quiver wrote:Yeah I have a few different thoughts about this. First, rayiner is completely correct with most of his post, but it assumes that you're going for COA straight out of school. It seems that at least half of COA judges (probably closer to 60%) are still on plan anyway so that would give you a full year at H to make connections with professors. Obviously not ideal, but not bleak either. If you go for district courts first, almost all of them are still on plan so you would have the full year for those as well. Cost being equal, I'd probably side with rayiner and tell you to stay. But with H being quite a bit cheaper, I think I would lean toward going.
I suppose it depends on what OP means by "quite a bit cheaper." At this level, every $10k of savings = over $100/month in your wallet for the rest of your life so it is a pretty big consideration.
That said, even if OP does alumni clerk, his judge's clerks are still going to see two years of grades on his transcript instead of three, and they're still going to see no LR. And lack of LR is definitely going to change how influential professors perceive him. After transferring, I wouldn't say his situation is bleak, but it's not as good as it would have been had he stayed.
My question is: what's the upside? From top 10%+LR at Cornell targeting NYC, there is exactly one firm where transferring could conceivably help, and that's for WLRK. For clerkships, I think it will outright hurt. Down the line, he'll have that HLS degree, sure, but he won't have been in the trenches with the other HLS 1L's building those relationships. Best case, he gets COA from HLS, but even then it will always say Cornell School of Law 2011 - 2012 on his Linked-In. And any recruiter or partner who is going to treat HLS + COA at Cravath differently than Cornell + LR + COA at Cravath is going to be the kind of person who would take note of that.