IAFG wrote:dru617 wrote:Blumpbeef wrote:Each class will only have a handful of transfer students, and it is entirely plausible that they are all in the bottom 90%.
Unless I'm missing something?
No, we take in 30-40 post-1L's each year. And in my experience, they're smarter and more motivated than the average non-transfer.
In my experience, they're average relative to the average non-transfer, as long as they're employment-secure.
Even if they are on parity with non-transfers as far as aptitude and motivation, they still get a huge GPA boost (over non-transfers) toward getting within top 10% of ALL graduating students by virtue of being able to get almost all of credits in non-curved/easy A classes (the only exception I can think of is Ethics, which is curved) unlike non-transfers where many have irreparable (for honors purposes) GPAs after 1L.
My broader point is that if 30 out of 300 got Coif and there are any transfers at all in that year's total top 10%, you don't really need to actually be top 10% by any measure. You don't need to be top 10% of non-transfers (30/270 = 11.1%), and you don't quite need to be top 10% of total graduates (because for each transfer within the top 10% total grads, one of the 30 who DID get Coif falls out of the top 10%).
That is all. And yes, I totally should be studying for the bar and am well aware that this is not going to be changed by the school.