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The Art of the Law School Transfer: A Guide to Transferring Law Schools Paperback – August 20, 2009

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Competition for admission to law school is intense, with many if not most students hoping to gain admission to a 'dream' law school. Many of these students then hope to transfer to that dream school. The intensity of the law school experience-along with the exclusivity of top law jobs-feeds a desire among many law students to 'transfer up' to their dream school.

This book is a guide for these law students. It points out the difficulties and potential traps, and walks students through the transfer process. Importantly, this is the only book available in this topic.

(Andrew B. Carrabis)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: The Fine Print Press, Ltd. (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888960302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888960303
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 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: #1,452,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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...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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Transferring law schools can be the best thing to ever happen to someone, but the process is very tough and quick. And here's the catch: you only get one chance to get it right. Timing and the different application elements are crucial for a successful law school transfer, and this book will guide you through the process in an easy-to-read manner. By reading this book, you will never look back and say "oops, I should have done that instead."

Trust me, spend the $15 and buy this book. If you're going to spend $60-$100 per transfer application, you might as well get your full money's worth.

Finally, I am proud to say that I am a success story of this book. With this book, I was able to get all of my applications together and submit them early, which proved to be a big help. Additionally, I gained valuable insights from the Deans of Admission from UVA and Berkeley Law from reading their interviews in the book.

In the end, you're probably most interested in the results so I will share mine. I was accepted to three of the top six law schools and now am a student at HLS. I probably would not have been as fortunate as I was without this book. 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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