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The Law School Transfer Market Heats Up, Getting Some Deans Hot Under The Collar

Law schools across the country are fighting for transfer students in a testy cat and mouse game that involves some questionable practices. In cities with multiple law schools — like Jacksonville, Phoenix and Washington — the transfer market has lately exposed the contentious underbelly of legal education. The transfer market has become particularly active in recent years as overall law school enrollment has fallen dramatically. Critics say law schools farther up the rankings chain are enrolling students whose Law School Admission Test scores made them undesirable to enroll as first-year students. Law schools generally do not give transfer students the sort of competitive scholarship discounts they dangle in front of first-year students, making transfers a potentially lucrative source of revenue.