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October 23, 2007

Open thread on encouraging (or discouraging) transfer students in law schools

Over at Empirical Legal Studies, Bill Henderson has lots of interesting data in this interesting post about transfer students and US News gaming.  Bill's focus on US News is interesting and resonates with what I have heard about the opportunities for gaming when schools shrink their 1L admissions and thereafter supplement class sizes through transfer students.

More broadly, though Bill's post is not intended to be a general discussion of the pros and cons of law school transfers, many folks are eager in his post's comments to talk about transfer student experiences.  Consequently, I would be eager to hear from law professors and law students about whether law schools ought to actively encourage or actively discourage transfers as a matter of general policy. 

Of course, the pros and cons of transfer for individual students will vary based on personal circumstances.  But there are lots of ways in which schools might institutionally embrace or resist transfers.  For example, beyond the basics of transfer admission policies, schools might directly recruit transfer applicants from other schools or might hold information sessions for current students so they might better understand transfer options.

Posted by DAB

October 23, 2007 in Serving students | Permalink


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