csfm94102 wrote:Ok, so I'm not going to post the email because I'd like to maintain anonymity, but here's are the main points, which might give away my school in the end regardless:
1. It wont actually get me a better job - I'm sure this is a somewhat mixed bag. Yes, I'll probably do decently at OCIs at my current school, but I think I'll have access to firms that just plain do not interview at my school at Berkeley.
2. I'll lose my friends, wont be able to stay in touch with them, and will not experience the close knit ties essential to success in the legal profession.
3. I might not be eligible for law review membership. My understanding is that Berkeley does allow transfers to participate in the write on, although of course it is competitive.
4. The money thing. I'd probably be giving up what would be a close to full ride.
5. Losing my 1L GPA and therefore probably struggling to graduate with honors, which I almost certainly would at my current school. Not to mention the likelihood that my ranking would drop anyways with the whole big fish/small pond, small fish/ocean thing.
Ok, so saying it would 'ruing my life' is a BIT overdramatic, but it was a pretty negative email.
For some context: I am at a bay area, low T2 school so I do think it's worth it to transfer but it's a big decision and I don't want to make it too quickly.
Sounds like a typical cookie-cutter response. The school is going to look out for its best interest, and since you're one of their top students, it's in their best interest to get you to stay. Don't let them make you feel bad for looking out for your best interest, and don't let it cloud your judgment.
Also, keep in mind that most of what the school is highlighting in their email are short-term impacts. Okay, so you may do well at your current school's OCI, but what happens after your first job. You will most likely get preferential treatment coming from a school like Berkeley when you start looking at exit options and at every step in your career. I don't know which thread I saw this in, but someone's Fed agency boss made a comment to them along the lines of "from my school (T3/T4) I had to call recruiters if I wanted to lateral, from your school you'll have recruiters calling you." Having the Berkeley brand and alumni network behind you for the rest of your career is a factor that weighs heavily in favor of transferring.