UDFlyers90 wrote:I've all but ruled OSU out (Sitting out this cycle and reapplying next year) but just out of curiosity I have some placement and transferring questions pertaining to OSU, and I guess top 50 schools in general. These are obviously both hypothetical (I know tls insist never ever wonder about being first in the class since law school grades apparently are completely uncorrelated to anything and follow a random walk) but how well does the tippy top of Moritz's class place? I'm referring to the top 1-3%, do they place nationally? Also, maybe there isn't much data on this but would a hypothetical (again I know never anticipate being number 1 in your class) numero uno in Moritz class have a fighting chance of transferring to a T6, perhaps even YHS?
There is quite a bit of job placement data on Moritz's website, under the career services for prospective students tab. It appears that the top 10% have a decent amount of flexibility with regards to DC and Chicago, but it does not look like NYC is very common. OSU is very good at placing graduates in Ohio biglaw and mid-law, and to a lesser extent DC+Chicago biglaw. Outside of those areas, it would probably be hard for any OSU grad to land a job w/o significant ties and top 3% (summa cum laude) class placement. Also, if you're looking to work in a market outside of these geographic areas, I would look to go to law school where you want to practice after graduation. Don't bet on being top 3%, or else you might end up being stuck in Ohio.
With regards to your second hypothetical, I have no clue. I have heard around here that you either need to be in the top 10% at another t-14, or literally be the top person in your class at a t1 to break into the HYS schools as a transfer.