lapolicia wrote:It seems like this is mostly about you wanting to be closer to your SO than anything else and not wanting to wait two years to be in the same city as him. If that's the case, I'd recommend getting something (anything) for the 1L summer in Portland. As the summer is ending, mass mail like crazy to every firm in the Pacific NW, including in Seattle and bid for every office from the Pacific Northwest that comes to NYU EIW (not many) as well as the usual NY targets. IF you get an offer in Portland, you're set. If you don't and get an offer in NYC (which is likely with median grades at NYU and good prep), take the NYC offer for the summer.
Then, spend your 3L year as a visiting student at L&C in Portland. It can easily been done and you will have the advantages of being in Portland and still getting an NYU diploma. If you didn't get Portland 2L summer, then spend your 3L year networking and mass mailing like crazy while you are studying in Portland and hopefully you will get something when local firms see that you have good experience and an obvious desire to be in Portland.
This route ensures that you still get an NYU degree which will be very useful if you actually want to be a lawyer while giving you strong ties to Portland. Or, you can go to L&C and throw your career away before it even starts.
Also, what do you mean by grades being bottom half of the class? At NYU, it's very difficult to tell where median ends so unless you are noticeably below median (like you got 2 Bs and a B- or all Bs) you are still basically median for EIW purposes.
I got straight Bs. I'm really going to push to get to Portland for the summer. The thought of transferring is really driven by three things - the SO is certainly a factor, but I'm also uncomfortable with my performance in class and I wish I were able to do better. I'm going to work harder this semester, but I can't be certain that will affect my grades that much. I'm thinking I may be higher in the class rankings at L&C.
The third factor is that I fear I will have difficulty getting a Portland job that will pay my loans if my straight B trend at NYU continues. From what I've seen in my job search, not only are the large firms few and far between, but there aren't a great number of mid-sized firms and they quickly drop off to a multitude of tiny firms. I'm very familiar with the tiny firm world, and I know they can't afford to pay a baby attorney enough to keep up with $200,000ish student loans I'll have when I leave NYC. I would say my primary motivator, rather than living with the SO, is securing one of the few 6 figure (or close to it) jobs in Portland so I can pay off my loans.
The big firms in Portland all claim to offer the majority of their 2L SAs full time positions. Given the number of attorneys at these Portland offices, I doubt they collectively hire more than a few attorneys outside of those who were 2L SAs. The most I've seen a single firm hire is three, and that's at the one of the biggest firms there - Stoel Rives. If 1/3 (conservatively) of the 2L SAs go to L&C grads and the other 2/3 are split between the T14 (I've seen YHSCCN, UVA, Duke, GT), then, given my mediocre performance at NYU, it may be best for me to compete amongst the L&C grads instead of the YHSCCN grads.