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If accepted, which of these should I go to?

Only Stanford
0
No votes
Only Berkeley
2
5%
Stanford or Harvard
6
14%
Stanford or Harvard or Berkeley
17
39%
Shut up, you're not getting into any of these
5
11%
Stay where you're at... enjoy OCI
14
32%
 
Total votes: 44

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Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 29, 2013 1:12 pm

Stats:
Lower T20 (east coast IP school.... just trying not to say the name on here for searching reasons)
Top ~5-10%
Should make LR
Moot/ADR
Going into IP/Patent Lit
3.5 years work experience in Computer Engineering
Current school's OCI does not do a lottery, so I should get my pick of screener interviews. (I realize this is not indestructible.)
Want to end up in California/Bay Area, and current school is not in CA.
My school is notorious for not negotiating with [law student] terrorists

[Edit] Currently receiving only $10k/year (total COA ~68K/year).
[Edit2] Scholarship has been upped to $23k/year

Applied to:
Stanford- I know it's a long shot, but have a pretty awesome SA in the area so I figured why not give it a try.
Harvard- Another long shot, but with WE I am hoping they at least give me a look.
Berkeley- Feeling more confident about this one, albeit still not a lock by any means

Questions:
Any wild guesses at my chances at any of the three?
How long should it take to start hearing back once transcripts are in hand? (I've seen a huge range- mid June to late August)
Should I go??? (poll)
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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Jimbo_Jones » Wed May 29, 2013 1:39 pm

Need more info. What is your current COA? Getting any scholly money currently? The school you're at now, along with your WE/class rank/LR, should give you pretty good reach to IP firms in CA. Obviously a CA school like Berk or S will be a lot better, but if you're getting some good money then it might not be worth giving up your scholarship, class rank, and LR.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 29, 2013 1:44 pm

Edited to include scholarship / COA

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 30, 2013 12:55 pm

Bump. Any helpful comments would be helpful. :D

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:30 pm

Bump. (Not a ton of transfer traffic happening)

Any comments behind the votes? (It should be said I am a regular TLSer!)

Thanks guys!

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby jbiresq » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:59 pm

I'd say apply. Since you have an SA and should get one for next summer staying is probably a good option. What are your reasons for transferring? With your background you're probably not going to get a significant amount of need aid. Are you sure your school won't negotiate?. Losing someone like you is not something they want.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:29 pm

OP Here-

I'm not so much worried about my 2L summer or first job... Ultimately the prospects look extremely similar in the short term. However, I am considering a clerkship or even academia at some point and the prestige would help in those respects. I figure there isn't a ton of point in making a decision until I see what is on the table.

Apps are all in and went complete last week, so fingers crossed.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby jbiresq » Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:45 pm

Anonymous User wrote:OP Here-

I'm not so much worried about my 2L summer or first job... Ultimately the prospects look extremely similar in the short term. However, I am considering a clerkship or even academia at some point and the prestige would help in those respects. I figure there isn't a ton of point in making a decision until I see what is on the table.

Apps are all in and went complete last week, so fingers crossed.


Since you want a clerkship/academia being on LR is going to matter. Boalt, I could be wrong so check this out, is the only one that does a transfer write on for LR.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:39 pm

jbiresq wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:OP Here-

I'm not so much worried about my 2L summer or first job... Ultimately the prospects look extremely similar in the short term. However, I am considering a clerkship or even academia at some point and the prestige would help in those respects. I figure there isn't a ton of point in making a decision until I see what is on the table.

Apps are all in and went complete last week, so fingers crossed.


Since you want a clerkship/academia being on LR is going to matter. Boalt, I could be wrong so check this out, is the only one that does a transfer write on for LR.


OP here- I did not participate in the HLS competition, as it was during my second week of SA and ultimately saw it as a long shot. I suppose I'll always be able to note "invited to join XYZ LR" but for clerkships I will need to find some way to get published in upper level writing.

It should also be noted that my current school finally decided to play ball and upped me to $23k/year, making Berkeley nearly $60,000 more expensive over the final 2 years.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby jbiresq » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:48 am

I'd stick around then. Having a strong IP background should help you punch above your weight for clerkships (at least on the district level.) There's a demand for IP people because a lot of judges couldn't read a patent if their life depended on it.

Do you really want the name/prestige? Not having LR will hurt but you can join a good secondary at SLS or HLS to mitigate it. You'll most likely be paying sticker or close to it at both those schools though.

Honestly you're going to have a good dilemma.

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Postby Danger Zone » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:15 am

jbiresq wrote:I'd stick around then. Having a strong IP background should help you punch above your weight for clerkships (at least on the district level.) There's a demand for IP people because a lot of judges couldn't read a patent if their life depended on it.

