My roommate trasferred from Ave this year. He was also concerned about the school, especially the possible move to florida and the faculty's dislike for the dean. You can't do much until you have final grades for your first year. You can look into what schools you might be interested in. Also, get in good with some professors so you can get recommendations from them. Work hard to get good grades. My roommate had very good grades, but there is another Ave student who was under a 3.5, I think. We're now at Notre Dame.
Are second year students getting offers for summer employment? What firms does Ave bring to campus. My roommate said this year only Butzel Long intreviewed there. Also, Butzel is the only firm listed on nalp for Ave. You should ask 2Ls if they are gettin work for this summer. My roommate's friends, for the most part, are not, but of course he doesn't know everyone.