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Transferring / Re: Transfer from Cooley
« on: February 23, 2011, 08:40:55 PM »
I transferred out of Cooley last year into a T2 in a location I wanted to practice.  I'll tell you this; I applied to Pepperdine and did not get in.  I can't remember how many transfers they take off the top of my head, but it wasn't many (it may be helpful for you to check this). I applied to a handful of T1 schools, most of which I didn't expect to get into because they are pretty popular schools.  I'm not saying don't apply to Pepperdine, but if you choose to do so, I would apply as early as possible. 

FYI I was in the top 3% at the end of my first year at Cooley. 

If you want more information about how I did it or what I think (since I've stood exactly in your shoes), feel free to send me a private message. 

Transferring / Re: T3 to T2
« on: February 23, 2011, 08:36:31 PM »
Couldn't agree with bigs more.  You should absolutely contact Rutgers and ask them.  I do know 1 person that attempted to transfer to Rutgers from a t4 and was unsuccessful, but his credentials weren't likely as good as yours (although I don't know what top 25 25 students or top 25%).  If you're in the top 10% of your class and apply relatively early, I would imagine you have a pretty good chance. 

Transferring / Re: T3 to T2
« on: February 21, 2011, 01:25:53 PM »
While it may be true that there is little difference in the job market b/w a T2 and T3, it makes a huge difference where the T3 is located.  If the T3 is in some far away state and the OP wants to practice in New Jersey, transferring to Rutgers would be a good idea.  If the T3 is near wherever the OP wants to practice, then negotiating more scholarship money is also a good idea. 

Transferring / Re: Cooley with 50% scholarship to MSU with nothing worth it
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:12:12 AM »
Canada has a different legal education system.  I don't think you can get licensed to practice in Canada if you go to a US school and visa versa without an LLM.  Either go to a Canadian school or look into Detroit Mercy- they have a duel degree program with the US and Canada.  I looked into UDM because I am interested in Latin law.  They also have a degree program with a Mexican law school.  I can't remember which Canadian school they use for licensing purposes, but I know they can do it plus it's easy to get into and they have a decent reputation in MI.  Good luck.

I'm confused about that statement of not being able to practice in Canada with a US legal education.  If that poster really is interested in practicing in Canada, he/she should really check into this.  I was at Cooley for a year and a significant portion of my 1L class were Canadians who intended to practice in Canada upon graduation.  I never really asked anything about what had to be done, but people do come to the US from Canada to get a legal education intending to practice in Canada down the road (how, I just don't know).   That's a very long way of saying if someone truly were interested in this, they should look it up. 

Transferring / Re: Transferring when starting in the spring
« on: November 01, 2010, 06:39:50 PM »
I actually just transferred out of there last semester.  Some schools accept transfers after a single semester, but those schools are in the minority.  Most schools require 2 semesters and will transfer a max of about 30 credits.  Most schools ask that you send your transcript in after your second semester once you get grades.  This occurs before the summer ends.  I don't believe you would have adequate time to get summer grades and transfer, especially since Cooley is on a trimester schedule (what I mean is, you will have your spring grades with plenty of time, but your summer grades will not be released until it's too late).  Why don't you go to school in the spring, take the summer to assess your situation, and then transfer after next fall?  That's what I would do, but I'm unfamiliar with your exact situation. 

As a side note, that school was a sweat shop.  The teachers were all very kind, but there are so many students which creates immense competition.  I did alright there, but it wasn't at a small expense.  Be sure to be dedicated to leaving before you incur the debt associated with a year of law school. If you're willing to stay there, than it's all good.  I would just be wary of going there expecting to transfer and then have circumstances arise which preclude me from doing so. 

Transferring / Re: T4 to T1
« on: July 27, 2010, 02:54:33 PM »
Yeah I heard from a few.  The rejection was actually not a transfer friendly school.  They only had one transfer student last year, so that was probably the reason.  I got in another tier 2 in a location I would like to practice.  Still waiting on 2 schools though that I would go to over this school.  I putt he deposit down at this school and will just lose it I guess if I get in another.  My deposit deadline is the 29th so I didn't have too much of an option.

Transferring / Re: T4 to T1
« on: July 06, 2010, 06:53:52 PM »
I've never even gotten a speeding ticket and my school is ABA approved....

I've heard stories of people getting in T20 schools and being rejected at schools in the 80's, but this must be rare.  I'm not saying I want to go T20 (bc I understand it's not realistic), but this has to be a bad sign....

Transferring / Re: T4 to T1
« on: July 06, 2010, 05:59:11 PM »
I got rejected from a 90+ ranked school today...and I was top 3% in my class (ABA approved T4).  Now I'm a bit nervous... 

If anything, doesn't it just give them more $$?  Now they have your seat deposit and a seat deposit of someone filling your spot. 

That's true.  Well if it helps (and it may not), I put a seat deposit on an undergrad school I DID NOT attend.  I backed out and they just kept my deposit. 

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