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Shifting to another law schoolI am a 1L at a law school in LA. I have performed pretty well in the last semester and am hoping to do the same in my next semester. I have also landed a position as a federal law clerk, and am a leader at a student organization too. I want to shift to one of NYC's top-tier law schools. Is this decision worth considering? What would the campus interviewers at the new school think about this? Do you think I just need to stick where I am?

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posted 2006-12-05 01:22:57

Dear Doppiedaps,

It is obvious that you have what it takes to excel in law school, and for that reason, I can see why you are interested in transferring to a better school. However, there are a few things you need to consider before you pack up your junk and head east.
First of all, ask yourself why you choose to go to law school in CA in the first place? Whatever drove your decision to choose Los Angeles, is that impetus still a factor? If so, why do you want to leave?
Second, what are your goals in law school. What do you really want to get out of law school, and can the school you want to transfer to offer you something that your current school cannot?
Third, keep in mind that it is often far more difficult to transfer to a new school in the middle of a program than it is to enter as a first-year. Universities, and not just law schools, do not usually give precedence to students who have already found a spot in another University. You already got into law school, and they are more likely to give someone else a chance.
That’s not to say that this is an impossible goal. The bottom line is, before you make any rash decisions, you really need to ask yourself why you want to move. I mean, REALLY ask yourself. If the opportunities outweigh the challenges of transferring, and the new school is truly better FOR YOU, then make it happen. But just remember, reputation is not everything. If the school doesn’t fit YOU, then it’s not any better than the one you’re currently enrolled in.
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