2. As sillyboots alluded here, and others too either here or in one of the other recent prospective transfer threads, the bottom line main issue is that you'll probably get viewed as median at the school you transfer to, which might not be as good as top 10% at Hastings, unless it's at YHS or thereabouts. And USC, UCLA, and even Cal are not in that league.
2. if top 10% at hastings = median at the school i transfer to, there is simply no way i would transfer. i've talked to people that have transferred, though, and it doesn't seem like that is true.
Take into account that the NLJ numbers are 35% plus around 5-10% more in clerkships. so its probably higher then that in those charts.
I would guess roughly 25%-35% got Jobs from OCI this last year. Its tough to really know the exact numbers, but I would guess its in that range just from friends and experience in OCI. Mostly LA/Bay area, largely becasue of self selection.
I can say the most about LA firms, Latham, OMM, and GDC take about 3.6 minimum (top 15%ish) , Irell, Quinn, and Munger take 3.7 minimum (top 10% ish) The other Big law firm main offices in LA probably take top 25% to be competitive. Now these numbers are to be competitive or to get a callback, it takes interview skills and all that to get offers.
As far as the eastcoast, I do know several people with big law in NYC. The other cities would take ties, and would be tougher but not impossible.
I think these numbers probably are similar to East coast firms. The highest selective firms would take similar numbers as Irell and Quinn etc. The good thing about NYC is the huge size in classes and a lot less UCLA students want to work in NYC so its much easier to get interviews at OCI.
Median students ( without Law review, diversity, or Patent) likely would have to settle for midsize firms, Gov., PI at best. I'm actually a transfer so I think firms considered me around median, I ended up getting an SA at a firm about 50-60 attorneys and that pays about 80k-85k starting. Not big law pay by any means, but after striking out at OCI it felt pretty good.
That being said I know quite a few 3L's without anything lined up or with unpaid gov jobs.
^Re: Being considered median upon transferring to a place like UCLA (viewtopic.php?f=4&t=138344&hilit=jobs&start=50
Obviously it's probably impossible to generalize too much but the conservative realistic scenario/rule of thumb seems to be that transfers end up near 'median' at new school. I.e., worse off than a top 10-15% Hastings student, when compared to medians at UCLA, USC, maybe Cal, but who knows. What to me would make this more difficult is the point you raised about extra-OCI opportunities. Btw, I think Kings was at least top 10% at IUB when he transferred to UCLA in '10, and he's posted some other great info about his transfer experience, fyi. Good luck.