ToTransferOrNot wrote:Don't have time to read the entire thread, my appologies, but some thoughts:
It is clear that the school you transferred in from matters, a lot, in the transfer process. If, for example, OP's "T10" is Northwestern, and his T3 is John Marshall, and he focused on the Chicago market, the firms at OCI saw JOHN MARSHALL and laughed. It sucks, it's incredibly unfair, but it's reality.
That said, I went Wisconsin->Chicago, and still only ended up with one offer at OCI. My original school and my new school are both respected in the only market I targetted, too--transfers just didn't do well, this year..
Not working 1L summer is suicide for anyone. No offense op, but your decision to take classes was foolish. There is a lot of information out there about how bad that is. You should have RAed, at least.
However, even at Chicago, a few transfers ended up empty-handed, and a few ended up with jobs they would have gotten from their original school. You need to keep in mind--especially going from a T3 to a T10, the name of your school doesn't stop mattering after 2L OCI, or even after you have a job or two under your belt (and you will get something, particularly because your new grades are so good).
In all, law school is a gamble. You're making it sound like the 50/50 odds transfer students faced at your new school are particularly bad: keep in mind, those odds are about the same as the "natives" had, this year. The chances that you would have gotten anything out of your T3, given that you struck out at the new school, are fairly low, unless you would have interviewed with completely different firms and so on had you not transferred.
All in all, I would say that transferring, when you can make a good jump (T25-->GULC probably not worth it, T1-->T6/10 a little harder decision but probably worth it, T3-->T10 is a no brainer), is worth it. Not working 1L summer is foolish for anyone. Not attempting to get on to at least a secondary journal at the new school is foolish.
Hmm. While I don't disagree with anything you said, would your opinion on the transferring process be the same had you not gotten that 1 offer? ... I knew you posted something about this before so I did a search of your username and came up with this:
ToTransferOrNot wrote:I completely struck out at firms that did OCI at my original school as well as my new school. I also struck out with my mailings to firms that do OCI at my original school but not my new school, presumably because they don't buy my pitch that I wouldn't mind going back to their market. I can't blame them too much--they're right--but I would sure as hell rather go back to that market as opposed to the jobless shitstorm that I've put myself in to now.
Transferring: Absolutely the worst decision of my life. T40, top 1% to a T6, wrote on to a freaking secondary journal at the T6 even, tripple the debt, two goddamned callbacks. If one of the callbacks works out, great, but at this point, I am surveying several of the higher bridges in the area.
ToTransferOrNot wrote:I'm not the world's best interviewer, but I'm not awful, either.
PK--that is assuming things ever turn up for the CO 2011. It is quite possible that if things improve in the biglaw hiring market, it will be too late to help the CO 2011; we'll just end up as a discarded class. Obviously, I'm going to be doing everything I can to get a clerkship--that was already my plan, and now it is even more important since I'm going to need to reset the hiring clock.
If transferring loses me even one year of working at biglaw, I'm looking at a $260,000 mistake (~$120k salary(assuming I get some kind of job after graduation), 120k extra debt, $24k from the 2L summer) --and that ISN'T including interest on the extra loans. Hell, even if it just loses me one summer, transferring will have cost me $150,000, again, without interest on the extra loan money. I'm having a very, very difficult time seeing the "silver lining" that people keep preaching, particularly because I honestly don't believe that the biglaw market is going to recover quickly enough to ever correct for the CO 2011.
I'm going to have a much fancier piece of paper that is going to increase my debt by three times, for *inferior* job prospects, at least in the short term. We all know that the short term largely dominates the long term in this process.