Finding reliable T14 law school transfer statistics is not easy. But, after some heavy lifting, I uncovered some interesting law school transfer statistics for 2016. Which T14 schools enroll the most transfer students? Let’s take a look.
T14 Law School Transfer Statistics
When I was applying to transfer from a T2 law school to a T14 law school there was very little law school transfer statistics available. Without helpful data, I decided to cover my bases and apply to ALL of the T14 law schools. It worked for me but it was a crap-shoot, expensive, and time-consuming.
Times have changed, a bit. Enter the law school standard 509 reports. These reports summarize each ABA approved law school’s response to an annual questionnaire provided by the ABA. The reports provide, among other things, some helpful law school transfer statistics.
Based on the 2016 standard 509 reports, I put together a quick and dirty summary of the T14 law school transfer statistics. (I included Georgetown Law for posterity’s sake.)
T14 Law School Transfer Summary
|Rank||Law School||Transfers In||Median 1L GPA||Top Feeder Schools||T2 Accepted||T3/4 Accepted|
|1||Yale Law School||9||4.05||Berkeley (2); Columbia (2); Northwestern (1); Penn (1); Pepperdine (1); UT (2)||No||No|
|2||Stanford Law School||10||3.88||Berkeley (3); Columbia (1); UGA (1); Harvard (1); Penn (1); UVA (3)||No||No|
|3||Harvard Law School||35||3.94||GWU (3); Wash U (2); NYU (2); Cornell (2); Chicago (2); Irvine (2); Boston (2)||Yes||No|
|4||University of Chicago||21||3.80||Loyola-Chicago (3); Chicago-Kent (2); DePaul (2); Illinois (2)||Yes||No|
|5||Columbia Law School||50||3.71||Fordham (6); GWU (5); Georgetown (4); Brooklyn (4); Cardozo (3); Cornell (3)||Yes||No|
|6||NYU School of Law||43||3.60||Fordham (6); GWU (6); Georgetown (4); Berkeley (3); Cardozo (3)||Yes||No|
|7||University of Pennsylvania Law School||15||3.71||Penn (4); Wash U (3); Brooklyn (2)||Yes||Yes|
|8||University of Michigan Law School||25||3.64||Michigan State (3); Wayne State (3); Michigan (2); Missouri (2); Wash U (2)||Yes||Yes|
|8||University of Virginia Law School||5||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||Duke University School of Law||5||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||Northwestern Law||22||3.65||Wash U (5); Loyola-Chicago (4); Illinois (3); American (2); Chicago-Kent (2); John Marshall (2)||Yes||Yes|
|12||UC Berkeley Law||33||3.80||Santa Clara (5); Southwestern (4); Hastings (3); Davis (2); Irvine (2); Brooklyn (2)||Yes||Yes|
|13||Cornell Law||9||3.47||Fordham (2); GWU (2); ASU (1); Cardozo (1); Colorado (1); Connecticut (1); Tennessee (1)||Yes||No|
|14||University of Texas School of Law||25||3.47||South Texas College of Law (5); University of Houston (3); University of Alabama (3) Texas A&M (2); Texas Tech (2)||Yes||Yes|
|15||Georgetown Law||111||3.63||American (11); John Marshall (10); George Mason (6); Brooklyn (6); GWU (4)||Yes||Yes|
A few data points stand out.
First, the median 1L GPA for enrolled Yale transfer students is beyond impressive. End of story.
Second, look at all the transfers Georgetown enrolls. 111! Georgetown’s second largest feeder school is John Marshall. Seriously? If you have dreams of transferring from a T3/4 to a T14 (or T15!), Georgetown should be one of your target schools.
Third, UVA and Duke enrolled very few transfer students in 2015. Assuming that the self-reported law school transfer stats are correct, if you are hoping to transfer to either UVA or Duke next year, make sure to apply to additional T14 law schools.
Fourth, and perhaps not surprisingly, many of the top feeder schools are located in the same region as their corresponding T14 law school. The University of Chicago, Berkeley, Michigan, Northwestern, and UT are great examples. If you are attending law school in the Midwest and looking to transfer to a T14, consider applying to at least the University of Chicago, Michigan, and Northwestern. If you’re on the east coast, Columbia may be a good bet. Regional ties are on your side.
Fifth, the T6 law schools did not enroll any T3/4 transfers in 2015. (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.) If you’re at a T3/4, you may want to focus your transfer applications on the lower half of the T14.
Additional Resources For Law School Transfer Statistics
If you’re thirsty for more data, the law school standard 509 reports can be found here. You can dive into law school transfer stats for every ABA law school, not just the T14.
I also want to give a shout-out to drmguy over at top-law-schools.com for putting together this excellent law school transfer statistics database. The database, which relies upon self-reported data from prospective transfer students, is chock-full of helpful anecdotal evidence for hopeful law school transfers.