2011 Transfer OCI

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2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:27 pm

I thought it would be helpful for future generations of transfers near and far to see how this year's crop of transfers fared at OCI. Given how big of a black box the whole thing is, it might be nice for the next crop to see what they may or may not be getting themselves into.

Mods: might this one day be a candidate for stickiness? I think it belongs here and not in the transfer forum.

Who wants to get the ball rolling?

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:35 pm

Sure I'll jump right on in.

T2 in CA, top 10%, significant WE, transferred to UCLA/USC.

Approximately 18 OCI screeners a little over a week ago, targeting both the traditional "top" firms as well as some of the less-selective but still "BigLaw" firms

Current rate of success: 2 CB, 5 dings, the remainder are silent.

I'll update when I get more info (all CBs, hopefully???? ha).

On a side note, it seems as though other transfers at my school are in similar limbo land as of right now. Not many CBs, not many dings, and a lot of "hey did my phone just ring? Oh, jk"

Finally, it's definitely worth noting that no matter what happens with OCI, according to all the screening interviews as well as some colleagues from my WE pre-law school, my job prospects out of the transferred-into schools greatly outweigh my job prospects at the school I left. It might not yield immediate returns, but no one has had a single negative thing to say about leaving and everyone has said it was an intelligent career move.

EDIT: Updated stats
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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:37 pm

OP here, thanks for Kenny Lofton-ing (leading off).

Agree with you 1,000%, have no second thoughts about transferring, it was the right thing to do.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:39 pm

I'm happy to share where I am at this point, and I will update as I go along. I am a CCN transfer from a T25 school. I was scheduled for 28 OCI interviews, of which I have been through 9 thus far. I haven't heard anything back yet from any firms, but these interviews were quite recent.

As far as mass-mailing results, I sent out about 60 applications. These turned into 10 interviews, some screening and some callback-style. In addition, 2 screening interviews resulted in callbacks, and one callback-style interview resulted in an offer.

Again, I will update as OCI goes along with regard to callbacks/rejections

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:34 pm

T30 10% to DCNG. Went from undergrad straight to law school, so no significant WE.

I've had 14 screeners so far, beginning 1 week ago. Similar to a poster above they have been with some more selective firms and some that are more mid-markets (but still considered BigLaw). No CBs so far, 1 ding. I have 4 more OCI interviews to go, plus 2 more I have gotten through mass mail/resume collects. It's been pretty silent as far as mass mailing goes, only 2 dings.

Another student from my T30 transferred to the same school as me and from what he has told me he has had similar results. I'm definitely starting to worry, as several of the firms I interviewed with have sent out at least some CBs to students at my school.

Can't help but start to think I may have made a bad decision to transfer, but we will see. Just have to keep a positive attitude I guess.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby traehekat » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:48 pm

bump. any updates?

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:06 pm

I transferred from a T50 to a T5, and I'm very happy with my OCI results so far. I've gotten 13 callbacks, one v10, four more v25. Very glad I transferred.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:22 pm

I guess I'll be the first one to post (a) negative results; and (b) regrets about transferring.

So far, out of 26 OCI screening interviews, I've had 14 dings, with the rest silent and likely future dings. I transferred from a T1 to a much higher T1 (USC/UCLA/UT) near my home market. Top 8% at my old school, and I wrote onto LR. The interviews have been with a range of firms, from the selective to the not so selective.

People at my old school seemed to have done quite well at OCI, which is a departure from some pretty poor results in past years.

I don't consider myself a poor interviewer, but perhaps my sense of what is a "good interview" needs some serious recalibration. In any case, transferring at least thus far has looked to be a bad move. That said, I know other transfer students with multiple callbacks, so perhaps I just suck. One other possibility is that with so many transfers interviewing at OCI, interviewers could only consider bringing back some number of transfers, and I never made the cut.

Once I have all my results, I'll be a little more specific as to my circumstances for future law students.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:12 pm

MVPB transfer here, very happy with my cycle so far - 5 CBs out of about 15 screeners, with another 12-14 screeners still to go. Almost every other transfer I know has several CBs already, including several V5 major market CBs, and numerous V50s.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:15 pm

CCN transfer here. 5 CBs out of 17 screeners and no rejections yet. 12 more screeners left.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:17 pm

CCN transfer. 1 CB from 15 screeners. The 1 CB is a firm that came to my old school in a secondary market in which I have ties (so I likely would have gotten facetime with them anyway). Incredibly disappointed thus far and anxious to see whether I'm just being impatient or whether my fears are validated.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:25 pm

T-30 to MVP. Having a lovely time at OCI so far. 10 Screeners. 11 to go. No CBs. No dings. Nothing.

