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Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:28 pm
by RJRCALI19
Looking to pick the brain of those in the process of applying, or having successfully entered, as a Berkeley Law transfer student. At the moment, I am waiting for my Spring 2019 grades.

Current Stats:
Fall 2018 - 3.58 GPA
Class Rank - UNK (current school does not post class ranking until after all Spring grades are recorded)
1 Cali Award in Legal Writing (highest score, if it even matters lol)
Local Bay Area Law School (bottom T2/top T3)
Legal Research Assistant gig for former professor
URM + LGBTQIA (though significant research provides conflicting opinions on these factors)

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 3:38 pm
by NYTransfer
Depending on the ranking of your school and the curve, grades below 3.6 could be a long shot based on aba 509 data. Last year's 25 percentile is 3.75.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:55 pm
by ohladcsc
Submitted my app today.

Low-end 3.9 - top 5% after first semester. GPA barely changed this semester, but don't have ranks yet.
T1 school between 40-50 not in CA
No CA ties

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 1:08 am
by BarMe
ohladcsc wrote:Submitted my app today.

Low-end 3.9 - top 5% after first semester. GPA barely changed this semester, but don't have ranks yet.
T1 school between 40-50 not in CA
No CA ties



Congrats. Was lurking the recent posts for Bar prep stuff, but then stumbled on this thread. You should be a shoe-in at Berkley based on their 509 (http://www.abarequireddisclosures.org/D ... re509.aspx); check the data for your target schools and also check whether they took any students from your school during the previous transfer cycle. This isn't a solution or way to determine if you're getting in, but it made me feel a lot better about everything when I saw that my 1L stats were good enough to get into the school's I was targeting. Ultimately transferred to NYU and graduated last week.

Good luck and feel free to PM me with any questions!

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:44 pm
by ohladcsc
BarMe wrote:
ohladcsc wrote:Submitted my app today.

Low-end 3.9 - top 5% after first semester. GPA barely changed this semester, but don't have ranks yet.
T1 school between 40-50 not in CA
No CA ties



Congrats. Was lurking the recent posts for Bar prep stuff, but then stumbled on this thread. You should be a shoe-in at Berkley based on their 509 (http://www.abarequireddisclosures.org/D ... re509.aspx); check the data for your target schools and also check whether they took any students from your school during the previous transfer cycle. This isn't a solution or way to determine if you're getting in, but it made me feel a lot better about everything when I saw that my 1L stats were good enough to get into the school's I was targeting. Ultimately transferred to NYU and graduated last week.

Good luck and feel free to PM me with any questions!


Ah, thank you so much! I don’t think anyone from my school has ever transferred to Berkeley - I’m in the Southeast so I can imagine not many want to make the huge move. So hopefully my school isn’t too much of a blackbox! I’ll PM you.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:33 pm
by transfertransfer21
What do you think my chances of getting in are?
GPA: 3.96
Top 1.5%, Class Rank-#3
School: Lower T1
CA Ties

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:01 am
by janereacher
transfertransfer21 wrote:What do you think my chances of getting in are?
GPA: 3.96
Top 1.5%, Class Rank-#3
School: Lower T1
CA Ties


Do you even really need to ask? Hope you applied to Stanford as well.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 am
by transfertransfer21
janereacher wrote:
transfertransfer21 wrote:What do you think my chances of getting in are?
GPA: 3.96
Top 1.5%, Class Rank-#3
School: Lower T1
CA Ties


Do you even really need to ask? Hope you applied to Stanford as well.


Yes I did and Harvard, I’m so just so nervous to hear because I’m having to give up my spot at other schools I’ve gotten into since Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard take longer to get back to people

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:28 pm
by janereacher
It's certainly stressful since they all take so long to reply! Although with your stats even in the unlikely scenario that you ended up staying at your 1L school, you'd be fine. Looking at it that way has helped me manage the stress. It's very different than being a 0L and not having any sense of what your law school grades will be like when you are making your choice.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:21 pm
by transfertransfer21
janereacher wrote:It's certainly stressful since they all take so long to reply! Although with your stats even in the unlikely scenario that you ended up staying at your 1L school, you'd be fine. Looking at it that way has helped me manage the stress. It's very different than being a 0L and not having any sense of what your law school grades will be like when you are making your choice.


Yes that’s a good way to look at it and there’s no way change their decision timelines. It’s just hard because Harvard and Stanford have OCI/start fall classes so much later than other schools so they can wait longer to tell people. If only it was more standardized like with undergrad :/

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:28 am
by endgame1502
My status checker says "in review as of 6/5" but I forget if that was a change, or if it was already like that when I first got the link. it's the 16th now...

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:43 am
by transfertransfer21
endgame1502 wrote:My status checker says "in review as of 6/5" but I forget if that was a change, or if it was already like that when I first got the link. it's the 16th now...


I emailed and asked when they would release decisions and they said June 24-July 3

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:35 pm
by NYTransfer
Called admissions last week and was told that the first batch of decisions would likely come out today (6/24).
Applied on 6/15; In review as of 6/19

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:00 pm
by JacksonArbor
Any updates yesterday or today?

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:37 pm
by NYTransfer
Nothing... status checker still shows in review

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:42 pm
by transfertransfer21
Just checked my status checker and I was admitted! I haven’t received an email yet though so they must be behind on that.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:33 pm
by happysun
transfertransfer21 wrote:Just checked my status checker and I was admitted! I haven’t received an email yet though so they must be behind on that.


Congrats!!!

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:54 pm
by transfertransfer21
happysun wrote:
transfertransfer21 wrote:Just checked my status checker and I was admitted! I haven’t received an email yet though so they must be behind on that.


Congrats!!!


Thank you!! Wishing you good luck as well :)

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:51 pm
by swimgirl2437
Accepted today via email

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:23 am
by endgame1502
Accepted. For posterity -- CA T2 (60-100), high 3.9x, Top 2-3%.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:04 pm
by BengaliBoy
Admitted. Does anyone have a plan of how to deal with needing to respond by July 11, when there are other schools that will likely not have made a decision yet?

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:25 pm
by Toplaw2021
NYTransfer wrote:Depending on the ranking of your school and the curve, grades below 3.6 could be a long shot based on aba 509 data. Last year's 25 percentile is 3.75.


Have you heard anything, NYTransfer? I am still waiting (under review 6/5 with stats which match their profile and CA ties). I'd like to know if there are others out there still awaiting a decision. Thanks!

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:17 pm
by ohgoeun
I’m still waiting - In review as of 6/19

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:43 pm
by Toplaw2021
ohgoeun wrote:I’m still waiting - In review as of 6/19


Thanks for your reply. It is good to know there is someone else out there. Best wishes for your good news soon.

Re: Berkeley 2021 Potential Transfers?

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:58 pm
by NYTransfer
Toplaw -- same here stuck in review... Not sure if I'll attend even if they admit me at this point