I plan on attending a second tier law school this fall and possibly transferring to a higher-ranked school during my second year. Last week, I called the top 14 law schools and asked them the following four questions. There was a lot of hemming and hawing on their end, and many of their responses were vague, but I managed to wring some sort of answer from most of them.
4 Questions About Transferring to Higher-Ranked Law Schools
1. What sorts of first year grades are you looking for?
Applicants from high second tier schools should be in the top 5-10 percent of their class. Applicants from low second tier schools should be in the top 5 ranks of their class.
2. I did not do as well on the LSAT as I could have. Do you recommend re-taking the LSAT again for transfer purposes?
The LSAT score will be visible, but it’s not nearly as important as first year grades.
Translation: Yes, but only if studying for it doesn’t interfere with getting good first year grades.
3. What sorts of extracurricular activities would you like to see?
During first year: anything that furthers my career and shows involvement with the law school community is great.
In general: work/extracurricular experience prior to law school is also taken into consideration.
4. What percentage of transfer applicants got accepted in 2010?
Most of the top 14 schools had a 10-15 percent acceptance rate. Number of applicants for individual schools ranged from 120-250.