I'm really just hoping that secondary markets take a bit longer than the usual NY/DC 24-72 hour turnaround time...

Still cautiously optimistic though. Trying to remember that it would be much much worse if I had stayed where I was...

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:40 pm

T50 to T14 transfer. Secondary journal at new school. 5+ years WE. 10 screeners, 3 CBs, 1 ding, 6 ???

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:41 pm

Anonymous User wrote:T50 to T14 transfer. Secondary journal at new school. 5+ years WE. 10 screeners, 3 CBs, 1 ding, 6 ???


What T14 only got you 10 screeners?!

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:11 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Incredibly disappointed thus far and anxious to see whether I'm just being impatient or whether my fears are validated.


Same here. CCN transfer. 25 screeners, 3 CBs, 3 rejections, the rest silent right now.

update: 2 more rejections
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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:31 pm

T50 to USC/UCLA transfer; Top 5% at old school; significant we
I had 19 screeners, 9 CBs, 1 ding... Rest silence. No regrets about transferring.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:33 pm

When did everyone start OCI? Did anyone focus on secondary markets instead of DC/NYC/CHI/Cali?

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:45 pm

Anonymous User wrote:T50 to USC/UCLA transfer; Top 5% at old school; significant we
I had 19 screeners, 9 CBs, 1 ding... Rest silence. No regrets about transferring.

Similar stats, dissimilar results

20+ screeners, 0 CBs, bevy of dings.

I think the WE is a huge plus, at least from anecdotal accounts from other transfers

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:18 pm

T2 --> CCN.

Already had 17/30 pre-screens.
6 CBs. (V10, 2 V20s, 2 V50s)
Zero dings.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:T2 --> CCN.

Already had 17/30 pre-screens.
6 CBs. (V10, 2 V20s, 2 V50s)
Zero dings.


Also, no WE.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:T30 10% to DCNG. Went from undergrad straight to law school, so no significant WE.

I've had 14 screeners so far, beginning 1 week ago. Similar to a poster above they have been with some more selective firms and some that are more mid-markets (but still considered BigLaw). No CBs so far, 1 ding. I have 4 more OCI interviews to go, plus 2 more I have gotten through mass mail/resume collects. It's been pretty silent as far as mass mailing goes, only 2 dings.

Another student from my T30 transferred to the same school as me and from what he has told me he has had similar results. I'm definitely starting to worry, as several of the firms I interviewed with have sent out at least some CBs to students at my school.

Can't help but start to think I may have made a bad decision to transfer, but we will see. Just have to keep a positive attitude I guess.


Update: Dinged from another 3 firms I interviewed with at OCI. Another ding from mass mailing. Managed to get 1 CB.

Total: 17 Screeners, 5 Dings, 1 Callback, 11 Pending

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:55 pm

Lower T14 with LR to HYS. Interviewed at 30, 16 cbs so far, anticipate at least one or two more. Mix of firms, but generally very happy. Did better than just about anyone at my old school, though we will see what materializes into offers.

ETA: Two dings. But most other firms have done all their offers, so effectively dinged from 6 or 7. Waiting to hear from the rest.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:13 pm

T2 to T10 transfer

14 screeners (~12 to go), 4 callbacks (anticipating a couple more), 0 dings.

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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:16 pm

T2 to MVPB transfer.

27 screeners. 12 CBs, 1 ding, (but expecting more dings). 1 V10, 1 V50, 2 V100 CB. 7 CBs which are NLJ 250, but non-vault in a secondary market I have ties to. 1 is more of a mid-law firm.

Edited to update w/ current stats.
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Re: 2011 Transfer OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:57 pm

OCI starts tomorrow, but I had a firm that I didn't get through the lottery reach out to me and add me into their schedule (totally unprompted except that I bid on them). This is a firm that doesn't interview at my old school, too. Now, I may still bomb OCI, but at least it makes me feel a little better about some of the transfer-hate and concerns in the other thread.




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