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Towelie's analysis presumes that everyone goes to law school to go into private practice. Certainly, going to a costly law school makes it more difficult to do anything but take a high-paying law firm job immediately after graduation. But many people go to law school because they want to be DAs or defenders, and they frequently go to schools that are more affordable in order to acheive their dreams. Temple is a school that attracts a fair share of these folks because of its trial advocacy program. To say that they are "screwed" out of their first choice of jobs ignores this reality. 

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Here are some transfer requirements of the Philadelphia area schools:

Temple: Each year Temple Law accepts only a limited number of transfer students. There are a number of factors to evaluate in transferring. First, Temple only accepts transfers from students who are in the top 20% of their class at a school that is accredited by both the ABA and the AALS

Penn: Applicants for advanced standing (transfer) must be in good standing at a law school that is both a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Rutgers-Camden: Students in good standing transferring from ABA-approved law schools may receive credit toward the degree of Juris Doctor for work entitled to credit in their former school.

Rutgers-Newark:  Students who have successfully completed at least one full academic year but not more than one and one-half years of full-time study or 42 credits at another ABA accredited law school may apply for admission with advanced standing to either the day or evening program.  Applications are accepted for the fall and spring terms.  Persons attending unaccredited law schools do not qualify for transfer with advanced standing. 

ABA accreditation came hard for many schools, and regardless of the extreme liklihood of Drexel's eventual accreditation, accredited schools are going to want the process to mean something. Rutgers-Camden may relent, since Drexel's new dean was a former Dean of their law school and most recently RC's Provost

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Being non-traditional in just about every sense, I got snipped at a childless 23. If you asked me why at the time, I would have said that the world is small and is getting smaller with every child. I would have also said that I didn't need a surrogate ego to justify actions, which, if directed to myself, could only be described as selfish. I guess I saw so many of my lefty friends with kids (first one, but almost always another or two) signing up for private schools, thinking school vouchers weren't that bad an idea, suddenly thinking cities weren't good places to live, buying gas guzzling minivans in anticipation of all the wonderfully enriching lessons, sports, and privilege enhancing circles to which they would transport their kids.

Twenty years later, I don't regret not having kids. It helps that I work with a lot of students, and so get a lot of vicarious parenting in without a lot of the sticky, smelly stuff. What I do regret, is thinking ill of people who did.  Many those friends raised some really interesting people. I still wish they didn't drive those gas-guzzlers though.

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