01 Jun 2013

Transfer Policies Schools 51-75

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HASTINGS Students currently attending an ABA/AALS accredited law school are eligible to transfer to UC Hastings. A student must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 semester units to be considered for transfer, and may transfer a maximum of 30 semester units. In order to be awarded a UC Hastings J.D., a student must successfully complete a minimum of 56 units while enrolled at UC Hastings as a full-time student for no fewer than four semesters.

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30 May 2013

Transfer Policies Law Schools 26-50

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA We encourage and welcome applications from law school students who are interested in transferring to the University of Iowa College of Law.  The following steps will serve as a guide for the transfer process: To apply, please visit our Online Application [] page for the Transfer Application.As a transfer student, you must have completed at least one full academic year of law studies by June of the year in which you are

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29 May 2013

Transfer Policies and Links to Schools 1-25 (Part 1 in series of 3)

YALE Yale Law School welcomes applications for transfer. Each year, almost 200 students from a broad range of law schools apply; we usually offer admission to 10-15 of them. Transfer applications must be submitted between May 15 and July 1 of the year in which admission is sought. All applicants must have finished the equivalent of one year of law school at another ABA-approved school and meet the other eligibility requirements for transfer applicants [

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16 May 2013

Want to make a really good first impression to an admissions dean or hiring partner?

This is a simple way to differentiate yourself, yet my experience has been that only about 1% of applicants and 5% of law students do it. But 50% of professionals do. Before I reveal it, a very quick backstory is necessary. Without this understanding, I think it is hard to genuinely “get” what I am about to say. The backstory is simply that professionals are really busy, often stressed, and at times frantic. Moreover, they know all of this. Anything tedious that requires a shred of time increas

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23 Apr 2013

Mistake #1: You are too nice

See previous – Mistake #2: Shangri-Law [] This was an easy “#1 mistake for 2012/2013″ because while the amount of scholarship money available is on the rise, I have not seen a corresponding increase in the amount of leverage admitted students exercise or sophistication with which they negotiate. Indeed, if anything, I have seen an increase in anxiety this year — perhaps because there is more money on the line. Even the advice of some of the

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17 Apr 2013

Mistake #2: Shangri-Law

See previous – Mistake #3: The Fight Club In You [] Disclaimer: this relates to those seeking BigLaw and not government, clerkships, academic jobs or anything that is not BigLaw. This could, and perhaps should, be about a few things. Law school itself is not exactly Shangri-La. Nor is trying to get into the best law school, and to go, at all costs. But you guys are preached about this over and over — in the media, on blogs, by fa

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16 Apr 2013

Mistake #3: The Fight Club In You

See previous — Mistake #4: The Waiting is the Hardest Part [] (Note: Data updated to include the 2016-2017 cycle) Fight Club was a great book, a really good movie, and gave the world one of its best aphorisms when referring to humans — “unique and beautiful snowflake.” Perhaps in no place is this more applicable than in admissions. So much so, I’ve already blogged about it in our Mistake #10 [http://blog.spiveyconsultin

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16 Apr 2013

Mistake #4: The Waiting is the Hardest Part

See previous – Mistake #5: "Oxymoronic" LSAT Advice [] Update 3/27/2020 There is nothing more difficult in the admissions process than being wait-listed. For 175+ years as a company we have seen students in law school admissions who have been admitted, wait-listed and denied, and they nearly universally express that the denial was easier than languishing on a wait-list for a drawn-out period. The irony is that just about every

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03 Apr 2013

Mistake #5: "Oxymoronic" LSAT Advice

See previous – Mistake #6: "Help my GPA has fallen and it can't get up" [] Here you have it – two pieces of advice that are not only going to contradict a great deal of what you read online, but which also seem to contradict each other: 1. If you retake the LSAT your score is not likely to go up substantially or beyond the measurement of error for the first test. 2. You should likely retake the LSAT. In

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31 Mar 2013

Mistake #6: "Help my GPA has fallen and it can't get up"

See previous – Mistake #7: Texts, Typos, and Timezones [] I have been following law school discussion forums for a long time. Much has changed over the years, but the next three mistakes have stayed pretty much constant. For #6, we will focus on undergraduate grade point average (uGPA). Invariably, at some point in the admissions cycle, a phenomenon along the lines of the following happens in numerous panicky threads online (a

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