Do you really want the name/prestige? Not having LR will hurt but you can join a good secondary at SLS or HLS to mitigate it. You'll most likely be paying sticker or close to it at both those schools though.

Honestly you're going to have a good dilemma.

They give need based aid.

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Postby Nammertat » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:40 pm

Hmmmmmmm
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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby jbiresq » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:39 pm

Danger Zone wrote:
jbiresq wrote:I'd stick around then. Having a strong IP background should help you punch above your weight for clerkships (at least on the district level.) There's a demand for IP people because a lot of judges couldn't read a patent if their life depended on it.

Do you really want the name/prestige? Not having LR will hurt but you can join a good secondary at SLS or HLS to mitigate it. You'll most likely be paying sticker or close to it at both those schools though.

Honestly you're going to have a good dilemma.

They give need based aid.


1L SA + Past Work Experience would hit the amount pretty significantly I'd think.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:35 pm

jbiresq wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:
jbiresq wrote:I'd stick around then. Having a strong IP background should help you punch above your weight for clerkships (at least on the district level.) There's a demand for IP people because a lot of judges couldn't read a patent if their life depended on it.

Do you really want the name/prestige? Not having LR will hurt but you can join a good secondary at SLS or HLS to mitigate it. You'll most likely be paying sticker or close to it at both those schools though.

Honestly you're going to have a good dilemma.

They give need based aid.


1L SA + Past Work Experience would hit the amount pretty significantly I'd think.


I agree... IF I were to get need based, I wouldn't expect more than $10-15k/year.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:50 pm

Bump.

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Postby RodneyRuxin » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:01 pm

lol your poll is bad.

Obviously people chose the broadest answer..

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Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:26 pm

RodneyRuxin wrote:lol your poll is bad.

Obviously people chose the broadest answer..


Could you elaborate? I see the flaw in that "Only Harvard" is not an option and should be, but the "broadest" option includes 2 of the top 3, and the #1 IP school. I'm not following.

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Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
RodneyRuxin wrote:lol your poll is bad.

Obviously people chose the broadest answer..


Could you elaborate? I see the flaw in that "Only Harvard" is not an option and should be, but the "broadest" option includes 2 of the top 3, and the #1 IP school. I'm not following.


Cancel that... I see he's a 0L who has no business in a transfer forum. Any other thoughts?

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Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:06 pm

Number 1 school for IP means fucking jack shit. That's stupid shit 0L's focus on. You'll be competitive for damn near all IP firms or practice groups at GWU 5-10%.

Academia is a boomer flame. And you should already be in the running for clerkships, so why transfer and burn bridges.

You'll transfer and pay 23k more a year for virtually no gain.

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Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:12 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Number 1 school for IP means fucking jack shit. That's stupid shit 0L's focus on. You'll be competitive for damn near all IP firms or practice groups at GWU 5-10%.

Academia is a boomer flame. And you should already be in the running for clerkships, so why transfer and burn bridges.

You'll transfer and pay 23k more a year for virtually no gain.


Nationwide I completely agree that the IP ranking means little to nothing. BUT... when it comes to OCI, the IP folks have considerably more bid slots at Boalt than several other T10's (same with GW, but there are still several V10 firms that simply don't show up there).

The only real benefit I see to Boalt is access to a handful of firms via OCI that I otherwise would have to direct write. (Cravath, Skadden, Sullivan, Weil)

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Postby Danger Zone » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:17 pm

Anonymous User wrote:(Cravath, Skadden, Sullivan, Weil)

Ah, so you're transferring for the PREFTIGE. Should have just made that clear from the get go duder.

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Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Number 1 school for IP means fucking jack shit. That's stupid shit 0L's focus on. You'll be competitive for damn near all IP firms or practice groups at GWU 5-10%.

Academia is a boomer flame. And you should already be in the running for clerkships, so why transfer and burn bridges.

You'll transfer and pay 23k more a year for virtually no gain.


Nationwide I completely agree that the IP ranking means little to nothing. BUT... when it comes to OCI, the IP folks have considerably more bid slots at Boalt than several other T10's (same with GW, but there are still several V10 firms that simply don't show up there).

The only real benefit I see to Boalt is access to a handful of firms via OCI that I otherwise would have to direct write. (Cravath, Skadden, Sullivan, Weil)


I think this post betrays your prestige whoring tendancies. Just don't focus on high vault firms that have a bit of IP. You want firms that are genuinely good at IP. There are many non V10 firms that blow these out of the water.

Skadden and Weil go to the Loyola patent fair that you should have signed up for, did you?

And I'm not really sure why anyone would aim for Cravath or SC for patent lit. If you have the grades for those firms, you'd be aiming for better IP firms.

