I don't know specifics about each school, but I think the general rule is the lower ranked the school, the higher in the class you have to be.From Deloggio:http://www.deloggio.com/hearing/transfer.htmhttp://www.deloggio.com/hearing/reject.htm
There's a yahoo group all about transfering: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transferapps/
I've heard anecdotally that it's difficult to transfer into the T14 no matter where you end up unless you're top 10-15%. It sounds like you already have a grip on what it takes; if you go to a 15-25 ranked school you can probably think about transferring around top 15% (maybe even top 20%), but if you end up at a lower T1 school you're probably more like top 5-10%. From what I've heard about law school exams, it's nearly impossible to determine where in the class you'll fall, so you're probably best off planning on graduating from where you enroll. If you get the GPA you need, treat the transfer idea like a gift, not like something you expect. I know you don't want to hear it (I've heard it plenty; Penn to you is Vandy to me), but if your heart is really set on Penn, you're best off taking the LSAT one more time in June and trying again next year.
It seems to me that if you rank in the top 10-15% at BU, UNC, GW, or Fordham, you would have similar options to coming out of Penn anyway- meaning very good chances at Biglaw in a firm in Boston, NYC, or DC.
Let me guess. Girlfriend in Philly?Anyway, in a Brooklyn LS thread, there's a 1L who talks about being in the top 5% and transfering to Columbia. So, if you were coming from a top 50 school, my guess is if you were in the top 15% you'd have a shot at tranfering, though you'd also probably have to have a good reason, like a program that they've got you're demonstrably interested in.Where's Towlie when we need him?