Some input would be nice:Would you say its better to graduate at the top of you class at a Tier4 school, or transfer to a Tier2.I ask, because it seems like it might be better to stay at the Tier4 at the top of your class and maybe try to get on your law school's journal, than to transfer to a Tier2, where you will have to adjust and might not do as well as other 2nd year law students, and probably won't be on the journal because everyone is already connected.
jdohno,Thanks for the reply. There were a few things I didn't consider that your response brought to light, one being that a 2nd Tier might be selling a person at the top of his/her class short. If you don't mind me asking, do you really think the job offers coming out of a Tier 2 and a Tier 1 are that different? That is, assuming it isn't one of the top 15 in the country and a person does well at the 2nd Tier school. Also, what if a person was deciding to transfer out of a Tier4 and looking at Temple or Penn State. I know that Penn State wasn't in the top 100 before the 2006 rankings and their standing might not last - but they seem to have a pretty solid tradition and a lot of connections. Would you agree with that? Or would you say it would be better go to somewhere like Temple?I'll definitley have to look into it more and really appreciate your response. I have't researched many Tier1, because I never thought of any as a realistic goal, but maybe I will have to look into it.
Just an idea, but why don't you ask the academic advisors at your current school? My limited experience is that law school advisors and career services people are realistic, pragmatic people.
My two cents: I think you should transfer. Yes, it looks better to say top 10% on your resume, but once they see your law school, game over. I went to a less well known top 20 law school and I had to send out a copy of the stupid US News report ranking to get big city firms to look at me. The problem is, the really huge firms already have such a huge applicant pool that taking a risk with a 4th tier student isn't an option...taking a risk with a 2nd tier student...more of an option. also, you might want to go to nalpdirectory.comlook at some firms in the cities that you are interested in working in. nalp will tell you what schools they OCI at. if you see the second tier school you are looking at listed over and over, then I would transfer. I guarantee that I almost never see a 3rd or 4th tier law school listed...but in the end, what do I know?
I think, in many cases, ranking nit-picking has more to do with ego than actual career advantage though.