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I'm a 26 year old computer engineer who will be applying to law schools next month for admission in Fall 2005. I'm taking the October LSAT, and I expect my score to be in the low-to-mid 170s. My undergrad GPA at Penn State was only 2.86. I've been crunching the numbers, and even with the most optimistic assessment of how any of the top adcoms would weight my major, work experience, LSAT, LOR's, and personal statement, it really looks like my undergrad performance will preclude me from getting into any of the top schools. I hadn't planned on going to Yale or Harvard, but someplace in the top 15 would have been nice. It does look like I should be able to get into a couple schools in the top 30 though. So my question is, would it be possible for me to transfer from a top 30 school to a top 15 after my first year, assuming I aced all my classes, had solid extracurricular activities, etc? How do transfers work? Will any of the top schools allow you to transfer in after your first year at a lesser school?
I don't think that this poster is assuming he will automatically be able to tranfer. I think he is admitting he messed up in UG, wants to take LS seriously, and is curious about the process of transferring. You seem to be realistic about your admission chances, and accept that. Transferring is difficultm but people do it every year, so it's not impossible! ATLbong gave some good pointers!
I'd rather ask whether it's even possible now than wait until next year and find out that even if I am in the top 5% of my class it can't be done. My question wasn't about the likelihood of the best-case L1 academic performance happening. The question was, if it does happen - What's the likelihood of being able to transfer? And how does the process work?
The answer is not to go to a school from which you'd be unhappy to graduate, in case you can't transfer. But I don't think it's bad to consider transferring already. You can be happy somewhere but have your sights set higher. If you know before starting that you want to tranfer you'll work hard to fulfil that aim, and an aim is a good thing to have before you start. But be prepared for the eventuality that you will not tranfer. Go with your eyes wide open.