Law School Transfer Tips

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Welcome to Learn Law Better, where today I am going to provide you with the pros and cons
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of transferring to another law school after your first year.
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Stay to the end, and you might change your mind before you pack your bags for another
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law school.
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Hi, this is Beau Baez, and today I want to provide you with some advice on whether you
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should transfer to another law school.
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This is an option that students with top grades have after their second semester of law school.
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If you transfer, you will get a diploma from the law school where you complete your final
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two years and not the law school where you completed your first year.
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Most students transfer to a higher ranked law school based on the U.S. News & World
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Report ranking system.
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First the pros of transferring: you will graduate from a higher ranked law school, which may lead to better
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jobs, clerkship opportunities, and higher salaries.
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The cons are more numerous and complex. One, your current school will likely throw money at you to stay,
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while you will likely pay full tuition at the new school.
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Two, many schools will prohibit you from getting on law review, so those opportunities are now gone.
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Three, there are likely other organizations and activities you may be precluded from participating
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in as a transfer student, such as moot court.
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Four, your GPA will likely not count at the new school, so this means you might not
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be able to get special honors at graduation.
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Four, you will lose your 1L friends and may find it difficult to make new friends at the
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law school.
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After all, most of the friends that you keep in law school and after law school are the ones you made in your first year.
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Five, you may have better job prospects at your current law school as employers look
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to hire the best and brightest from your law school. So keep in mind, stay at your current school you may graduate at the top
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You transfer, you very well might not be at the top
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and you may find it more difficult
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to be in the middle of a class than at the top of the pack.
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Now, let me tell you what I would tell my son or daughter, and what I have told some of my students.
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First, f you can move from a law school outside the Top 14 into the Top 14, then you just do that jump.
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It’s worth making a jump into the top 14, it will open up opportunities for you.
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Now if you are in that position, you are in the Top 14, and you are looking to jump within the 14
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look at how big of a jump,
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Going from school 14 to 12, it’s probably not going to make a difference.
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Now, if you go from school 14 to school 1 or 3, that’s a pretty big jump.
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I still remember my first year at Georgetown, one of my friends did very well in his first year,
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he transferred to Harvard, and he took it.
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That was a good move.
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And, by the way, at the time, Georgetown was ranked #9 in the country,
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But even then
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But a jump from #9 to whatever Harvard is, 1 or 3, 1, or 2 or 3. That made sense.
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Now the more difficult question is when you want to transfer to a law school that is not in the Top 14.
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Some students believe that any upward momentum is great, and will jump from school 27 to
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school 17. By the way, I am just stating random numbers and have no idea what schools have
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those spots this particular year.
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Now unless the transfer is significant, you are likely going to be worse off by moving to a different law school.
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Just bring it to the attention of your current law school, take any additional money that you have and stay at your current school.
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Now as a rule of thumb, unless you are making a jump of 50 or more schools you probably should
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not transfer.
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For those of you at a law school that is ranked below 100, I would recommend that you not jump to
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another law school below a 100.
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So for example, you are at school number 201 and can jump to school 106.
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Trust me, there really isn’t going to be a significant prestige jump and you are likely going to be better off
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staying at your current law school.
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Lawyers and judges do not keep a copy of the U.S. News & World Report on their desks and
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go “wow, you graduated from school number 107. That’s not how it works.
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Now if you do decide to try to transfer to a better school, make sure you get a letter from a professor that
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know you well.
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I helped several of my law students move from a very low ranked law school to Top 14 law schools.
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Lots of students with good grades apply to the Top 14, but only those with great
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letters of recommendation make those huge jumps. I mean I was able to craft the letter
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for these students and able to talk about their integrity, their academic performance
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their character. Thats what those schools want. You need a professor that can
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speak those kind of words if you really want to have a good shot at getting into a Top 14.
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Especially when you are ranked, you know, way at the bottom of the list.
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