Although I'm sure you'll be able to transfer, you should know that Cooley is not death. People on this site have a tendency to exaggerate a great deal about many things.I know two Cooley grads who are currently partners in vault 100 firms in Washington, DC.
My goal at this point is to transfer to a school in the Pac NW or mountain west region, as that's ultimately where I'd like to begin my career. The two schools I'm looking at right now are Seattle and UWash...the former would be a reasonable goal from Cooley, and the latter more of a hail mary from looking at transfer statistics. I'm certainly open to other regional suggestions. I'd certainly attend UMich if given the opportunity, but again having looked at the transfer stats, that's obviously not going to happen. Matthies, your approach is rock solid...I've found that establishing a routine like that has helped tremendously. Mine is a bit more flexible...I prefer going to grab coffee in the AM just to get out of my apartment, then spending the afternoon at home. I have class every evening from 6 until 9, and though I occasionally try to squeeze a little more study time in afterwards, I usually just relax and drink a couple beers in front of the playoffs or whatever terrible movie is on. My primary worry is still balancing staying ahead to give myself plenty of time at the end of the term to study with not getting so far ahead that the focus of the class mucks me up.Edit: The most disorienting part is the schedule adjustment...I've just been traveling and bartending for the past 4 years, so my hours have generally been the exact opposite of my current schedule, but I've found that I'm much more productive in the AM than PM...probably because of the lack of intriguing distractions.
I transferred T3 to T14 - what worked for me may or may not work for you. I will just list a few mental tricks that helped game me up to do well on exams.1. Identify two or three REALLY DUMB people in your classes. Hold them in contempt and tell yourself that you do NOT want to graduate with them.