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The author fails to give an even more likely explanation: URMs get lower grades (studies show that URM #s actually predict higher grades than they achieve) because they don't have to work. They know that by showing up they will get some of the better jobs at the school. White students do the same thing after 1L, especially during 3L. It's the effect of lacking motivation.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Transferring
« on: December 22, 2006, 12:41:37 PM »
Don't count on transferring. I did it, and the majority of people from my school who did well were the ones with terrible GPAs and better LSATs. Everyone worked hard at my TTT because there were few jobs out there if you were not at the top of the class. A few were able to work (not with high LSATs) their way to a better school, but most did not. I know a few who came up just short and are now looking at six figure debt and salaries of approximately 60k, and this is after doing really well. Just a warning. I'm not saying that you should not go to law school. I'm trying to warn you that going to a TTT is not all peaches and cream.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How hard is it to transfer?
« on: December 21, 2006, 04:16:07 PM »
I transferred from a T2 to a T14. Here's what I can say based on the few others who transferred too:

Almost all of us (there were not many) were in the top 5% of our class. We all got great jobs through OCI. It was pretty easy to make the move, and I would definitely recommend doing it. That being said, I don't think anyone should count on transferring. My T2 was very competitive because the fall job prospects were bleak. Everyone worked like dogs to get to the top of the class. Those who ended up doing well fit two types: those with much higher LSATs and those who lived in the library. Working hard was no guarantee, though, it merely gave people a chance. Many who worked hard had mediocre grades.

Some who were in the top ~20-25% transferred to T30 schools, but I don't know how the job search has worked out for them.

Those who say that you should go to a school from which you would be happy to graduate are giving sage advice.

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