This data-driven post breaks down the T14 law school transfer GPA data. Let’s take a look at what GPA you’ll need to transfer to a top law school.
Here’s a breakdown of the relevant GPA data. (“X” means there is no data available.)
|2018 Ranking (U.S. News)||Law School||Transfers In (2014-16)||75th Percentile GPA (2014-16)||50th Percentile GPA (2014-16)||25th Percentile GPA (2014-16)|
|1||Yale Law School||15; 14; 9||4.01; 3.98; X||3.87; 3.89; 4.05||3.77; 3.83; X|
|2||Stanford Law School||12; 16; 10||4.1; 3.97; X||3.91; 3.78; 3.88||3.85; 3.67; X|
|3||Harvard Law School||33; 55; 35||3.95; 3.98; 4.0||3.9; 3.92; 3.94||3.83; 3.85; 3.88|
|4||University of Chicago||23; 23; 21||3.89; 3.91; 3.9||3.78; 3.83; 3.8||3.72; 3.71; 3.67|
|5||Columbia Law School||46; 44; 50||3.81; 3.82; 3.84||3.75; 3.76; 3.71||3.69; 3.66; 3.6|
|6||NYU School of Law||50; 51; 43||3.74; 3.76; 3.72||3.62; 3.68; 3.6||3.47; 3.52; 3.41|
|7||University of Pennsylvania Law School||12; 16; 15||3.77; 3.72; 3.88||3.73; 3.67; 3.71||3.63; 3.64; 3.67|
|8||University of Michigan Law School||19; 15; 25||3.91; 3.85; 3.81||3.82; 3.74; 3.64||3.67; 3.57; 3.55|
|8||University of Virginia Law School||X; 6; 5||X; X; X||X; 3.74; X||X; X; X|
|10||Duke University School of Law||10; 10; 5||X; X; X||X; 3.69; X||X; X; X|
|10||Northwestern Law||35; 19; 22||3.73; 3.89; 3.76||3.56; 3.69; 3.65||3.4; 3.59; 3.57|
|12||UC Berkeley Law||55; 49; 33||3.9; 3.87; 3.92||3.75; 3.81; 3.8||3.68; 3.69; 3.75|
|13||Cornell Law School||X; X; 9||X; X; X||X; X; 3.47||X; X; X|
|14||University of Texas School of Law||42; 37; 25||3.62; 3.6; 3.74||3.45; 3.46; 3.47||3.11; 3.32; 3.34|
First off, congrats to the University of Texas School of Law for cracking the T14 law schools for the first time.
Georgetown University Law Center (“GULC”), which typically accepts around 100 transfer students, fell out of the T14. For those in the know, this should come as no surprise.
Here’s What You Need To Know About The T14 Law School Transfer GPA Stats
- With few exceptions, the GPA you’ll need to transfer to a T14 law school varies little from year to year. The GPAs reflected in the chart should guide you moving forward with your law school transfer applications.
- The GPA needed to transfer to the University of Michigan Law School has decreased every year since 2014. If your 1L GPA is great, but not spectacular, and you dream of transferring to a T14 (or T10) law school, UM might just be your school.
- In contrast, the GPA needed to transfer to the University of Texas School of Law has increased year over year. But, the transfer GPA requirement is still much lower than the rest of the T14. This, combined with UT’s relatively low cost of tuition and rising employment figures, makes UT a nice choice for prospective transfer students who have solid GPAs.
- UC Berkeley Law loves high GPA transfer students. For example, Berkeley, which is ranked considerably lower than Columbia, has consistently higher transfer GPA requirements. Unless you have a strong desire to work in California generally or the Bay Area specifically, you may want to take your high transfer GPA and apply to Columbia or other T14 law schools, instead.
- NYU School of Law’s transfer GPA stats are generally lower than what I would have expected. This, combined with the high number of transfer students that NYU admits each year, makes NYU particularly attractive for prospective transfer students.
Have a question about the GPA you may need to transfer to a T14 law school? Just leave your question in the comments and I’ll get back to you.
P.S. Now that you’re up to speed on the T14 law school transfer GPA data, check out the rest of my law school transfer articles.