Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

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Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 12, 2013 6:45 pm

I'm transferring next year without a doubt. It's just a question of where - I'm already in at GULC and will be applying to other T14s. Any point in doing the write on at my school?

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Danger Zone » Sun May 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Without a doubt? As in even if you made LR and the school offered a full tuition scholarship, you would leave?

Regardless, you can put that you wrote on to LR on your resume even if you end up transferring. Don't be lazy.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 12, 2013 7:08 pm

My school doesn't negotiate, and the jump is enough that even losing LR it's still worth it to transfer. But you're right - I could at least put it on resume. I'm just trying to save myself the trouble of having to do multiple write ons - my school, GULC, other schools I'm applying to that make transfers do write on before being accepted. It's a real pain to think about it. But you're right.

Follow up question, then: should I try out for the secondary journals at my school? Some have separate write ons.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Danger Zone » Sun May 12, 2013 7:11 pm

I know I just said don't be lazy, but that sounds like too much work. I'd skip the secondary at your current school if it's a separate competition.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 12, 2013 7:13 pm

License to be semi-lazy. Thanks.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Danger Zone » Sun May 12, 2013 7:17 pm

Oh, disclaimer: I'm a 1L applying to transfer myself. I just know that I questioned whether I should be doing the writing competition at all recently and decided that I should for this exact reason.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 12, 2013 7:25 pm

1L or not, still good advice. Very much appreciated. Good luck with your transfer cycle :)

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby 005618502 » Sun May 12, 2013 7:46 pm

Danger Zone wrote:Oh, disclaimer: I'm a 1L applying to transfer myself. I just know that I questioned whether I should be doing the writing competition at all recently and decided that I should for this exact reason.


What school range are you at? For some reason I thought you were T14

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Danger Zone » Sun May 12, 2013 7:48 pm

Nah I'm not. Check your PMs.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Lasers » Sun May 12, 2013 8:06 pm

OP: yes, do it.

i got onto law review and still transferred. listed on resume that i wrote-on and it sometimes came up in interviews, often in the context of "judging from your writing sample, lwr grade, and the fact your wrote onto law review we know you're a strong writer..." one of the interviewers even joked i was doing it right: getting onto law review and transferring so i didn't actually have to be on the journal but still being able to say you made it.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 12, 2013 8:43 pm

Lasers wrote:OP: yes, do it.

i got onto law review and still transferred. listed on resume that i wrote-on and it sometimes came up in interviews, often in the context of "judging from your writing sample, lwr grade, and the fact your wrote onto law review we know you're a strong writer..." one of the interviewers even joked i was doing it right: getting onto law review and transferring so i didn't actually have to be on the journal but still being able to say you made it.


Good to know. Just the kick in the ass I need. Thanks!

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Itinerant » Sun May 12, 2013 9:16 pm

Lasers wrote:OP: yes, do it.

i got onto law review and still transferred. listed on resume that i wrote-on and it sometimes came up in interviews, often in the context of "judging from your writing sample, lwr grade, and the fact your wrote onto law review we know you're a strong writer..." one of the interviewers even joked i was doing it right: getting onto law review and transferring so i didn't actually have to be on the journal but still being able to say you made it.


its usefulness probably ends at the interview stage -- it'd be funny to see this journal credential on a firm bio. but really, getting the job in the first place is almost everything anyway

yeah, just do it

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby jrf12886 » Sun May 12, 2013 9:24 pm

I'm a 2L (rising 3L) who transferred last year. I'd definitely do the competition. You can still put it on your resume "Invited to X Law Review." Also, I was asked in interviews whether I had done the writing competition and what I wrote about. I'm glad I didn't have to say "Oh, I didn't do it because I knew I was transferring."

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby shock259 » Sun May 12, 2013 9:27 pm

I wrote on and then xfered. It got brought up in almost all of my OCI interviews. I have no idea how much it helped, but the fact that people mentioned it was a sign that it had at least some value. I would recommend doing it if at all possible. It sucks, but such is life.

I agree that it won't matter at all after OCI.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby Lasers » Mon May 13, 2013 1:41 am

Itinerant wrote:
Lasers wrote:OP: yes, do it.

i got onto law review and still transferred. listed on resume that i wrote-on and it sometimes came up in interviews, often in the context of "judging from your writing sample, lwr grade, and the fact your wrote onto law review we know you're a strong writer..." one of the interviewers even joked i was doing it right: getting onto law review and transferring so i didn't actually have to be on the journal but still being able to say you made it.


its usefulness probably ends at the interview stage -- it'd be funny to see this journal credential on a firm bio. but really, getting the job in the first place is almost everything anyway

yeah, just do it

not probably, it most definitely does. writing on means nothing after interviews.

even then, that in no way changes the calculus here. getting your first legal job is everything until you get it.

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Re: Transferring - any point in doing the write on at my school?

Postby lisavj » Thu May 16, 2013 12:28 am

Ditto everyone else. Just do it. Then even if you don't have LR at your new school, you have *a* LR.




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