« on: May 31, 2004, 11:57:47 PM »
It's going to depend on your eventual ranking at the law school you will transfer from. There are some tier 1 schools who will look at your LSAT score (however, most don't because the LSAT is used as a precursor to predict your success at a particular law school in your FIRST year....there are too many variables to consider using the LSAT to determine your final standing) but the majority will waive that score and look at your 1L performance. Some schools like Cornell and UMich actually enjoy transfering in students and state that they are "enthusastic members of their law school." Other schools, like Baylor, will only accept transfers if it's a dire situtation (ie a dying relative that needs your care and is located in the waco area). You must also consider location; it is easier to transfer from a totally different location (ie easier to transfer from USD to Georgetown than from American to Georgetown). Another component is the type of law or program your interested in. If you go Kent but decided you wanted to practice health care law, it would be easier for you to transfer to U of H rather than from Seton Hall, which has a health care program. You are going to have a lot of variables to consider when deciding to transfer. Decide what you want to study, where you want to practice, and what schools you would like to go to and then do some research. Call the schools and ask about their transfer policies (most schools have that info on their website). If you do go to the school you got accepted at, WORK YOUR BUTT OFF! Basically your rank and grades are the most important component of your transfer application. Another note, there are T1 schools that don't even care about where you came from, just your rank. So, theoretically, you could go to say, Chapman, stay in the top 1% of your class, and transfer into a school like Harvard....given that you have a good PS, LORs from current law profs, and a good reason.