting school transfer once again you can request for the stay.
WE HAVE TOP SCIENTISTS WORKING ON FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU SAID.
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:19:45 PM »
Can anyone offer any tips or advice when it comes to drafting a transfer personal statement?
Also, in terms of transfer admissions, does anyone know what the admissions committee is looking for?
From my experience, in terms of transfer admissions, your grades and class rank are without a doubt the most important factor. I doubt some schools even read mine.
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:11:45 PM »
As Legend probably already guessed, I transferred to the bay area for IP law. In that sense, location played a huge role.
« on: June 29, 2012, 08:13:27 PM »
Location and occasionally ranking are important for finding a first job in my experience. Location seems far more important outside the T14 or so. After your first job, employers seemingly only care about your work experience.
Unlike Legend, I transferred after my 1L year. It was the best decision for me not because I moved up in rankings, but because I moved to a better location to a school with much more to offer in terms of classes related to my field. Like Legends friends, I found the move incredibly stressful. Fortunately, moving stress stays around for the short duration of a move alone.
As for what he said about "being a star", I did just the same at my new school. I've heard of people doing worse once they transferred to a "more difficult" school, though I kept my same routine and did just fine. It's still a matter of discipline and dedicating time to school.
I just thought I'd at least relay that I had a very positive experience transferring. I'm sure many people end up like Legend has described, but if you make a fully informed decision, I'm sure you'll make the right one.
« on: May 13, 2012, 04:15:54 AM »
Thanks everyone for your advice. You have given me a lot to think about. I agree that I shouldn't go to Cooley if I expect to transfer. The odds are stacked against me and I should be ok with spending the next 3 years there if I have to. I know people who do go their now and do like it. I also have heard some good things regardless of its reputation. I think I can be ok with getting my law degree there, and Ill probably go part time.
I guess I am leaning toward the unlikely idea of being able to transfer because I don't want to wait and take the lsat again: mostly because I don't want to have to start paying back my student loans from undergrad since I won't be enrolled in school (btw...I did get my BA, Nova Juris ).
I need to be realistic about this decision and I will continue to do my research, including contacting specific schools about their transfer process. Basically its not impossible to transfer but just really really hard. This was very helpful and Im going to consider alot of things before I make a decision. THANKS
For future reference: Nova Juris, there is way to be helpful in a respectful way. You are really condescending. Just something to think about.
wow, the person who barely passed undergrad and can't master the lsat with cooley as their best option giving me life advise. Thanks. That's swell.
Well I thought I would help you out by pointing out that you meant "advice" here (advise is a verb, idiot). Seeing as you clearly consider yourself the next Einstein (and thus, understand the difference between verbs and nouns), you already knew that. Good luck taking my order sir (with fries please).