Is it right for a law school to discourage students from transferring? Is it right for a law school to deny services to students who are considering transferring? Because it looks like that is what happening at Loyola (L.A.) Law School right now.
Loyola has moved up its on-campus interview season; it now starts in late July. Unfortunately, that is too early for most students who are transferring to have received notice of whether or not their applications have been accepted. But now, at Loyola, students who have outstanding transfer applications are no longer allowed to participate in OCI. A tipster makes the situation clear:
Many schools have had similar policies for students who have accepted a position at another school, but Loyola’s policy is targeted at students simply applying for a transfer. This puts students in the very real position of applying, missing out on OCI, and then possibly not getting in at the higher ranked schools. Basically f*cking their chances at BigLaw.
Our tipster confronts the dean, after the jump.
Loyola is a top 100 school. But there are students who get in, do very well, and then look to better deal the school. This new policy really seems to hurt top students who are trying to put themselves in the best possible position:
When confronted about this policy, the Dean felt that the school had no obligation to assist those who are considering a transfer. I’m sorry, “no obligation” to provide services? Then what the hell am I paying for? We are talking about registered/tuition-paying/curve-beating students who being penalized for requesting letters of recommendations or transcripts. Our status can only be reinstated if we provide a letter from the admissions office of the target school stating either that we were not accepted or that we have withdrawn our application.
Moreover, the Dean felt that it was unnecessary to inform the interviewing firms that they will no longer have access to the top 10-20% of 2Ls who decided to throw an application to a top flight law school.
It’s totally understandable for Loyola to want to service people who are happy to be at Loyola. But every student paying tuition should have equal access to the school’s services.