« on: March 07, 2010, 04:05:37 PM »
I am currently admitted to law school but am looking to transfer out after my first year of school to a more prestigious college. I have accepted admission this year to a lower tier school because of the financial aid package they offered because without which, I would not be able to attend school for my first year. During my second year of law school, however, I should be able to afford the schooling no matter what the aid package is hence, my desire to go to a more prestigious school to open up more job opportunities, possible academic career path etc.
My question centers around what I should be doing during my first year outside of being one of the top students in my class G.P.A. wise?
Should I be on a law journal or moot court?
Should I be doing any specific types of extra curriculars to make myself a more appealing candidate for transfer at my desired school?
Additionally, being that I am currently going to school at a T4, what is my ceiling as far as transfer is concerned assuming that my class standing at the end of my first year falls anywhere from top five (5) overall on the high end, to barely top 10% in my class on the low end? Is top 10 a realistic possibility, or is top 30, or top 50 more likely? Moreover, is their a general rule regarding transfers and financial aid packages i.e. would I possibly be eligible for any scholarships or would that have to wait at a minimum until I have completed one year at my new school?
Also, for some schools I took a look at, their transfer policy states that you must receive a letter of good standing from the dean of the college you want to transfer out from. Now, would my approaching a dean about a transfer lead to the possible revocation of my scholarship ? Any pertinent information is greatly appreciated.