Pressure for law school to cook the books?

September 21, 2011
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The University of Illinois College of Law has some explaining to do.

They admitted this week that they had incorrectly reported median test scores and median grade point averages for their incoming class on their school’s website. The incorrect information made the incoming class look smarter. Now previous years’ information is being examined.

Whether this misreporting was accidental or intentional has yet to be determined, but it does make you wonder if law schools are feeling pressure to stand out and make themselves look as good as possible to attract more applicants as well as look good to companies that rank law schools, like U.S. News and World Report.

They aren’t the first law school to incorrectly report student information. Villanova University School of Law lied about LSAT and grade point averages for nearly 10 years according to a recent investigation. With all this emphasis on where your law school ranks, I can’t help but think that the Illinois law school won’t be the last one we hear about.
 

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