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Transferring / Surprisingly Quiet?
« on: December 07, 2007, 01:45:42 PM »
Has this board been surprisingly quiet this year? 

Are less people thinking of transferring, or are people just not posting?

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Transferring / $250 Registration Cancellation Fee
« on: July 31, 2007, 02:19:14 PM »
The school from which I am transferring has charged me a $250 registration cancellation fee.  In my opinion, this amounts to nothing more than a slap in the face to those students who decide to pursue their legal education elsewhere.  Two weeks ago I sent a nicely worded request asking for the fee to be waived.  Yesterday, the petition was denied. 

I have a couple of questions:

First, can the school actually do this?  On what legal authority can the demand money from a student who has withdrawn.  What exactly am I paying for? 

My thinking is that I never signed a contract which stated I would be assessed any sort of penalty should I decide to transfer.  Further, when I did register (online as it was), it is not as if some message screen popped up alerting me to any possible fees.  I will check the student handbook this week, but I simply don't think the school has any right to demand money from at this point.  I paid in full for the first year, got a year's worth of classes in exchange, and as far as I am concerned, all accounts are now settled.  One of the attorneys with whom I work puts it bluntly - becasue I am no longer a student at this school, I am no longer subject to their bylaws.  Period. 

Second, if I choose not to pay, what ramifications would I face.  Do you guys think the school would actually get a collection agency after me?  Take me to small claims court?  Report me to the bar in order to affect my Moral Character Evaluation?

I must admit that any goodwill I had towards the school has been entirely eroded by this process. 

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Transferring / Academic Experience at New School
« on: April 25, 2007, 10:47:23 PM »
For people out there who have successfully transferred, how have you found the experience to be inside the classroom at the new school? I have read of some significant jumps up the rankings on this board, and am curious to find out if the intellectual environment at the new school was noticeably more rigorous.  Was there a higher level of intellectual engagement?  Were in class discussions conducted on a higher level?  Aside from any issues with social acclimation, etc., what was the academic experience really like?  This coming Fall, I am making the jump from a tier 2 to a top 14, and am incredibly excited but also curious for what the experience will bring.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Good luck on finals to all.

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