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Posted February 21, 2012
"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. And The Art of the Law School Transfer elevates the process of transferring to where it should be - far more than a couple of paragraphs in a typical law school guide, and worthy of a book of its own. The Art of the Law School Transfer guides the rising 2L through the process of transferring, but in far more depth and breadth than you might expect. Beginning with detailed information to help guide you though the thought process behind why you want to transfer and whether or not you should transfer, the book then navigates through the mechanics of putting together a successful transfer application, followed by offering substantial survival and acclimatization advice for you in your new law school. In most other law school guides, the section on transferring is minimal, mechanical, and almost an afterthought, but The Art of the Law School Transfer more than adequately covers the process from start to finish (and beyond) in a meaningful, practical way. Almost every law school web site you visit will have information detailing the transfer process, or, to be more accurate, information detailing the mechanics of the transfer process in terms of due dates, forms, and requirements. Although the transfer process is formalized, it doesn't mean there aren't areas in which you can shine, in which you can present a picture of yourself as a student that stands head and shoulders above everyone else with similarly good grades. And The Art of the Law School Transfer highlights the hidden details of the transfer process, giving your transfer application that little extra something in the high-stakes, ultra-competitive world of the law school transfer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.