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makaf2000

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Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« on: May 27, 2010, 05:37:50 PM »
Need educated opinions on the following: I am a 1L with 3.0 GPA, 53rd out of 135, which puts me only in the “top” 37%-40% or so. I like my school, it is quite inexpensive, in one of the Midwest states, low living expenses, great outdoors, but not too close to the geographic areas where I want to end up working. That means I can not obtain good connections, summer internships etc., even though I have previous paralegal experience.

Here are my preferences:

Wash DC (certain foreign language skill is my advantage, but town seems too humid)
Chicago (Large market, interesting city, too competitive and too cold?)
Denver (I just like the climate and outdoors there, in CO)
Phily (Never been there but also large market, closer to DC)
Pittsburgh (Never been there, just climate/area considerations, and not too expensive compare to DC or Phily, smaller market?)
Seattle, SF, LA maybe (I lived in CA, hate LA with all my heart).
As you can see, those are large markets, some on the cooler side.

I am curious if I have a chance to transfer to not too expensive T2 in any those cities,
and weather any T3s will make sense and give me what I need - get a job eventually. What would be my best bets in those towns?

I did ask this question on another board and here choices that I have got:
Wash DC - Catholic
Chicago - Loyola, Depaul, Chicago-Kent, IU Indianapolis, Marquette
Denver - U Denver
Phily - Nova, PSU, Temple
Pittsburgh - Pitt, Case Western, WVU?
Seattle, SF, LA - Lewis and Clark, USF, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Pacific

Any other ideas? Are some of the above above my range really?

How about SUNY, Akron or Howard as T3?

Thanks a bunch

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 08:18:21 PM »
I may have missed it in your post, but from what school are you coming from??

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2010, 03:57:04 PM »
T4

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010, 09:15:05 PM »
stay where your at and graduate.

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2010, 02:10:56 PM »
Yeah, I hate to burst your bubble, but if you're only at 40% at a T4 school, your chances of transferring upwards are very, very slim - I'd say nonexistent unless you have some sort of extremely compelling soft cutting in your favor. Most of the schools you're citing are pretty competitive, and they're looking for transferring students that can provide some assurance that they'd perform competitively at their school. Frankly, top 40% at a T4 isn't going to provide, say, SU or Lewis & Clark with that assurance.

If you like your school, have lost cost of living, and it's inexpensive, I'd say stay put and work your ass off to drive your class ranking up.

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 05:05:24 PM »
Just an FYI, you have PSU as part of the Philly category.  It's not close to Philly.  It's smack in the middle of PA (closer to Harrisburg) and is 3 hrs from Philly and 3 hrs from Pittsburgh.

cooleylawstudent

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 05:54:08 PM »
In theory aren't lawschools hardup now due to the economy and lowering standards?

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2010, 06:19:52 PM »
Because of the economy we got some extremely smart students who did not think about law school couple of years ago. If one reads 30 pages of legal opinion text in 1 hour in the first year of law school, and then can basically recite every page and do the analysis in the head while reading that first time, how can I compete with that?:) They are my friends though and I love them, but if I applied even two years ago, things could be different.

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2010, 09:22:37 PM »
so then you expect it to be harder to transfer in this economy vs easier?

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Re: Need opinion on my chances of transfer
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2010, 09:24:14 PM »
My school is also T4, the 1L I couldn't understand any legal opinion, but I learned and will graduate next month.  Stay put and move up...