I am interesting in transferring after my first year from the University of Detroit Mercy to a higher ranked law school--Tier 3 or maybe tier 2. While my LSAT is quite low (142), I have a high undergraduate and graduate GPA (M.A.). I was wondering if it's true that one must be in the top 20% to successfully transfer? A number of schools I have contacted say I must be in the top 20% to even be considered. Is this true or are there exceptions? Again, I am not looking to transfer to an exceptional school--just one that has a better, more national reputation. Also, anyone know of others who have successfully transferred out of U. of D. Mercy?
Any insight is greatly appreciated!