Should I Reapply To Law School or Plan To Transfer?

Thinking about reapplying to law school for the Fall 2019 cycle?

Summer time, and the livin’ ain’t easy for those on a waiting list who are worried that they won’t be admitted to the schools of their choice this time around. I often get calls at this time of year from people who are deciding whether to reapply next year, hoping for better results, or to go to the school where they’ve sent a deposit this year and “plan” to transfer as a 2L. Here’s a bit about my thoughts on this decision:

5 thoughts on “Should I Reapply To Law School or Plan To Transfer?

  1. Alexis on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I am in a predicament similar to what you mentioned in this video. I applied to law school with a 3.7 GPA and a 157 LSAT score, but I applied very late in the cycle (on the deadline of each application). I was accepted to Baylor and the University of Houston but was (expectedly) rejected from my top choice (University of Texas), and waitlisted to my second choice (SMU) to which I have written a LOCI, met with various students and professors, sent a final transcript and updated resume, and have kept in contact with admissions.

    I am now faced with the decision of attending Baylor for a year and transferring to SMU (schools with nearly identical ranks) or take a year off to work, hurry to study for the September LSAT, and reapply when I get that score back (or hope I get off this waitlist, of course).

    I would very much prefer to enter law school and transfer, and I believe in myself that I can achieve high enough grades to do so as I am a good student and SMU is ranked nearly the same as Baylor. I am concerned that I will not be able to perform better on the LSAT, and end up harming my re-application, as I studied very hard with Kaplan for about 4 months and never increased my score on practice tests beyond my maximum score (157).

    However, many articles online, including your own suggest that taking a year off is the smarter move. I’m wondering if the transfer being of a similar ranking affects your advice at all? I am at the point where I need to begin moving out of my undergrad apartment and find a new place to live, but I cannot do so without a final answer from the SMU waitlist, or a decision to go to Baylor/take a year off on my part. Do you have any different advice for my situation?

    • Hi Alexis. I know this is frustrating, and it’s been a few weeks since you posted. Have there been any updates?
      I think you could probably raise your score by using a non-Kaplan method, and you would probably get better results applying in the fall rather than at the deadline. I just put that out there for your consideration….

  2. Shai on said:

    Dear Ann,

    I came across your blog and felt that I would greatly benefit from your input on the following question. Does attaining a score below a 150 mean that I have no reason to attend law school? One person said this on an online forum and I’ve begun to doubt myself ever since. Is there a reason why people believe that 150 is the margin number? Is a score in the 140’s reflecting someone’s inability to get into law school, graduate, or pass the bar exam?

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