Today, Inside Higher Ed has an article honoring our favorite pirate captains. Here's Georgetown's Andy Cornblatt (great pirate name!):
Cornblatt said it would violate antitrust laws and be "paternalistic to the extreme" to try to curb transfers.Ay, the fear of antitrust argument coupled with the "sophisticated consumers of free choice" argument, coupled with a giant straw man, to the extreme. That's some nice piratin' on the good ship Georgetown. I mean, the way he sails past the implicit questions of why transfers may be a bad thing and goes straight to refuting arguments no one's making is some excellent verbal maneuvering. To the extreme.
“These are not elementary school kids, these are adults who are in the middle of or finished their first year of law school,” he said.
But shiver me timbers, look at what the Arizona State Raiders can do:
“The LSAT is a good predictor of first-year performance, but it’s nowhere near as good a predictor as first-year performance,” said Douglas Sylvester, the dean of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.Give that man a parrot and call him Captain Sly! And why is he being interviewed?
Arizona State accepted 66 transfer students last year, the second most in the country, behind Georgetown. Nearly a third of ASU’s second-year students are now transfer students. Forty-four of those transfers came from Arizona Summit Law School.Yes, first-year performance at an InfiLaw school IS better than either an LSAT. After all, who would YOU rather hire as a lawyer: the 43rd-best 1L at Arizona Summit or a random 157 LSAT?
You know what the number-one sign of some great piratin' is? Butt-hurt. Cue the victimhood:
“I do believe it to be poaching,” [Arizona Summit Dean Shirley] Mays said of ASU, “and I do wonder if the ranking system were changed so that the LSAT scores of transfer students were included whether or not the poaching of students from the lower-tiered schools would continue.”While one has to admire her "my precious!" attitude towards her top students, I can't help but agree with Captain Sly:
"Give your students reasons to stay and we wouldn’t be able to take them,” Sylvester said.Ahoy! Sounds to me like a dare!
Obviously, Arizona Summit's promises of future career riches and JD-Advantage(c) thinking skills aren't enough to retain top talent. They should set up a foundation or something that gives out extra scholarships and can be used as kick-backs to hot professors and forgivable loans to deans. They should also build a swimming pool and tack on a billiard room. And maybe sponsor a minor league baseball stadium.
Or better yet, they could build their own pirate ship and send out a raiding party of their own. California has plenty of state-accredited schools. Mexico probably has law schools. Take laterals from nursing schools or something. Seriously, get creative. The ABA isn't going to stop you. It's, like, an antitrust violation or something.