Here are the top 25 law schools that accepted the most transfer students in 2016. I complied this law school transfer data from the new ABA Standard 509 Reports. Did your favorite law school make the list?
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Here Are The Most Transfer Friendly Law Schools
Law Schools With The Most Transfer Students
|U.S. News Rank||Law School||# of Transfers||Median Transfer GPA|
|30||George Washington University||106||3.26|
|25||Arizona State University||65||3.09|
|65||Loyola University - Los Angeles||43||3.16|
|6||New York University||43||3.60|
|41||University of Florida||39||3.29|
|54||University of Houston||36||3.31|
|77||University of Miami||31||3.01|
|48||Florida State University||30||3.22|
|46||Southern Methodist University||26||3.15|
|8||University of Michigan||25||3.64|
|14||University of Texas||25||3.47|
|72||St. John's University||22||3.26|
|4||University of Chicago||21||3.80|
|72||University of Oklahoma||18||2.99|
Three Takeaways For Transfer Students
- T14 Law Schools Love Transfer Students
- DC Law Schools Dominate The Transfer Market
- The Percentage Of Transfer Students Remains Consistent
T14 Law Schools Love Transfer Students
That’s right. Half of the T14 law schools made the list of the most transfer friendly law schools. Here’s a breakdown:
- Columbia: 50 transfers
- NYU: 43 transfers
- Harvard: 35 transfers
- Berkeley: 33 transfers
- Michigan: 25 transfers
- Northwestern: 25 transfers
- U Chicago: 21 transfers
This adds up to a total of 232 transfers.
Pundits will look at these numbers and say that the T14 law schools on this list use transfer students to increase their top line.
Maybe they’re right. Maybe not. But either way, if you’re looking to transfer to a T14 law school these numbers should give you some confidence and peace of mind.
DC Law Schools Dominate The Transfer Market
The top 25 law schools shown above account for 935 transfer students. That’s 52% of all law students who transferred in 2016. Of this percentage, Georgetown, GWU, and American accounted for 248 transfers, or 26%.
So, what is the reason for all of these DC transfers? Three words: better employment opportunities.
Despite falling out of the T14, Georgetown still offers the best employment opportunities of any DC law school. So it should come as no surprise to see DC law students climbing the law-school-rankings ladder in search of better employment opportunities.
Data from the ABA standard 509 reports tells the story. First, a high percentage of American students transferred to GWU. In return, a high percentage of GWU students transferred to Georgetown. Check out the T14 law school transfer statistics for more details.
The Percentage Of Transfer Students Remains Consistent
In 2015, a total of 1,989 students transferred law schools. In 2016, that number dropped to 1,778. That’s a 11% decrease in the number of transfers.
Here’s the good news for prospective transfers: that number is relatively consistent with the drop in total law school enrollment during that same time period. So don’t worry, the sky is not falling.
Now that you know which law schools accept the most transfers, check out the T14 law school transfer statistics and T15-25 law school transfer stats. In these posts I breakdown the GPA and other requirements you’ll need to have a shot at transferring to all of the T25 law schools.