Feynman wrote:A'nold wrote:Nah, I think you guys are both off a little here. Think about this: if you are attending a t2-t4 and are at the top, you are basically their star student(s). Many of these schools struggle with bar passage rates/getting their student's OCI bids. If those students leave, sure, some of the top 20% become the new top 10%, but the caliber of the class just took a severe hit.
This too, but he was speaking in pure economic/US News terms. Obviously a more holistic view favors trying to keep the best students, but it can also make sense in a strict economic sense as well. I am not in a position to know why some schools offer scholarships to top students after 1L (or to dissuade them from transferring), but there are certainly many rational reasons to do so. In any case, it does happen.
I actually meant that my scenario is pretty much 100% economic, actually. Think about it: A school gets hurt BIGTIME when it has a low bar pass rate. If 10% of its class (mixed throughout the top, say, 1/3) leave, not only do they miss out on those passers but it just magnifies the lower end of the class' inability to pass the bar. Employers wait to see if students pass the bar before hiring or just don't look at the school (this happens VERY frequently at my school, FYI). If the top 20% moves up a bit, they get to bid on the "top" jobs, yet, the real "stars" at the school have left, thus making the student body just that much less attractive. Bar pass rates and employment rates matter for USNWR rankings. Students choose a better school b/c of the ranking AND b/c of employment prospects. The school gets less qualified applicants, which brings down its ranking even more and attracts less qualified students the next time; students that have a harder time passing the bar, and so on.