I'm at a top 20 law school in a city that I def do not want to practice in... I just missed top 5% last semester (so I'm likely around top 6%) which puts me about #16 or so in the class...
I'm considering transferring even though I actually like the school... What are my chances of transferring up?
I'm from the East coast originally and had 3 years of great work experience before law school... My stats were 167, 3.56
Also, I have a full scholarship at my current school - do any of the schools offer money to transfers? Given the economy, and that (assuming I do similarly well) I'll make law review here and I've made good friends and established decent relationships with a few professors - should I just not bother??
Based on your first semester grades, you have a good shot of transferring to a T10. Your lsat/ugpa likely do not carry much weight; schools will look for the most part to your first two semesters grades when making a decision.
Most, if not all schools, do not offer money to transfer students. Also, it is not commonplace for transfer students to negotiate scholarships with the school to which a student wishes to transfer. You may however be able to negotiate with your current school. Since you're on full scholarship, maybe you could negotiate an additional cost of living scholarship.
You should check with the schools to which you plan on applying to see if you could write on to the flagship or secondary journals. Many schools have write on competitions for transfers in the fall. As far as your personal reasons (friends, contacts, etc...) that's all up to you. But you'll have two years to establish a network at your new school, and with the potential of being at a T10 or T5, depending on how you do this semester, it may be well worth it.