Law School Discussion

t3/t4 chances

Re: t3/t4 chances
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2006, 11:00:21 AM »
If you transfer up, how is your class rank, etc. calculated at your new school?  Do you start over, meaning that your 2L grades determine your rank?  Thanks!

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Re: t3/t4 chances
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2006, 11:19:24 AM »
Yes, you lose your ranking and your GPA. Some schools, mostly lower tiered, will allow you to be eligible for law review if you made the journal at your transferor school.

Re: t3/t4 chances
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2006, 11:54:39 AM »
So, is there no way to work your way back up to the to 10-20%?  That was my question - because, what's the point of transferring up if you are delegated to the bottom half of your class no matter what you do.


Am I being clear?

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Re: t3/t4 chances
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2006, 01:13:32 PM »
So, is there no way to work your way back up to the to 10-20%?  That was my question - because, what's the point of transferring up if you are delegated to the bottom half of your class no matter what you do.


Am I being clear?

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Ahhh, sorry, I misunderstood your question.

I'm not sure why you say that one would be delegated to the bottom half of the class. Just because you transfer schools doesn't mean you have a GPA of 3.1 or below (which would be bottom half at my current school). You simply start over as if you were a first year, I suppose.

As I said above, the most important process you will go through in LS if you hope to get a BigLaw job is the OCI (on campus interveiw) process. When a tranfer student interviews the fall of their 2nd year with law firms, the tranfer student uses his/her credentials from the first year law school. For example, while I may not have had an established GPA at Notre Dame, I still had a 3.7 and a ranking of 2/163 from my first year at Detroit Mercy. These are the grades that employers saw and these will never change.

Many firms have requirements/recommendations, such as "top 25% required, journal preferred, moot court preferred." This is a common one, and I was allowed to use my first year grades/journal/moot court recognition in spite of the fact that I was interviewing at ND where I technically had no journal experience, no moot court and no GPA.

Employers really liked transfer students this year and all that I can think of got offers. It does kind of suck that I need to do really well this semester to get an established GPA at ND, but it doesn't matter that much as I already have a job offer.

Hope this helps a bit more,
EMSR