mantra wrote:Has anyone heard any stories of people visiting a campus, speaking with admissions, and getting in?
I did this for GULC/GW after exams were over/beginning of the summer. I didn't get a chance to visit Penn, Mich, or Duke, so I can't speak to those schools.
GULC wouldn't give me a tour, but rather told me to do a "self-tour." When I asked if I could speak with someone from admissions, some undergrad-looking lady came out (wouldn't talk to me in her office, rather, would only talk to me in a hallway near the admissions office) and wouldn't answer anything but stock questions about the school, etc... It was by FAR the most unhelpful experience EVER, and I was really put-off by the whole ordeal.
When I visited GW, however, I was invited-in for an interview/personal tour with one of those assistant admissions people. I mean, I doubt either visit made any difference in my candidacy either way, but it was a nice touch to be treated like a person. Plus, GW CDO staff were basically my secretaries in helping to get things together for OCI. Of the 7 transfers that I know, each has a jerb (4 = biglaw and 3= gubmint). I'm not sure about transfers at GULC, however. I'd be wary of the lottery system, as it could cut both in favor/against the candidacy of a transfer. To be sure, the preselect system has similar pros/cons, but you can't screw yourself by ranking your bids ineffectively.
To the deferees: don't sweat it, and grind away at finals. Some of you will end up at schools MUCH better than GULC, some will end up at schools in the T20 tier, and some will stay.
To the acceptees: congrats...but don't get complacent and let those grades slip...you've still got to go through OCI, wherever you end up next year.
To everybody: after finals, shoot all of your other transfer apps out. After apps, polish your cover letter/resume and do your mail campaign. After that, make your school decision in time to do OCI (wherever that may be). I'd imagine the reason that many of you are making the switch is for better jerb access, so you'll want to be mindful of OCI bidding deadlines, as schools will continue to accept transfers AFTER their OCI bidding deadlines are over. Don't get caught with your pants down.
Okay, enough for me, I need to get back to studying for my last final.