Anonymous User wrote:Hello itbdvorm. I want to start off by thanking you for what you've done here. I hope one day I can follow in your foot steps and give back to this community in the same way you have.
My question is regarding transferring.
I am currently top 3 at a T3 in NY and was admitted to CLS as a transfer student. If I want NYC BigLaw for 4-5 years, is it worth transferring to Columbia to attain that goal? COA at CLS would be about 200k, while my current school would be about 30k (I have a full scholarship, so just living expenses). I currently have a v10 callback (faculty connection), and a screener interview at a v50 from mass mailing, and I anticipate (praying/crossing fingers) OCI will lead to at least a few more interviews with NYC BigLaw.
Assuming I don't have any fancy career aspirations, and all I want is to make some money in NYC BigLaw so that I can one day go join a family business while trying to start my own firm, would you transfer? Does transferring give me a better chance at landing NYC BigLaw, and if so, is that change in opportunity worth the debt I would be placing myself in?
One final note. If I strike out at my current school and don't land NYC BigLaw, I will be very upset, and I think I will regret not attending Columbia.
Again, thank you. I think I speak for everyone on TLS when I say, we really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to help a bunch of kids who just really want to be like you one day.
So for what it's worth...
I think you will be better off NOT transferring
If you are Top 3 at your school, your school will be vouching for you, pushing for you, etc. At Columbia, you will be competing against all Columbia kids PLUS all transfers. We don't like taking a ton of transfers, so they get a slightly higher scrutiny for on-campus recruiting vs. the kids we meet.
I've said this numerous times historically - I don't think transfers do much more than (somewhat) fix the part of you that feels insecure about where you went to school.