OldManHunger wrote:This doesn't mean there's absolutely no reason not to transfer in certain situations, like maybe location (Stanford vs. Duke for California?), but it's generally and generically a bad idea.
Agreed. I'd also like to add that people saying things like it might be better for SCOTUS are still missing the mark: just because school A sends more than school B doesn't mean any random transfer is going to ever get a seat at that table. The same largely holds for academia. The pipeline for these things begins with, and is heavily dependent on, what happens the first year in law school. They're not going to stamp "not-SCOTUS-certified" on you when you pack your bags and move to cambridge, but you're just not going to increase your odds, which are so heavily dependent on extraordinary personal characteristics and connections for things like professorships or high court clerkships.