I'll try to answer some questions. I've gotten some PMs as well, so hopefully this information will help a bit. My biggest advice, however, is to make sure to crush it this semester. I was in your shoes two years ago, and I understand how distracting this whole process can be. In the meantime (e.g. when I'm procrastinating around finals time, then afterwards before commencement), since TLS has been so helpful for me, I'll try to pay it forward by answering some questions. If you want some really in-depth, substantive poasts about OCI, interviewing, etc., I've written quite a few. Search my poasting history, then ask away. Good luck with the semester, and congrats again to the new admits! (although, to be sure, you've still got a lot of work to do!)
Lawst wrote:So, how was your experience as a transfer? Do you feel like you were treated the same overall as people who went to GW for all three years? How are you finding the job market?
It's been great. But 3L fatigue makes the heart grow weary, and I can't wait to GTFO.
Because GW is so big, there's not much of a "fitting in" issue. I have just as many transfer as non-transfer friends (although, admittedly, my best friends are a few transfer students). As far as transfer stigmas go, I haven't experienced any. In fact, my non-transfer friends couldn't give a fck whether I started with them as a 1L or not.
GW is, for some, overwhelmingly big. So if you come from a small school, get ready to be incredibly aggravated over how cluttered a building, built for 800 students and housing 1500, can feel.
Keep in mind I did OCI back in the fall of 2010. I'm also IP (engineering UG, patent interest...if I say IP, this is what I mean), so OCI was a feast for me (as well as many of my IP transfer friends). IIRC, non-IP'ers, however, did not fare as well. If you've got that IP background, you're most likely going to have an easier time than non-IP'ers. I know a handful of TT/TTT/TTTT'ers who were at the tippy-top of their classes and failed to land a biglaw gig. Many of them (again, in my anecdotal experience), however, did get JAG-type jobs, so overall (again, in my experience) transfers as a whole didn't get slaughtered.
At GW, you'll almost undoubtedly get more OCI exposure (e.g. bidding options) than where you are now. Whether that exposure is of a higher quality than you would've gotten at your transferor school, however, depends upon too many variables and is thus beyond my ability to make an informed opinion.
tl:dr, transfer only if you understand that you might not get anything out of OCI. I really don't have enough information about non-OCI hiring, so I can't weigh-in on that.
Also - 3L OCI was laughable, although I often do get emails from the CDO about job postings (I'm employed, so I just delete).
2transferornot wrote:Hmm unwarranted conclusion? Maybe they are, but how does this prove it didn't help someone else?
The operative qualifier was "on average," which remains a viable possibility and not an unwarranted conclusion. I know others who submitted no LORs as well. Moreover, based upon the vast amount of data out there (too lazy to summarize the 2010 transfer cycle), it appears that 1L GPA is far and above the most important indicator of admittance. But I'm not going to engage in an argument about this, so I digress.