« on: February 20, 2013, 11:10:04 AM »
I created this thread for indivudals who actually attended a T4 and transfered to a T2, not for someone like you to post rude and uncalled for comments like the above quote. I understand my numbers are low and certainly do not need someone I do not even know to remind me and I am not expecting a hand out as you mentioned above. Not that this is any of your business but, I am well networked as the majority of my family are attorneys. This is my calling and I am not going to let a standarize test prevent me from attending law school even if that means attending a lower ranked school with the goal of transferring.
Agian, refrain yourself from commemts that you made in my post to others. Nobody needs to be labeled as you labeled me. There is a difference from constructive criticism and rude comments.
While I do think Blue54 goes a bit far, I hope you do recognize the challenges that lie ahead. Now, if you have a job lined up with a family member (or if you are planning to hang your own shingle on day one), then none of the advice on this thread will be helpful. Seriously, if that's the case, go to the cheapest law school you can find, and finish as fast as they'll let you. Legal training is, by and large, a joke. 2L and 3L can be worthwhile, but they don't have to be. I know plenty of people who studied irrelevant and easy courses for two years, and law school is hella easy if you are OK graduating in the bottom half.
Transferring is just such a brutal prospect. I went to a great school, but it was in a market I didn't want to work in. I didn't get into the schools in the market I wanted to work. When I looked into transferring to a school ranked around 35-55, I found that they only took 5 transfer students each year, but they got an incredible amount of applications. They told me they still considered LSAT and UGPA, and that your 1L achievement only constituted about half of the decision factors.
This may not be the same for all schools, but it was certainly discouraging. I found my job through networking, but it was really tough. Sometimes you get lucky, and you find something fast. I managed to convince three different hiring partners from medium sized firms to go to lunch with me. Each one of them confessed to getting hundreds of resumes each month. They said they didn't have many openings, but when they did, the only way to deal with the resume's was to use a matrix and have their paralegals implement it for the first round.
For example, one partner said he would throw away any resume unless the student either went to a top 25 school, the top school in the region, or was in the top 25% of his class at another school. He said he usually had 20-30 resumes from IVY league 3Ls or grads.
Now, you may not be looking to work for a mid-sized firm, but this has a domino effect. This means that you are competing with candidates like me for the lower level jobs. As a result, you need to network like a champ, dominate your T4 (and/or get transferred to a T2), and be willing to take less desirable jobs, maybe even jobs that don't match your "calling." The BLS and LSAC are estimating that there will still be 12,000-20,000 more law graduates than legal jobs in 2016, even though enrollment has fallen through the floor.
So if it is your calling to practice family law in a medium market for around 45,000 a year, then I think you have a great shot. But if you want to do mergers and acquisitions at a mid-sized firm, you are basically playing roulette.