The ABA - working for you, average lawyer! - released the 2015 super-truthful data of law schools recently. Notice the accuracy disclaimer on the ABA's site and consider that this is the accreditation authority who finds the need to cover its ass. Then laugh, for life is absurd and meaningless, writes Camus.
Like gold mining, there's tons of nuggets in the data, but the Gen Y populace is too darned lazy to find them. So I'll find one for you. It's the return of the raiding party. For those who don't recall, the raiding party is the idea that certain (impliedly unscrupulous) law schools prey on certain other law schools for transfer students. This, of course, is an academic example of penis envy. Let's check out some of last year's best poachers to see how they fared!
In this year's edition, George Washington took 44 students from American. American basically stood pat because, well, American has standards.
But they were bested! Arizona State took 47 students from Arizona Summit. For those of you who don't believe Arizona Summit can produce quality lawyers, Arizona State seems to disagree with you, and Arizona State has high standards. Ask Ned Flanders.
Schools like Michigan State and Florida State seem to be on a relative diet this year.
But the real standout might be Georgetown. They didn't reap harvest from any single field - they took 21 students from American and GWU, but beyond that it's single digits - but the overall volume and breadth is astounding.
Consider that Georgetown reported losing only 14 students to transfer attrition. At least four of these went to Yale, Harvard, or Columbia based on those schools' 509s, so you know that they're not exactly transferring because they can't cut it.
Consider that Georgetown only reports losing 21 persons from their 1L class total.
Consider that Georgetown's 25th percentile LSAT is only a 161 for incoming 1L students, which would exclude transfers who get added to the class later.
Now consider that Georgetown reports bringing in over one hundred (100) transfer students, including students from Arizona Summit, Barry, Capital, Charlotte (2), Charleston (2), Golden Gate, John Marshall (6!), NYLS, South Texas, St. Thomas (Fl.), Suffolk (2), Cooley, Touro, and Widener. That's 22 students right there, ignoring the mass of imports that come from middlebrow schools like George Mason or Brooklyn.
We must give Georgetown credit here. Not only do the administrators there recognize that it's the individual who matters and not the name of the school, they have found a way to somehow keep the vaunted T-14 ranking while completely manipulating the game to get what is basically an entire third-tier law school in the bottom third of the class.
You want impressive? That's impressive. For Appalachian to scam a few buck-toothed idiots into dreaming about driving Maseratis, well, that's art. But pumping through 160s, taking transfers from the shittiest of holes, and still proclaim that you're an elite institution with a straight face?
That, my readers, is a masterpiece.
Scam, er, shall I say HOYA on.