eastcoast_iub wrote:RMStratosphere, Do you know the class rank of the person who xferred to Columbia?
I got a 3.73, which is top 5% based on last 2 years' numbers. Thinking of applying to Columbia, NYU, Penn, UVA, and Harvard (long shot).
What are my chances? And are all of these schools worth xferring to and leaving 40k on the table?
Goal is DC BigLaw...
I don't know off-hand, but I do know that he is on TLS. I'll take a look around for his handle (I don't remember it) and send you a PM. At any rate, congratulations on the great start.
Your transfer chances are obviously dependent on your second semester performance. As has been said many time, second semester is challenging in different ways but you'll have to maintain or improve your grades to stay competitive. That disclaimer being said, I'd evaluate your chances, assuming that you are in the top 5% after second semester, as...
Harvard: Not accepted unless you are top 1%. If you do get accepted here you have a real decision on your hands. It will come down to your risk tolerance, desired career path, and access to capital.
UVA: Not accepted, but I wouldn't counsel leaving IU's money for UVA anyway. The DC market is intensely competitive (some say the most competitive market) and UVA students aren't doing tremendously well there as it is.
Penn: Probably accepted.
NYU: Maybe accepted, but again, I wouldn't suggest transferring to NYU instead of keeping your GPA and $ at IU.
Columbia: Maybe accepted. I think transferring to Columbia and leaving $40k/yr on the table can make sense in a lot of situations depending on your goals.
If you're set on DC Biglaw from IU your only two viable options are Jones Day and Arnold & Porter. IU has a strong relationship with both firm (JD's DC office). I would suggest you start talking with Dean Keller and the folks in OCPD about your goals in the near term.
Thanks for the detailed answer. What are you basing your answers for each of the above schools on? Anecdotal evidence or something more?
Also, as far as big law, DC is preferable, but I am open to Philly, DC, or New York. Given my flexibility, would you say it would be worth it transferring to NYU, Columbia, or Penn?
Financially, I don't have any undergrad debt and I saved some $$ up before school, so am not in as bad a position as most. To me, it would seem that the greatly increased probability of BigLaw from any of the above schools (even Virginia - from looking at their career placement stats on the school's site, they seem to do very well, at least from Class of 2010 stats) would make the debt load worth it.
All that being said, I know it's all hypothetical and contingent on my second semester grades. But even giving myself some leeway, and saying for the sake of argument that I fell to 10th percentile, wouldn't I at least have a decent chance at Penn or one of the NY schools, given the relatively large number of xfers that the latter accept?