iheartlaw wrote:Am I the only one who doesn't think that transferring is a horrible idea? Like OP, I go to a school at the bottom of the T14, and OCI at my school can be unpredictable. If you are top 5% you are undoubtedly going to get callbacks/offers, but like OP said, it may not be at the firm you want. Wachtell does not interview at my school, but there are several other great firms besides Wachtell that don't interview at my school either. If OP went to HLS, he/she will never wonder what if, and the name of your school will always be with you. I think you should do it if you want OP, also I think you are spot-on with asking recruiting personnel from the firms you want to be a part of, whether it would be advisable to transfer... (I have a feeling they will tell you it won't matter, but if they don't come to your school's OCI, then you should be skeptical of their advice).
Does anyone here know if it matters where your JD is from when the partners consider you as a partner down the road? Do you think it would help by maybe a year or so, if you went to HLS instead of say Cornell? Or it simply based on your performance as an attorney within the firm? (i'm sure a large portion is based on the quality of your work as an attorney with the firm, but I wonder if the school matters??). Even if you don't decide to stick around till partner, if you start your own firm, it can't hurt to have a JD from HLS hanging on the wall when potential clients come in.
Another thought I have, and sorry if it comes across scattered: If you are top of your class at DNCG do you think you would have a better shot at a firm like say.... Sullivan Cromwell staying put, or transferring to HLS (where you may be seen as an inferior candidate because you "transferred" amongst your colleagues)? I know they will see that you were top 5% at DNCG, and that may be good enough in and of itself to get the job even if you transfer, but I can imagine some employers being like hmmm the transfer kid, let's just stick with the ones who were at HLS and did well. Whereas had OP stayed at his/her original school he would have been a top candidate among his colleagues. Thoughts?
Much of this is what I'm thinking. On the one hand, I really do like my school, but on the other, I don't like it enough to blind myself to the potential upside of going to another school. It's a professional school and the reason I'm doing it is to create job opportunities for myself; if one does it better, I feel like I should go there. I think what this thread has done, however, is told me that the value of access to the top schools' OCI and clerkship chances isn't as much as I originally thought. Compared with how much more money it will cost to go there, maybe transferring is the wrong decision.
The "start your own firm" prestige thing has sort of been ringing around in my head, too. But I'd think an extra $100,000 is probably worth more in starting one's own firm! I could see some elitism going on within promotion decisions, but I have to say, anyplace that does that is no place I want to work - in fact it seems borderline illegal under the equal employment opportunity laws.
There are a couple other factors I'm thinking about, too: one might imagine the "classroom environment" or "academic stimulation" is more favorable at some of the top schools. It seems there are a lot of things to consider in transferring - I am willing to deal with some of the necessary evils (moving, finding new friends, forming bonds with new professors) but don't want to pay more if I am not getting more. I'll wait and see what people who have done this say and talk to some firms.