Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

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Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

Postby to_transfer_or_not » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:32 pm

Can any of the HYS transfers on the board speak to how the clerkship process worked out for you.

It seems like a lot of the "off plan" hiring is heavily skewed toward HYS, but it's not clear whether those students who are able to land those clerkships had already established themselves as recommended candidates by the end of their 1L year or not. Do transfers have a shot at any of those positions based on their 2L fall semester?

What about more typical plan hiring, did anyone feel like they got better or worse results than they would have expected? (I know its a hard process to gauge)

This seems like the biggest potential (tangible) advantage that one might get with a T14 -> HYS transfer, so it seemed important to try to get as much info as possible.


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Re: Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

Postby dixon02 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:35 pm

Curious about this as well. From what little I have found on the subject, I know one big detriment is that it is much harder to get solid LORs since you are leaving behind the professors with whom you had relationships and don't have a ton of time to build new ones at your new school. Definitely curious to see if there are any HYS transfers on here willing to comment.

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Re: Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

Postby concurrent fork » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:32 pm

I didn't apply, but at HLS I think only a few transfers landed Art III clerkships. I'm sure there were others like me that didn't apply, but still the results seem pretty brutal. I heard that at least some of the problem was due to more judges going off plan and a lack of communication to transfers about when they needed to apply, so this year's results may have been atypical.

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Re: Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

Postby tww909 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:49 am

2 of the 12ish now-3L transfers at SLS are clerking next year. one is LR/e-board/all around baller, one has top grades and impressed a faculty member who makes it rain. both are doing COA. i don't know most of the other transfers so i can't comment on their process and where/if they applied.

i feel like (as a 2L transfer now at SLS) the greatest challenge is knowing the faculty members who matter from the beginning and making the connections necessary. i don't regret my move at all, but i fully expect my application process to be a serious challenge.

EDIT: i am not sure if either applied off plan, though i believe both judges they are working for hire off plan.


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Re: Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

Postby to_transfer_or_not » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:32 pm

Thanks for the responses. This really makes me question the value of transferring if I make LR. I think I have a shot at all of the firms I am interested in from my current school, so short term job prospects are not particularly relevant.


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Re: Clerkships and transfers- T14 to HYS

Postby ToTransferOrNot » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:34 pm

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