Rank at Cooley when transferring?
I finished in the top 6% with a book award, but after my first semester i was tied with maybe 3 or 4 other students for #1 out of five hundred something.
Approximate rank (assuming 3.5 cumulative GPA) at current school?
Class rank won't come out until next week. I just got my last grade today. However, after looking at the GPA cut-off points for last semester I should be at least in the top 25%, maybe 15%.
Impressions of quality of education received at schools?
Honestly, IMHO all ABA schools teach you the same stuff. The rules of tort law are the same whether you study law at Yale or Cooley. The only difference is at my current institution you get some exceptional professors. Professors that have done things like decide landmark cases and write casebooks.
Impressions of general intelligence of student body between schools?
At my current institution my colleagues are very academically inclined. At Cooley, I feel there are some bright students and vice versa. It really does vary. I knew a few kids at my old school that went to very prestigious colleges. Nonetheless, there is a significant change in the average level of intelligence between both schools.
Reason for transfer?
I felt the school I currently attend would open more doors for me. I thought I'd chase my biglaw pipe dream.