Vronsky wrote: Coolgrnmen wrote:
Echoing what you posted a while back about the drop in OL applications, I saw a news flash at my school that applications are down 11.5% across the nation. It might be wishful thinking, but I think that might result in greater transfer numbers at GULC and other schools as well. Fingers crossed.
Yeah, I saw that today as well...
BUT I don't think that is going to affect the transfer class... I HOPE it does, but schools like GULC and up don't have trouble filling up their classes. Heck, most law schools don't...do they?
Anyways, here's to hoping.
No, I'm sure they don't have troubling filling the seats in the classroom, but the issue for them is to keep LSAT scores from falling. If apps drop by 11%, they probably have fewer solid applicants with their target LSAT, so if they only admit students with the numbers they accepted last year, theres a chance the total class size would go down (assuming they maintain the same matriculation rate of accepted students). If a school's median LSAT drops by 1 or 2 points, it could be grounds for dropping a spot or to in US News rankings.
An easy way around this is for schools to keep their LSAT numbers from last year but admit more transfers. But of course if median LSAT drops at many schools by about 1 point, it could be moot.
so maybe schools at the lower end of various tiers accept 5-10% more of transfer applicants to make up for the drop in OL applicants. Is that logical?
It's logical...I was thinking along the same lines.
The only way the drop in LSAT by 1 point wouldn't be moot is if some schools opted to fill their class, while the other schools opted to maintain the average and accept less...the different strategies make for an interesting scenario.
I would expect the schools in the T14 (including Texas now...congrats to them) would likely be more worried about their average LSAT scores...
A fix for them would definitely be to increase the transfer class, but that creates problems. Namely, they'd have to A) increase class size so we could enroll in the appropriate classes or B) decrease the scholarship awards for the incoming class.
I hope they use A...obviously, I'm not an admin person so I don't know what other options are available...but I'm sure there are plenty...