I interviewed with 55 firms at Northwestern and Loyola. You don't need Boalt to get a lot of interviews.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:25 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Number 1 school for IP means fucking jack shit. That's stupid shit 0L's focus on. You'll be competitive for damn near all IP firms or practice groups at GWU 5-10%.

Academia is a boomer flame. And you should already be in the running for clerkships, so why transfer and burn bridges.

You'll transfer and pay 23k more a year for virtually no gain.


Nationwide I completely agree that the IP ranking means little to nothing. BUT... when it comes to OCI, the IP folks have considerably more bid slots at Boalt than several other T10's (same with GW, but there are still several V10 firms that simply don't show up there).

The only real benefit I see to Boalt is access to a handful of firms via OCI that I otherwise would have to direct write. (Cravath, Skadden, Sullivan, Weil)


I think this post betrays your prestige whoring tendancies. Just don't focus on high vault firms that have a bit of IP. You want firms that are genuinely good at IP. There are many non V10 firms that blow these out of the water.

Skadden and Weil go to the Loyola patent fair that you should have signed up for, did you?

And I'm not really sure why anyone would aim for Cravath or SC for patent lit. If you have the grades for those firms, you'd be aiming for better IP firms.

I interviewed with 55 firms at Northwestern and Loyola. You don't need Boalt to get a lot of interviews.


All valid points, and well taken!

I have signed up for PLIP (and SFIPLA) and bid on every top IP firm out there. I also understand that V100 isn't the end all for IP folks (see Fish) and I think your point about my prestige whoring is spot on.

Is there any merit to the local presence of Berkeley/Stanford to these firms, rather than having to try to get people's attention from DC? Another issue I've seen is the GW OCI has somewhat limited CA offices, thus more direct mail required.

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Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:34 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Number 1 school for IP means fucking jack shit. That's stupid shit 0L's focus on. You'll be competitive for damn near all IP firms or practice groups at GWU 5-10%.

Academia is a boomer flame. And you should already be in the running for clerkships, so why transfer and burn bridges.

You'll transfer and pay 23k more a year for virtually no gain.


Nationwide I completely agree that the IP ranking means little to nothing. BUT... when it comes to OCI, the IP folks have considerably more bid slots at Boalt than several other T10's (same with GW, but there are still several V10 firms that simply don't show up there).

The only real benefit I see to Boalt is access to a handful of firms via OCI that I otherwise would have to direct write. (Cravath, Skadden, Sullivan, Weil)


I think this post betrays your prestige whoring tendancies. Just don't focus on high vault firms that have a bit of IP. You want firms that are genuinely good at IP. There are many non V10 firms that blow these out of the water.

Skadden and Weil go to the Loyola patent fair that you should have signed up for, did you?

And I'm not really sure why anyone would aim for Cravath or SC for patent lit. If you have the grades for those firms, you'd be aiming for better IP firms.

I interviewed with 55 firms at Northwestern and Loyola. You don't need Boalt to get a lot of interviews.


All valid points, and well taken!

I have signed up for PLIP (and SFIPLA) and bid on every top IP firm out there. I also understand that V100 isn't the end all for IP folks (see Fish) and I think your point about my prestige whoring is spot on.

Is there any merit to the local presence of Berkeley/Stanford to these firms, rather than having to try to get people's attention from DC? Another issue I've seen is the GW OCI has somewhat limited CA offices, thus more direct mail required.


Well, if you bid CA at Loyola and SFIPLA you probably should have covered virtually every significant CA firm that does IP. I'm sure GWU has worse CA bid options than Boalt, probably a significant amount. But Loyola and SFIPLA should significantly close that gap. At no cost difference, it might be worth an Xfer. But you are probably losing 50k+ to Xfer. And why?

What CA firms didn't you get to bid on at Loyola and SFIPLA? If the list is huge, MAYBE it's worth a transfer, but you'd have to post the firms you didn't get to bid on, that are available at Boalt.

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Re: Grades are in- Transfer HELP needed! Chances? Prioritizing?

Postby RodneyRuxin » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:30 am

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Anonymous User wrote:
Could you elaborate? I see the flaw in that "Only Harvard" is not an option and should be, but the "broadest" option includes 2 of the top 3, and the #1 IP school. I'm not following.


Cancel that... I see he's a 0L who has no business in a transfer forum. Any other thoughts?


Not a 0L.

People are going to choose the fourth option because it encompasses the first three. People will have the tendency to answer the broadest question because it requires no real mental effort on their part. Anyone who thinks H is the best, but that S/B would be okay too are going to choose this option, while if you made them pick a school they would choose H (which would give you a clearer idea of what school is the best choice). Make sense?

If this were a poll in a research project, you couldn't come to any solid conclusions about people's preference, all you could say is that most people think it's one of those three.




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