In the past, law schools haven't always been accurate in reporting the GPAs and LSATs of their entering (1L) classes. Essentially, they've sometimes lied about their numbers in order to game the U.S. News rankings.
In an attempt to verify the accuracy of these statistics, the Law School Admission Council is now partnering with the American Bar Association.
CHICAGO, June 15, 2012 – The American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the Law School Admission Council today informed law school deans about a program for schools to certify the accuracy of their reporting of entering-class academic credentials.
“Many schools have expressed an interest in such a program,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. “In an environment where the actions of a few schools have raised questions in the minds of some about the integrity of data reporting by law schools more generally, this program gives schools a straightforward and efficient method to have their admissions data verified and to assure that they are accurately reporting admissions data to the ABA and to the public. We appreciate the efforts of the LSAC to make this possible.”
To make the certification program possible, the ABA is now requiring schools to report their information about their first-year students. The ABA and LSAC will use these reports to correlate and cross-check students and provide to schools that request it a report of their entering-class credentials. Reports for each school will include the 25th, median and 75th percentile undergraduate grade point averages and LSAT scores.
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