Sua Sponte shares the blog Personal Statement / LOR / Dean`s Certificate: These things are really only used as a double check to make sure you can write, attend classes, and don`t get into trouble in school. At most, it can give you a little boost. Most personal statements and LORS sound the same anyway. Well, if you have really compelling reasons for the transfer (like your wife and kids are in this area or your parents slowly dying in this city), then I guess it can give you an average boost if you mention it in your personal statement. Is there a stigma attached to the transfer and is it easy to adjust to the new school? This article is based on a series of blog posts by TLS forum user “Arrow”, who started in Loyola Los Angeles but moved to Berkeley Law after a successful 1L year. This gigantic guide – which is the result of extensive research and a necessary dose of speculation – outlines the lessons learned by Arrow during its transfer process. Oh and to sum up the *obvious* key to transfer success – GET GOOD GRADES (more on that later). Above the law has an interesting perspective on transfers, feel free to read the comments of these articles How does it work? Well, most non-top schools do OCI very early (around mid-August) to get an edge over the top schools. Most of the best schools can do OCI a little later (usually in September) because they can afford it. The problem is that, sometimes, students don`t get their commitment until they start OCI in their old school. So if the new school also allows them to do OCI, they won`t be able to interview again (i.e. twice). The only rule is that you don`t bid or interview the same company twice in the same office.

There are four main elements that go into a successful transfer request: 1L school, 1L grades, 1L references and personal statement. The others, such as the cumulative average of the bachelor`s degree and the LSAT score, are ultimately much less important than the first four. Of these four components, an aspiring transfer can start working on three even before its 1L year begins. The fourth will have to wait until the second semester – for good reason, which we will explain shortly. Thread here on TLS about transferring part-time work to another course viewtopic.php?f=3&t=103013 Should I go to one law school to move on to another? There are simply too many options when it comes to these factors. Here are some common situations where transferring (rather than staying) is not an obvious choice. Sideways/Transfer down/Part full-time in the same school/Part full-time in different schools/T3 to T4 (there really is no data on this): The price of failure must also be taken into account. Ultimately, the transfer process is far from a safe bet, and many students who enroll in a lower law school with the intention of transferring do not. When it comes to determining which law school to attend for their 1L year, a student must always recognize that they could stay there forever. For example, if you hate the cold, don`t go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison — you could be staying there for more than a year than you wait. I also do not know if the economy has an influence on transmission. On the one hand, people may want to change to reduce their risk of not finding a job, as the recession forces jobs in the best schools.

On the other hand, taking on more debt is risky, so people who want to change can take the old-school purse. The two factors could therefore cancel each other out. I would not worry about that. Schools have seen requests from different schools each year and can find out. In particular, the A`s in T2/T3/T4 schools will generally be impressive and likely to be in the top 1%. Even if you`re in Berkeley and trying to change, they can make a general estimate based on how many HH/H/P you have. Now, while students are more interested in dissemination, law schools seem just as interested. The inclusion of transfers allows law schools to 1) select top students from other schools and eliminate competition, 2) accept smart people without worrying about LSAT/uGPA, and 3) accept students who pay full tuition, and 4) admit students with a good 1L year, which is a better predictor of success. So I noticed that schools slowly started accepting more and more transfers.

Finally, please give your teacher a ton of time to do it. Now I gave 1-2 weeks to my two teachers, but they understood my time constraints as the grades arrived late. Yes, I waited for my notes to be published and THEN decided to change. Some teachers will want 3-4 weeks, so try to do it early (before grades come out) if you have to. Oh and I would like to say a special thank you to Loyola Law School, the teachers, the administration and all those who supported me a lot and helped me in my decision to transfer. That is certainly unfair. Since you are a transferee, you will be in a unique position where you can participate in both your old school`s CLB and your new school`s CLB. However, I learned this from a few long conversations with a few very smart and intelligent people. By the way, most interviewers will ask you why you changed. If it is a geographic preference, the answer is simple.

Don`t hesitate to tell them the truth, although I suspect most interviewers will understand if you tell them it`s a career decision.

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