Finding reliable law school transfer statistics for the T14 law schools isn’t easy. But, I’ve uncovered the most interesting law school transfer stats available. Let’s take a look at the T14 law schools that enrolled the most transfer students in 2017.
Law School Transfer Statistics
When I was applying to transfer from a T2 law school to a T14 law school there was very little transfer data 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 with 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 information.
Based on the 2017 standard 509 reports, I put together a comprehensive summary of the T14 law school transfer statistics. (I included Georgetown Law for posterity’s sake.)
Keep in mind that for 2017 GPA data is only reported for law schools that enrolled 12 or more transfers. As such, I’ve included 2016 GPA data in parens where available.
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||8||(4.05)||Cornell (2); GULC (1); Harvard (1); UT (1); UConn (1); UC Berkeley (1); UPenn (1)||Yes||No|
|2||Stanford Law School||8||(3.88)||Columbia (2); BYU (1); GWU (1); Arizona (1); UC Davis (1); Minnesota (1); USC (1)||Yes||No|
|3||Harvard Law School||40||3.92||American (6); BC (3); GWU (3); Fordham (2); UC Hastings (2); UNC (2); WUSTL (2)||Yes||No|
|4||University of Chicago||17||3.74||Chicago-Kent (5); GWU (3)||Yes||Yes|
|5||Columbia Law School||46||3.76||GWU (5); Cornell (4); BU (3); Emory (3); Fordham (3)||Yes||Yes|
|6||NYU School of Law||58||3.57||GWU (11); Fordham (11); Emory (7); BC (3); UC Berkeley (3)||Yes||No|
|7||University of Pennsylvania Law School||9||(3.71)||Emory (1); GWU (1); Hofstra (1); Northeastern (1); OSU (1); Pitt (1); Wake Forest (1); Widener (1); W&M (1)||Yes||Yes|
|8||University of Michigan Law School||14||3.81||Wayne State (4): FSU (1); GWU (1); Marquette (1); Northeastern (1); Nova (1); Pepperdine (1); Akron (1); UF (1); Toledo (1); WMU (1)||Yes||Yes|
|8||University of Virginia Law School||4||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||Duke University School of Law||4||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||Northwestern Law||27||3.71||DePaul (9); Loyola Chicago (4); Chicago-Kent (3); John Marshall (3); Villanova (2)||Yes||Yes|
|12||UC Berkeley Law||33||3.81||Santa Clara (6); UC Davis (5); UC Hastings (4); Seattle (2); USF (2); UC Irvine (2)||Yes||Yes|
|13||Cornell Law||8||(3.47)||Hofstra (1); St. Johns (1); Syracuse (1); Touro (1); UF (1); Maryland (1); Miami (1); South Carolina (1)||Yes||Yes|
|14||University of Texas School of Law||18||3.61||South Texas (9); SMU (3); Houston (3)||Yes||Yes|
|15||Georgetown Law||105||3.64||American (13); Southwestern (5); Tulane (4); George Mason (4); GWU (3); New York (3); Seattle (3); Catholic (3) Francis King (3)||Yes||Yes|
A few data points stand out.
First, most of the T14 law schools enrolled less transfer students in 2017 than in 2016. No need to panic, however, because the drop is consistent with overall law school enrollment.
Second, look at all the transfers Georgetown enrolls. 105! Georgetown accepted an incredibly high number of T3/T4 students. 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 again enrolled the fewest transfer students. If you’re hoping to transfer to either UVA or Duke next year, make sure to apply to additional T14 law schools.
Fourth, 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, at least 12 of the T14 law schools enrolled T2 students. And at least 8 enrolled T3/T4 students. That’s great news for prospective transfers!
Additional Resources For Law School Transfers
If you’re thirsty for more data, the law school standard 509 reports for all of the T14 law schools can be found here. These reports will help you uncover even more law school transfer data and information about the T14 law schools.
I also want to give a shout-out to TLS 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.