Re: OCI Placement
I believe there were approximately twenty three transfers in the 2010 class of which I'm fairly close to about fifteen -- to my knowledge, almost everyone landed a paying firm job this summer. I ended up with a V-50 firm.
Re: Employer's Perspective of Transferring
It really is a mixed bag. I found that some employers looked at my transfer status favorably; while, on the other hand, some employers immediately withdrew me from consideration. I think it really depends on the school where you transfer from, though. I transferred from a TTT so I expected this reaction from some of the creme de la creme vault firms. So, my advice is to go into every interview with the same attitude and really diversify your bidding strategy.
Re: OCI Process
The process was absolutely overwhelming. The first hurdle is bidding. I felt like I was out of the loop because, coming from a TTT, the whole process of OCI -- to the extent of Michigan's -- was not on my radar screen. I had never heard of any of the firms before and had to come up with a strategy very quickly. When OCI actually arrives, it was very chaotic. I just moved to Ann Arbor, signed a lease, researched what classes to register for, and then had to research firms, print resumes, mass-mail (I elected to do this before OCI), et cetera. Although every law student has to do these things, I felt that the stress of the whole process was magnified because of having to uproot my life in the matter of days. The most important suggestion I would have is to try and meet the other transfers before OCI starts. It will probably be before the semester begins. I found it very helpful to have a group of friends to hang out with during OCI. It lasts for three to four days and, when you are not interviewing, you have to sit in the middle of a large conference room with all of the other second-year students. It certainly made my experience a lot less stressful having a group of people I knew when waiting for interviews to begin.
Re: NY Firms
I bid and interviewed with quite a few NY firms. I would say that almost all of the one's that you could possibly be interested in will be at Michigan's OCI.