I'm currently at one of the lower T-14 (~DBVMN range) and roughly in the top 5-10% of my class. If things go well this semester, I'm strongly considering throwing an app to HYS over the next month or so. But I'm having a lot of trouble justifying whether it will actually be in my best interest to do so.
I'm totally torn in terms of what I want to do. I came to LS thinking I want to do corporate work and then move in-house. But recently, I've been wavering at the possibility of doing a clerkship, and either pursuing litigation. I just don't know right now.
Scenario 1 : Stay at my current school
- Likely same big law employment prospects
- Keep 1L grades, likely graduate with honors
- Graduate with around 30K in debt
- Chance of making LR
- Not in love with the law school community, but have made a few good friends and professor connections
Scenario 2 : Transfer to HYS
- "Prestige" factor of graduating from top school, may "keep doors open" for clerkships, academia, better in-house (?), unicorn jobs down the road.
- Lose 1L grades
- Graduate with around 80K in debt
- Likely be on secondary journal, won't make law review
- Hassle of moving, establishing friends, professor network
If I'm fortunate enough to be accepted, I feel like I'm leaning towards going. The idea of graduating from HYS is very attractive, but I don't want to do that if transferring is an objectively bad move. I would love to hear some of your thoughts on this.