It is technically pretty simple and there are a gazillion ways to go about doing it. For example, at my school (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles), many people want to go to USC or UCLA. At the same time, the people at the new school do not want you to interview there either since you are not the typical student who did their 1L year - If you are doing OCI at your old school, you get to interview earlier and before the spots are taken up. If you want to think transfer friendly, GULC tops the list, which has about 100 students transferring in every year (it must accept a lot more too). First, you don’t need to attend a T1 school to have a shot at transferring to one of the T14 law schools. I have never heard of anyone being able to negotiate a scholarship at their new school, even if they really wanted to go to Michigan but were accepted at Harvard or something. Northwestern ~20 according to their website (Law School Numbers says 40) 10. Some require you to have a big long talk with the dean. I honestly think this is one reason most professors will understand. Generally, people say you take a 10-20% ranking drop at your new school, but I have heard of many cases where transfers do just as well as they did in their old school. When reviewing your transfer application, law schools will no longer look as much on your undergraduate GPA, class rank, or even your LSAT … Sometimes if other students are there, stay a bit afterwards. The kicker is that GULC has an early action program. *This list is not exhaustive. See the following articles for more information: I. My boyfriend suprised me last week by visiting and it was so great, we had a really good time and I was so so happy he came. However, if the opportunity arises to forge a meaningful connection with a professor, it would certainly be a good idea to do so. Currently, these are the only schools that have this option. Stanford ~12 (TLS forum users DarlayBoo, MarkTwain, and jwbayou5 say it is more like 16-20, but it will likely be cut down back to 12) 4. Make sure you are comfortable graduating from your current school. Introduction II. Schools have seen applications from various schools every year and can figure this out. As you can see, the lowest median "transfer in" GPA is at Cornell Law School, which only enrolled 7 transfers. My personal recommendation is to go for it, but only if you really want to go to the school. Miami ~20 77. Even at my T2 school, my classmates were worried about an incoming class of 40 transfers (from T3/T4’s) and how they might screw up the curves and hog interviews. Whatever the reason, transferring is the opportunity of a lifetime to correct those errors if you want to call them, and put you back on track. However, if this is your plan before ever attending law school, speak with an admissions officer at the school that you desire to transfer to and find out how many students Loyola (Los Angeles) ~35 71. I cannot really help you there, but just use the same methods you did when you wrote your original PS. A few of my professors showed a ton of pride for the school while others hinted at how transferring was bad. Lastly, Washington University St. Louis’ EA option has been dumped (formerly due March 31). Employers look at your 1L GPA, so my guess is that having a better school on your resume can only increase your chances. Again, depending on exactly where you are in the T1, top 20-30% may be okay if you are only 10-15 rankings lower. Also, people in the T2 who transfer to Harvard are pretty much always ranked #1. With COVID-19, has the transfer market been affected in any way? Oh and I want to give a special thanks to Loyola Law School, the professors, the administration, and everyone there who has been very supportive and helpful in my transferring decision. Talk about class sizes or geographical preferences. Michigan – due July 21, only 1 LOR required 10. I will try to be as comprehensive as I can. For example, Harvard 10 years ago only took 2 transfers, now they take around 30. Some schools make it harder by mailing the things out slowly. The internet has also started to provide more information on how to transfer. Berkeley – due June 15 6. Straight A’s at T2/T3/T4 schools are going to be generally impressive and likely in the top 1%. Most schools realize you may not have received grades by June 15th, so just email them to tell them that and send it in once you get it. Feel free to email them to double check. I have actually never heard of anyone getting top grades 1st semester, then getting average grades 2nd semester (though I am sure it is possible). If you had spectacular, knock-em dead grades first semester, you will likely get similar grades second semester. Law schools are becoming more open to high-achieving transfer students as a way to increase revenue . Law school is an investment after all. Other transfer-friendly schools in the T14 include NYU, Columbia, Berkeley, and Michigan. How long they have taught at your law school – Is your professor new? You can write whatever you want. Your undergrad GPA and LSAT are supposed to predict your success in law school during your first year. I honestly think it is no different than being a freshman and starting all over again. The percentages are actually about the same. Chicago also requires you get “consistent” grades throughout the year. Law Review/Moot Court: “No”, again. Here are some obvious answers, but you can, 1) ask for an extension 2) ask the schools you have not heard from to politely “hurry up” and tell them you really want to go there 3) accept at the school but withdraw later (for example, Berkeley requires some integrity but no seat deposit, so perhaps they will understand if you have to accept early but later go to Harvard) 4) just go to Berkeley, Stanford, and GULC because those are good schools already. Note that this is the number of students who ended up transferring. Since you are a transfer, you are in a unique position where it is possible for you to participate both in your old school’s OCI and your new school’s OCI. