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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More on the Law School Transfer Market

TransferFollowing up on my previous post, The Law Student Transfer Market: Arizona State, Florida State, George Washington, Georgetown & Utah Lead The Way:  The Legal Whiteboard:  Further Understanding the Transfer Market -- A Look at the 2014 Transfer Data, by Jerry Organ (St. Thomas):

Starting this fall, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar began collecting and requiring schools with more than five transfers in to report not only the number of students who have transferred in, but also the schools from which they came (indicating the number from each school) along with the 75%, 50% and 25% first-year, law school GPAs of the pool of students who transferred in to a given school (provided that at least twelve students transferred in to the school). This allows us to begin to explore the nature of the transfer market by looking at where students are coming from and are going and by looking at the first-year GPA profile of students transferring in to different law schools. ...

For this set of 19 schools with the most transfer students, the vast majority obtained most of the transfers from within the geographic region within which the law school is located. Only two schools (Harvard and American) had fewer than 40% of their transfers from within the region in which they are located and only four others (Columbia, NYU, Georgetown and Washington University) had fewer than 50% of the transfers from within their regions. Meanwhile, ten of the 19 schools had 70% or more of their transfers from within the region in which the school is located.

Moreover, several schools had a significant percentage of their transfers from one particular feeder school. For Berkeley, roughly 33% of its transfers came from Hastings; for Emory, nearly 40% of its transfers came from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School; for George Washington, over 55% of its transfers came from American; for Arizona State, 67% of its transfers came from Arizona Summit; for Michigan State nearly 95% of its transfers came from Thomas Cooley; for Loyola Marymount, nearly 50% of its transfers came from Whittier; and for Idaho, over 95% of its transfers came from Concordia. ...

The chart above shows the tiers of law schools from which the largest schools in the transfer market received their transfer students.  Thirteen of the top 19 schools for transfers are ranked in the top 20 in USNews, but of those 13, only six had 80% or more of their transfers from schools ranked between 1 and 99 in the USNews rankings – Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, UCLA and George Washington.  Three additional schools had at least 50% of their transfers from schools ranked between 1 and 99, Berkeley, Georgetown and Washington University.  The other ten schools had at least half of their transfer students from schools ranked 100 or lower, with some schools having a significant percentage of their transfers from schools ranked alphabetically.  This data largely confirms the analysis of Bill Henderson and Jeff Rensberger regarding the rankings migration of transfers – from lower ranked schools to higher ranked schools.

In addition, as you move down the rankings of transfer schools, the general trend in first-year law school GPA shows a significant decline, with several highly-ranked schools taking a number of transfers with first-year GPAs below a 3.0, including Emory, Minnesota, Arizona State, and Florida State.

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