« on: March 01, 2008, 04:21:25 PM »
My numbers weren't as good as yours. I was top 25% after the first semester, then about top 12% cumulative after the second semester (I was about top 5% for the spring semester).
May I ask what your numbers were at the T4? (gpa/rank)Based on my experience (T4 to top 30 to V30), my two cents:
Assuming you transfer, your resume (for this fall's OCI) will feature two law schools, one of which (your former school) will indicate "Graded on to X Law Review" and your GPA/class rank at that school (which firms will use, based on their cut-offs for that particular school, to determine whether you get a screening interview at OCI). There will be nothing listed under your new school (i.e., you won't have a GPA, rank or any accomplishments). After this fall, you will no longer list your former school (and you'll begin listing your GPA/rank, if favorable, from your new school, plus any good things that happen at the new school).
Your new school will likely offer the incoming transfers a chance to write-on to its journals (lots of luck with that!). Just be hopeful that you land a spot on a secondary journal, because the odds of the "native" students on the school's actual law review welcoming a lowly transfer are slim to none. If you land a secondary, great; if not, don't sweat it. Take comfort in the fact that your graduating GPA/rank at your new school will be based on 2-3L (which is, rightly or wrongly, part of what fuels the mostly unspoken anti-transfer sentiment at many schools).
As already noted, your T4 is quite aware that several people who accept law review invites will transfer out after this semester. Those spots will be filled (either by runner-ups or write-ons).