« on: April 25, 2008, 12:55:36 AM »
I am interested in academia and a federal appellate clerkship. With that in mind, I am thinking about transferring from a good 25-30 range law school to Michigan (shoe-in), Virginia (shoe-in), Chicago (maybe), or Harvard (big maybe) to improve my marketability.
But I see transferring as a huge gamble. Right now I am in the top 2% of my class, I can land a job with virtually any BIGLAW firm I want (e.g., Cravath, Latham, Covington), I am on law-review, I have good TA and RA positions with great professors, and I my grades are high enough that I won't have to worry about slipping in future semesters.
If I go to, say, Chicago, I might end up only in the 60th percentile and I'd be totally screwed, at least in terms of landing a good clerkship, a teaching postion, or a great job with a firm of my choosing.
However, the appellate clerk placement at my current school is only around 2-4% per year, and we have very few alumni working as professors. The top 5-10% can clerk or work basically anywhere they want, but teaching positions are hard to come by because schools are so damn elitist.
Is it worth the risk?