ToTransferOrNot wrote:As a note: The early decision transfer is binding at Chicago; however, they reserve the right to revoke an offer if you don't maintain "consistent performance". I don't think anyone got nailed with that, this year (and this was the first year Chicago did ED for transfers,) but it was still incredibly stressful.
What that means: You'll have to withdraw from GULC EA before you have a 100% certainty of UChicago. You'll have to pay the first deposit on the EA seat, though; it is due before Chicago gets decisions out.
Honestly, Chicago ED isn't a good choice for *most* people, because people who can get in to Chicago via ED probably have at least a chance at Harvard. I am happy that I did it, but I am really bound to the Midwest--while I would have gone to Harvard if I had gotten in, I was always going to end up back in Chicago. The Chicago ED gave me more planning time, and made my life enjoyable for the summer, though I walked away from a good shot at Harvard in the process.
The extra planning time allowed me to 1.) Not bother with my original school's LR write-on; 2.) Devote significant time to Chicago's LR write-on (which you have to do with the everyone else.) If not for the ED Chicago admit, I would have had to do at least four LR write-ons this summer (Wisconsin (I hadn't made up my mind re: whether transferring to GULC was worth it,) GULC, Harvard, Chicago.)
If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask.
Personally, I would opt against ED at Chicago. Just the mere fact that the ED is binding on you and NOT on UChi is a good reason right there since you have a good chance at HYS if you do well your 2nd semester and if you don't UChi will yank their acceptance anyways. The other big factor is that you end up with a lot nicer of a safety net by transferring to HYS, as oppose to UChi, in the event that the economy stays shitty because at HY (not sure what Stanford does-- but I think it's similar to HY) you have LRAP to fall back on even if your strike out at OCI. E.g. Yale LRAP covers 100% of your tuition costs if you can't find a job that pays over $60K, and you only make something like a 25% contribution for anything above that. Harvard has something similar (I think they call it is the Loan repayment protection plan). Both LRAP programs cover not only PI, but also private firm work (actually Yale might even cover non-legal work-- I know some school does). Chicago, on the other hand, you are pretty much boned if you strike out at OCI as a transfer because UChi's LRAP covers a whole $10K /year w/ some kind of a cap and only cover PI work (which is becoming harder to find). Also, UChi is located in the hyde park, and IMO a pretty crappy school to be at for your last couple years because 1) the location sucks, 2) a lot of the people that go there are fucking weird (but obviously that's my personal take on it and people are going to disagree with that).