Grades were in the region of top 5% (bit higher than an A- average). Working for a firm next year, then clerking at least one year after that (maybe two). Transferred mainly because I became interested in academia and figured I'd send out an application. Ended up getting more money, plus a much cheaper city, so money was a driving factor (alongside other typical factors).
Do you already have your first clerkship lined up? If so, are you happy with how your clerkship cycle went? Any tips (specifically for transfers) about going through the clerkship process?
Out of curiosity, how much different are the students between NYU and YLS (could be personality, tougher curve, anything really)?
Yes, I've got district court lined up and am about to apply for appellate. I think my clerkship cycle went pretty well, but I stuck to NYC/DC, which are very competitive to get right out of law school, so that skewed my results. Friends that applied more broadly and to less competitive districts had much better results.
I think the YLS students are quite a bit more formal than NYU, but overall we're all law students and there's not a huge difference in personality. I can't really tell on curve because there are only really two grades at YLS - H and P. My impression is H probably maps onto the A and A-s at NYU (i.e., around top 30%), but it varies by professor.