UF Law students write law school transfer book
As first-year law students at Florida A&M Law School, Seth Haimovitch and friend Andrew Carrabis were looking to transfer to a higher-ranked school. As Haimovitch did before applying to law school, he looked for a book for guidance on transferring.
“I wanted to read a book, so I typed into Yahoo ‘law school transfer books,’ and nothing came up. I said, ‘Wow.’”
So Haimovitch, now a 3L at UF Law, decided to write the first one. He teamed up with Carrabis, also a UF 3L, to write The Art of the Law School Transfer, which is set to publish Oct. 15.
Haimovitch and Carrabis found very little information anywhere about transferring law schools for many reasons.
“Schools don’t want to lose their best students so they’re not going to give advice on how you can leave their school,” Haimovitch said. “Especially if you’re transferring from a tier four school, no one is really transferring into a tier four school, so you have no one at the school to talk to about how to do this. There was no medium to act as a big brother.”
Both Haimovitch and Carrabis went to Florida A&M with the intent to graduate from another school. Carrabis had done a lot of online research about transferring and knew plenty about the process. After Haimovitch received high marks in his first semester, Carrabis started to talk to Haimovitch more about their transfer plans.
“I went into law school at Florida A&M knowing that I wanted to transfer out and I think Seth had the same idea,” Carrabis said. “The only difference between me and him was I was more into the online searches and knowing which schools did the early transfers.”
Haimovitch also planned to end up at UF Law even after being rejected twice. At UF, Haimovitch was a student senator and graduated with honors with a master’s degree. His LSAT score was the only thing holding him back, he said.
Both Haimovitch and Carrabis played NCAA sports in college. Haimovitch was a member of the UF basketball team from 2001-2004 while Carrabis played NCAA baseball.
Although Haimovitch was planning on transferring to UF Law because of his Gator background, he didn’t know much about the process.
“When I went to FAMU, trying to get back to UF was the plan. I didn’t know how competitive everything was, though,” Haimovitch said.
For the book, Haimovitch and Carrabis spoke to admissions deans of many law schools and got transfer statistics for many schools. The book also contains advice about writing a transfer statement and the overall process of transferring.
“It’s answering a lot of those questions, plus our own experiences,” Haimovitch said. “We didn’t want to make something philosophical and act like we’re academics writing a text book. We kind of just wanted to guide people through the process.”