I transferred. It is difficult.
Any chance you can expand on this a bit? It is tough to get good transfer information and about how people do and feel after the move.
I'm not referring to academics. I'm also not referring to bias from students or employers. Jackasses will find a way to be snotty no matter what -- whether it's because you went to the wrong undergrad, because your pants are too short, or because you don't "deserve" to be at a really good law school.
However, you do give up:
- Your social network. It can be difficult to break into the 1L cliques. It's also nice to be able to talk to folks about all their 1L summer experiences before 2L OCI.
- Having a reputation among faculty as a good student, and all the opportunities that can entail (research, mentoring, etc.) You also give up knowing your way around the administration
- Knowing your way around town and being comfortable in your living situation.
- In some cases, guaranteed positions on journals, moot court, etc.
- Scholarship money.
All of that just adds to the stress of 2L and 3L, when you're also looking for jobs, dealing with journal, doing clinic and/or research, and generally hustling to navigate the opportunities you have. ETA: It might seem kind of trivial when you compare that to, say, the opportunities that you'd get at HLS. I'm just saying that these things do matter, and that exactly how much they matter is a personal thing.
Most transfers at my school were coming home, so they already had a social network. I've talked to a few who weren't, though, and they've called the experience "lonely," "alienating," and "miserable." All that being said, if you are even moderately socially competent, you'll definitely make your way. Eventually.