megaTTTron wrote:I have felt better about few things in my life than logging into the accepted students page.
Also, according to the OCS FAQ sheet, Chicago doesn't rank it's students, nor does the OCI program allow firms to screen or select candidates.
TToN, this is a good thing for transfers? (although they will, of course, know that we are transfers)
The nightmare that was my OCI is pretty well-known around the boards; you can probably find my old posts about it if you want. Suffice it to say, I got 2 callbacks, 1 offer--after being on the wait list for 6 weeks. However, the firm I got an offer with was one of my absolute top choices--they wouldn't have given me an interview had I not transfered.
Other transfer students did much, much better. Some did worse slightly worse. We all have jobs at this point, the vast majority has something in biglaw. I don't think Chicago's lack of ranking helps or hurts transfers--I just think that my trasfer class got particularly nailed by the dropoff in hiring.
FWIW, they may not rank students, but the way the grading scale works here makes your rank obvious. 177 is median, 179 is top 20% or so, because ~19% of the class graduates with honors. 180.5 is ~5%, though this number fluctuates. If you have 182 or higher, you're almost certainly at the top of the class (and you won't stay there for long, if my experience is any indication).
IMO, the fact that firms can't screen hurts everyone--not just transfers. Firms are going to have cutoff points, whether they're allowed to screen or not. Then again, there is the counterexample--one of the transfers is working at Kirkland; I imagine Kirkland may have screened him out on the first go-around.
Long story short: I don't think it's possible for me to give a good idea about OCI; OCI is normally good for transfers. It wasn't last year. Who knows what will happen with it this year--just prepare as well as you can.