phoenixsoars wrote:vanwinkle wrote:Transferring has its advantages, but you'll lose that top-of-the-class status, and you'll probably be treated as a middle-of-the-road student at your new school. You may be treated as worse. I know one student who transferred from a T30 to HYS, interviewed with a top firm, and was told bluntly, "We don't interview at your T30 so we don't consider you qualified for our firm." The situation for HYS transfers still seems good overall, but with median or below students at lower T14s struggling to get hired, would you really want to plan on becoming one of them?
Planning on transferring is, in general, a bad idea if it's avoidable. This is conventional wisdom here for a reason.
Excellent advice. I also know a student like the one you refer to, and would advise OP to keep in mind that many top firms have semi-hard quotas for T14 schools, and they will almost always take a kid that's Law Review and has top grades from that school than a transfer, even if that transfer was top 1% at a T30. I've even heard of some firms suggesting they would have called back a transfer if she was still at her old school, but that they can't compare her grades to top students at HYS and have taken as many students as they can from that particular school. So if you're top 1% at a T30, a firm that does not interview at your OCI might still be willing to interview you, just to have a bit of school diversity, but they will probably overlook you if you transfer to a higher ranked school.
And on the other hand, you have stories like mine (and others) - people who are now working at firms (and have clerkships set up) which would have been 100% unobtainable at the original school.