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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Organ:  The 2015 Law School Transfer Market

TransferJerry Organ (St. Thomas) has a detailed blog post on the 2015 law school transfer market.  Interestingly, the number of transfer students (1,979) is down 9.5% from 2014 and 20.9% from 2013.  David Yellen (Dean, Loyola-Chicago) asks:  "[H]ow much lower do you think that number would be if transfer students were counted in U.S. News data?"  Arizona State continues to dominate the law school transfer market, enrolling 65 transfer students in 2015, 45.5% of its 1L class.  Other major players in the law school transfer market are Georgetown (110 students/19.0% of its 1L class), George Washington (109/20.2%), Emory (51/22.9%), Miami (44/19.2%), UC-Berkeley (49/17.9%), and Florida State (32/17.0%).

NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGES OF TRANSFERS – 2011-2015
The number of transfers dropped to 1,979 in 2015, down from 2,187 in 2014 and 2,501 in 2013. The percentage of the previous fall’s entering class that engaged in the transfer market also dropped slightly to 5.2%, down from 5.5% in 2014 and 5.6% in 2013. In other words, there is no reason to believe the transfer market is “growing” as a general matter. It has been fairly consistently in the 4.6% to 5.6% range for the last five years, with an average of 5.2%

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Number of Transfers

2427

2438

2501

2187

1979

Previous Year 1L Enrollment

52,500

48,700

44,500

39700

37900

%   of Previous 1L Total

4.6%

5%

5.6%

5.5%

5.2%

(Hat Tip: Derek Muller.)

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/12/organthe-2015-law-school-transfer-market-.html

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Comments

The decline in absolute numbers might be because the "transfer-in" law schools had already lowered their admissions standards so that they diverted potential transfers by admitting them in the first place and thereby reducing the need for some transfers and depleting the credential pool of those they would be willing to accept from the other unfortunate shrinking law schools.

Posted by: David | Jan 2, 2016 8:01:40 AM

American University must be pretty upset. More than 100 transfers out? Wow, that must mess with the budget.

I don't know what a student gets from hopping from American to George Washington, although more than 40 of them did. The smarter move is to threaten to leave, get a big tuition reduction, and try to kill it at American as a top performer there.

Posted by: Jojo | Dec 30, 2015 9:03:46 AM