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. So, the two factors just might cancel each other out. UPenn – due July 15, complete by August 1 9. I have met two people personally who have done it and heard of 3 people online who have done it. The following data is all from 2018 ABA 509 reports. III. Everyone who does well gets a ton of these awards (Dean’s List, Scholarships, CALI awards, Honor Societies etc.). After you have completed one year of law school, you are eligible to transfer to another law school. This article is based off of a series of blog posts by TLS Forum user “Arrow”, who started off at Loyola Los Angeles but transferred to Berkeley Law after a successful 1L year. adMISSION: HLS Topics: adMISSION: HLS , Student Voices , Transferring … Tagged Law school, Transferring law schools Well, I’m slowly adjusting to my new life as a 2L and as a transfer. Chicago ~15-25 8. For me, this was something that was always in the back of the mind (perhaps as a sort of immigrant mentality to succeed). As always, good softs may matter in tie-breakers and can also likely hurt you if they are particularly poor. You have all asked for LORs before, and I would say this is a lot easier to do than the PS. In addition, your will demonstrate your personality and unique backgrounds so that they will remember you and have things to say when they later write your LOR. These are the factors that generally guide the forum polls (on TLS/Yahoo groups). From reading other people’s stories though, most professors are generally supportive of the transferring process and will understand that law school is a business and that you want to better yourself. If you have more questions, feel free to PM me or post them here in this thread. However, do pick professors that gave you A’s. - Official Undergraduate Transcripts (and any non-law school/graduate school transcripts) - LSDAS Report and the $12 fee - 1st Year Law School Transcript (w/ class rank) - Dean’s Certificate/Letter of Good Standing. I personally did not talk about transferring with my professors, mostly because of strong anti-transferring policies at the time. Depending on exactly where you are in the T1, top 10-15% may be okay if you are only 10-15 rankings lower. Before I even get to the writing of the oh-so-dreaded essay, let me reemphasize that the PS is a lot less important than people think. These are the professors you want. Just to give you a quick background, I attended Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) and transferred to Boalt Hall after my 1L year. Many schools will want you to resend in your undergraduate transcript as part of your LSDAS, even if you sent the same one last year. Basically the rule is, do not go to law school wanting to transfer. They are not being evil or anything, this is just how business works. If you can, try to do these things as early as possible, perhaps before spring finals kick in. © Copyright 2002-2021 iStudy Australia Pty Ltd. You must log in or register to reply here. Below, I have listed the number of transfers each “T14” school usually accepts as well as figures from some other transfer-friendly schools. The Application Requirements VII. Does he sometimes forget things or is he slow in getting things done? Did you guys bond in office hours? (easier/harder) Just looking to get any kind of insight from those with transferring experience. If you have applied to the law school before, you would obviously have to use new materials. Nobody except the admissions officers really knows your chances, and my guess may be just as good as any (hopefully). However, I do recommend you use new recommendation materials since many things have changed. The upcoming break will give you the time you need to get your materials ready and weigh your options. I personally will acknowledge that this money saving benefit of transferring exists, but is definitely not something I recommend. Third, successful transfer students will not be around on campus to offer advice because they are now at a new school. Do you want to be a lawyer? If you transfer after your first year, you will get the degree from the new law school that you go to instead of your old school. - Because you paid for a year’s worth of tuition and OCI (which starts before 2L year) is “arguably” part of the 1st year since it is based on 1st year grades - Because you are past the interview cancelation deadline and you received your acceptance like 48 hours before the interview - Because employers often pre-select at your old school’s OCI but not your new school’s - Because doing OCI at your old school allows for a better comparison of your grades - Because you HAVE to do interviews somewhere right? Remember, LORs are not very important compared to your grades. By the way, law review should not be a reason to stay but people factor it into their decision every time. 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