Hi. I go to a t2 school with very good local and some national recognition. I will am top 8% in my class after 1L and graded onto law review. I know of someone w/ these exact credentials from the same school that transferred to UCLA, my dream school. I know I am not a definite to get in on transfer just b/c of the other person, but this is assuming (and hoping) I do. I am planning on practicing in the area of my current school on the east coast, but I want as many options as possible everywhere. I am scared that if my grades fall, I will regret not taking the significant jump in reputation. Should I transfer? How much respect does a top 8% guy get in OCI? Is it enough to warrant staying? Please elaborate on the value of top 8% at OCI vs. starting fresh at UCLA. Thanks guys.
From what you have posted there is no point in transferring from an east coast T2 to UCLA if you want to practice in the city where the T2 is located. Top 10% seems to be a good place to be at a T2 in the past, but who knows how that will workout this year during OCI.
Also, if your school is in a secondary market, firms may be sensitive to the fact that you left to attend UCLA and will be leery of your commitment to returning to the market after you do graduate.