trbrny wrote:CLS transfer from a few years ago, happy to answer questions.
How did the transfers in your class fare at OCI? How was your transfer experience overall? (in terms of academics, social scene, etc.)
For the most part transfers did quite well at OCI although I can think of a few who really struggled. What I found hardest was not really knowing any 'inside' information about firms. Meaning, it seemed to me that people who were 1Ls in Columbia had been exposed to much more of a big firm culture and knew much more about where they wanted to interview/work and that helped them get jobs. I came from a school where nobody ever really even thought about big firms and I was completely clueless, that hurt me a bit when bidding on firms and during my screeners. At the end of the day, it worked out for me, but I struggled.
In terms of academics and social scene, it took me a full semester to really settle in and get my groove, but at the end I came out with a very close core group of friends so I'm not complaining. My one pointer about this is that I struggled at first to know who the good/must take professors and classes were, so to the extent you can pick someone's brain who is already there, I would do so.