Badger3920 wrote:Yes, "a man can dream." But, that doesn't mean that his dream withstands the test of logic/reason
I'm at CLS currently, as a transfer. The school is fantastic, but so are MVP. Personally, I think you should be focusing a bit more long term - like jobs, and all of your short term thinking should be dedicated to getting incredible grades. By the time you transfer here, you're only going to get 2 more years of an experience at CLS (unless you do an LLM or some other degree). After that are decades of work. With a top 10% at MVP, you're going to have opened doors at most any firm (especially if you made the flagship journal). You're also giving up a shot a coif at one of those schools. Coif at MVP is WELL beyond "respectable."
There are lots of considerations, but in the end, I'd simply advise you to weigh your options carefully. Giving up a top rank at a top school just for an ego boost or a prestige thing might not even satisfy the "penny wise" part of "penny wise, pound foolish." Many employers may see it the same way, and the last thing you want is to spend every interview at OCI (we call it EIP) explaining why you transferred to an interviewer that looks puzzled.
Best of luck in your 1st year.
This is very good advice. You need to think very very carefully as to whether it would be a good move for you. I realize you may really have loved that school and wanted to go there, but I am a transfer into MVP (from a school where it made total obvious sense to transfer into MVP) and STILL get ask in EVERY interview/call-back, "so why did you transfer?" The thing is, it is obvious why I transferred, very low ranked school in an undesirable market to MVP. Yet despite this I still have to come up with a good reason to move, outside of "because I wanted to interview with you." If you have the grades to go up to CLS, I really advise career prospect wise that you stay put because you will have the chance with all of the same firms. No offense - but it can really make or break a transfer student's screening interview with the answer to why did you transfer, and if the best answer you have is because I liked that school for a long time I am not sure that is going to get you anywhere. Plus I can tell you as a transfer, it sucks to take a back seat to all the other students and have to start over from square one - don't underestimate the impact of making faculty relationships and then leaving, making friends and leaving, etc. The transfer process sucks, I would not make a different decision for me, but then again I wasn't going from MVP up. Just my two cents, either way good luck to you.