This article summarizes the law school transfer stats for the T15-25 law schools. I gathered all of the data in this post from the 2017 ABA standard 509 reports. Let’s see what it takes to transfer to a T15-25 law school.
Similar to my analysis of the T14 law schools, for these law school transfer stats I gathered data from the 2017 standard 509 reports.
Since the 2017 GPA data is only reported for schools that enrolled 12 or more transfers, I’ve included 2016 GPA data in parens where available.
Without further ado, here is a summary of the T15-25 law school transfer stats.
T15-25 Law School Transfer Statistics
|Rank||Law School||Transfers In||Median 1L GPA||Top Feeder Schools||T2 Accepted||T3/4 Accepted|
|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|
|15||UCLA||36||3.58||Loyola - Los Angeles (5); Hastings (5); Pepperdine (4); University of San Diego (2)||Yes||Yes|
|17||Vanderbilt University||8||(3.39)||American (2)||Yes||Yes|
|18||Washington University in St. Louis||16||3.20||Baltimore (2)||Yes||Yes|
|20||University of Iowa||2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|20||University of Notre Dame||12||3.29||Villanova (2)||Yes||Yes|
|22||Emory University||41||3.20||Charlotte (6); John Marshall - Atlanta (4); Stetson (3); Howard (3); Chicago-Kent (3); Barry (3)||Yes||Yes|
|23||University of Minnesota||4||(3.29)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|25||Arizona State University||56||3.22||Arizona Summit Law School (24); Cal Western (2); MSU (2); Thomas Jefferson (2)||Yes||Yes|
Here are a few things that jump out to me about these 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, 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 enrolls a large number of transfer students, including 24 transfers from law school powerhouse Arizona Summit. Big props to those 24 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.
Fourth, about half of the T15-25 law schools enrolled only a small number transfer students. Several of these schools, like Vanderbilt, USC, and Minnesota, enrolled fewer students in 2017 than in 2016. This may be the new norm so you’ll need to keep this in mind as you’re preparing your applications.
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 3.20. 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 GWU. Something to keep in mind when looking at median GPA stats.
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.
P.S. Now that you’re up to speed on the law school transfer stats for the T15-25 law schools, check out the rest of my law school transfer articles.