« on: May 16, 2008, 07:25:12 PM »
I should apologize for my skepticism is advance. I find the recounting of your OCI experience to be entirely unbelievable. I transferred from a T2 to a T14, and I, like most of the rest of my transfer class, was able to secure a position at a "prestigious" firm.
I accepted a spot at a V30 that I picked mainly on the strength of practice area and its reputation for a positive atmosphere, but transfer classmates of mine were able to line up spots at the firms of their choosing. The experience of our class overall is reflected by the transfers in the class of '08, who nearly without exception, were able line up "biglaw" jobs if they wished. I simply find it inconceivable that you could go through two on campus interviewing periods at a T15 and fail to land a job. I also want to be sure that all of the readers of this board know that this is aberrational.
During the OCI process, some employers did seem prejudiced against transfer students, but this was offset by the larger number of interviewers who expressed real curiousity about the process. For the most part employers were, 1) interested in hearing about the process, how I decided to transfer, and how I liked my new school, 2) impressed I did so well at my previous school to merit consideration at the T14, and 3) respected that I had the initiative to pack up and move schools for the better opporutnities at my new one. Perhaps there was a small disadvantage when being judged against students who had completed their 1L year at the T14, but if nothing else, being transfer helped to set one apart from the crowd.
Moreover, transferring is becoming increasingly common, so I find your claim that the firms had no basis on which to judge you to be a real stretch. Plus, could your career services office really have been so clueless as to recommend that you contact your old school. I mean, c'mon. This is simply all too much to swallow.