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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Print Press (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888960302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888960303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Transferring from one law school to another is like painting a delicate and complicated panorama, moving from one scene (your current law school) to a new one (the law school of your dreams). There are the technical elements, sure: certain methods and steps must be done at certain, specific times, and in certain ways. Failing to follow these can make your colors sag and smear, destroying all that you've done to that point. In law school, that's a lifetime of academic preparation.

As with all works of art, of course, there's an artistic element as well. So, it's not enough to simply submit papers and files on time. What is done must be done so that it's pleasing to those who see it: the admissions committee. (Or for transfers, often just one person: the dean of admissions.) Like all former transfer students, we painted our canvases. And as with nearly all novices, we made mistakes. These mistakes cost us time, money, and maybe even acceptance possibilities. The transfer process is full of quirks that a novice--any novice--will not see coming. With this book you will be prepared, and you will prepare your own work of art. After years of effort and sacrifice, don't ruin your portrait with needless errors. Instead, create the masterpiece that will get you into the law school of your dreams.

From the Author

From the book's introduction: We're not special because we're writing this down. We have, however, both been through the process. We have both transferred law schools, and we have confronted the many issues we discuss . . . and we did so with little official help or guidance. That is the reason for this book. It is our attempt to help everyone who will attempt to do what we did.

Yet this is more than just our combined experiences. We are lucky to be joined by numerous contributors, including Jacqueline Pace, who transferred to Harvard Law School; Robert Brayer, who transferred to UC-Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law; and Neil Wehneman, who graduated from Indiana University School of Law summa cum laude. We have also included interviews with Dean Kari A. Mattox (University of Florida); Dean Edward Tom (UC-Berkeley); and Dean Jason Trujillo (University of Virginia).


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The book is very easy to read and flows very well (and fast).
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I hope that this book will help you achieve the same success and I hope that you join us at HLS next year!
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This book is a must read for anyone that is considering a law school transfer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Strauch on October 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Art of the Law School Transfer is an excellent book for potential transfer students. It discusses every aspect of the transfer process from beginning to end. From how to narrow your potential transfer schools to adjusting to your new transfer school as a 2L. Additionally the book provides a chart of transfer acceptance percentages for a good number of the top 100 schools. Also, it provides sample resumes, transfer statements, and Letters of Recommendation. Lastly, the intro is written by a student that transferred to Harvard!! This is a must read for all potential transfer students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cooper on July 3, 2011
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"The Art of the Law School Transfer", by Andrew B. Carrabis and Seth D. Haimovitch, is the kind of book you don't realize you need until it's too late. To get straight to the point, if you're either (i) a 1L student a lower-ranked school and think you would be happier at a higher-ranked school (or think you were unfairly passed over for admission to a higher-ranked school but decided to attend your current school regardless), or (ii) a rising 2L student at a lower-ranked school who ends up with great grades at the end of the first year and now is considering how best to leverage those grades, then this book is a must-read and could have a significant effect on your career options after graduation from law school. In case you haven't realized already, the law school you graduate from can make the difference between an attorney office in a first-rate law firm, or working in the basement of the same law firm as a low-paid temporary document reviewer.

Transferring from a lower-ranked school to a higher-ranked school at the end of the first year of law school is the last chance you have to determine which law school's name will appear on your diploma. (There is always the option of "visiting" another law school for your 3L year, but you won't graduate from the school you visit - you'll remain a graduate of your current school.) So if, for whatever reason, you want one last shot at a diploma from that dream school, this is it. Your law school name follows you through your career, and, rightfully or wrongly, it has an impact on your employment prospects, career opportunities, and even on what kind of lawyer clients and other lawyers see you as.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was extremely helpful for transferring law schools. It breaks down in every detail the steps you must take in order to achieve that goal. An extremely great road map. My suggestion: Purchase this book as soon as you start thinking about transferring. It will save you a lot of time. Don't waste time researching every blog and reading every little article about transferring..this book does that in less than 300 pages, and it is very accurate(researched schools and conducted questionnaires with professors, admissions,and students). Additionally, even if you are NOT thinking of transferring this book provides you with valuable insight in how you can achieve great grades in law school and maintain a competitive advantage. Solid, Solid Book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Butler on June 12, 2010
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The perfect book for someone who starts thinking about transferring. Along with Arrows TLS post, it simply is a must read for anyone who wants to get acquainted with transferring. As has been stated, there is precious little information out there about the process and it is better to simply find out about every aspect of transferring at the start of it all. The examples are extremely helpful as well as charts and data on how many applications schools receive, how many students they admit, and how many actual matriculate to the school. All in all, a perfect book for the process. If you receive your first semester grades and they are stellar (or good enough to transfer), and you have the desire to, I'd order this book right away. The transferring process takes an enormous amount of time during your second semester (at least for me) and reading this book helps immensely.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Hibbard on November 2, 2009
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...this is very good. I wish I had read this book before transferring--as it would have been very helpful. Even after the actual transfer though, I found that the book had some good ideas for integrating into the new school (tips that have been very helpful to me right now).

There really aren't many resources about transferring law school--believe me, I just went through the whole ordeal--and I was very happy to find this book as it really did have great advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joseph28 on June 28, 2012
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Much of what's in this book is a matter of common sense to be quite honest. As everyone knows many aspects of the admission process deal with numbers and this book drives that fact home rather soundly. The book also touches on less obvious considerations such as the reputation of the home school versus the one being applied to. But as there are a dearth of texts on the subjects credit must be given the authors for writing the book. Of interest are the sample personal statements and LORs in the back of the book. All and all not a bad book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Martin on December 26, 2009
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I was really impressed by the thorough overview presented in this book - not just of the mechanics of transferring, but also of the various pros and cons associated with the process. Heading into law school I heard lots of speculation about the transfer process, but there was never a good source of information for it - until now!
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