« on: August 24, 2007, 10:54:24 PM »
I would like to challenge the conventional wisdom that one's LSAT score does not come into consideration when they apply as a transfer student to other law schools.
I realize that not every transfer applicant posts his/her results on the transferapps group at Yahoo. But when looking at that data and the schools those students from T3s and T4s have applied to, very few actually get into top 10 schools. When a #1 or #4 (top 2%) student at a T4 cannot get into Penn, but a top Top 9% student from a 50s school can, that tells me that the quality of the school that one is transferring from plays a huge part in the process. How did that student get into their first law school? By achieving a certain score on the LSAT.
I'm sure that ridiculous soft factors may give T3ers or T4ers a better chance of acceptance at a top school. Nonetheless, to say that one's LSAT score plays no part in the transfer process would be giving transfer students a false hope that they have a reasonable shot at transferring into the highest ranked law schools.
Your're talking about the "general student strength" of the school as being a primary factor for a top-of-the-class student transferring into an elite school. (primary factor behind "general student strength" = LSAT median for the school) --- so yeah, lsat is an indirect factor in most cases.
But keep in mind if a student got a 153 / 3.9 ugpa and then got into a school with a median 160 LSAT, and then got to the top of the class --- well, that student is in great shape for top schools despite the low lsat.
Also, re: T3's and 4's: some might be more respected than others. (john marshall-chi, suffolk, chapman, come to mind...)
edit: looks like as important points have already been made, ah well...