Let’s review the law school transfer stats for the T15-25 law schools. Spoiler alert for T3/4 students: the T15-25 law schools roll out the red carpet for you!
Similar to my analysis of the T14 transfer stats, for these law school transfer stats I gathered data from the 2016 standard 509 reports. Without further ado, here is a summary of the T15-25 law school transfer stats.
First, similar to what we saw with the T14 schools, most of the top feeder schools are located in the same region as their corresponding T15-25 law school. If you’re looking to make the jump from a T2 or T3/4 to a T15-25, strongly consider applying to those schools in your 1L school’s region.
Second, with the exception of Vanderbilt, all of the reporting schools enrolled transfer students from T3/4 law schools. That’s good news if you’re at a T3/4 and are looking to improve your chances at landing a non-contract attorney gig after law school.
Third, ASU enrolled 48 transfer students from law school powerhouse Arizona Summit Law School. Big props to those 48 students for getting out of Arizona Summit. Unfortunately, you’ll still be competing for jobs against many of your old peers, just at a new law school. Well, at least ASU has an awesome college bar scene. Right?
Fourth, WUSTL enrolled only 4 transfer students in 2015. This is in-line with the 7 transfer students who enrolled in 2014. But a far cry from the whopping 44 transfer students who enrolled in 2013. This may be the new norm for WUSTL. So take note if you have your heart set on transferring to WUSTL after 1L. I’m looking at you SLU 1Ls!
Fifth, the median 1L GPA for enrolled transfer students is quite low at some schools. For example, the median 1L GPA for Emory transfer students is 3.16. This is likely a result of Emory accepting a high number of T3/4 students who suffered under the thumb of harsh law school curves. In other words, it is likely more difficult to earn a 3.16 GPA at John Marshall than Washington & Lee. Something to keep in mind when looking at median GPA stats.
Sixth, GWU enrolled a large (106!) number of transfer students in 2015, most of whom attended 1L in D.C. Does GWU have better employment statistics than say, American? Likely yes. Is it worth giving up top grades and a large scholarship at American to pay full tuition at GWU for that bump in employment prospects? Maybe . . .
Depending on your circumstances, transferring law schools may not make sense. This is especially so if you’re considering transferring to a law school outside the T14. Before you commit to transferring to any law school, you need to think long and hard about the reasons for why you want to transfer law schools.