As 1L grades and class rank are released, this is a very popular question. Since law schools do not have to release any information about the credentials of admitted transfer applicants, this can often feel like a crapshoot. But there are some key ingredients for successful transfer applicants.
The ideal transfer applicant:
1. Was in the top 20% or higher of the law school class at a reputable law school;
2. Has a great letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member;
3. Writes a compelling essay about reasons for wanting to transfer; and
4. As a bonus, was previously waitlisted at the school he or she is attempting to transfer to.
The bigger you are trying to jump up in the rankings, the higher your class rank should be.
If you are struggling in law school, and have a GPA at or under a 3.0, and/or a class rank in the bottom half of your law school class, transferring “up” is not realistic. If you want to be closer to home, you can try transferring to a similarly ranked law school, hoping they will be tempted by the tuition money as a balance out to their overly generous 1L scholarships this coming fall.