doyleoil wrote:I'm going to be very honest with you on a couple fronts. First, I don't really know any of the transfers in other classes, because I mostly just know my own class. I imagine the transition is made a little easier by the fact that most of your classes will have a mix of 2L's and 3L's. So it's not like you'll stick out like a sore thumb. I personally won't be standoffish, and I can't see people in my class being that way either. But you obviously know that people here already have their established "groups," in some sense. So I think getting involved in student org's, etc. is your best bet for getting to know people and mixing in a little.
Second, and this is far more touchy, the economy makes the transfer phenomenon a little awkward, and you should just be ready to face that head on. No reason for you to apologize for your situation, but neither should you think you're going to come in here and "take over". I think I read in a recent e-mail from our (outgoing) dean of students that Chicago is bringing in 25 people this year. Frankly, that number surprises me, especially when there are a good number of people in our class who are going to have trouble finding jobs. So you should just be sensitive to the fact that the situation "out there" (as much as it sucks) creates a little bit of anxiety in here. Just try to keep a sense of humor (and humility) about it and "lay low" when it comes to certain things. If you display any kind of "entitlement" at all, it will not be well-received.
I completely agree with the first point. I don't know a ton of (rising) 3Ls, so I will assume any transfer is simply a 3L.
I mildly disagree with the second point. I don't think the sense of entitlement is strong enough that students will blame transfers for taking jobs. Everyone knew OCI wasn't spectacular last year. If/when students below median don't get jobs, I think most will realize it's their own fault. Obviously, transfers who think they are the cat's pajamas (my favorite Epstein-ism) and constantly talk about how badass they were at their old schools will be rejected, but current student who brag--or even talk--about grades are already shunned (in my experience).
Back to agreeing with you: your 70%-in-law-firms number looks right. I had double-counted a few students. A more telling number would be the percent of students wanting firm work who actually found firm jobs. A few law review kids are working for judges and public interest organizations. I presume they could've had firm jobs. I would guess the percent of people wanting to work at firms who found firm jobs is higher: maybe 80%?