btp wrote:What is the story with UIUC and this "gaming" everyone is speaking of? Is it one of those things where everyone probably does it, but UIUC were the only ones to get caught? I know Baylor got in trouble a while back, but I don't know the stories behind these schools.
There was this program called iLeap where University of Illinois undergrads could apply directly to the law school during their junior year. If accepted they would be binding ED essentially but not have to take the LSAT. Admissions Dean Paul Pless sent an email basically saying how he traps the little bastards with 4.0's without having to hurt his LSAT medians. Investigations revealed that he had lied about the last three(?) classes medians in order to raise the class's academic profile. I think they released the data saying their LSAT median was 167 when really it was like a 162. He was apparently obsessed with the US News Ranking and doing everything he could to raise it. He was very successful but turned out be completely fraudulent.
iLeap was at its peak (right before the scandal) my first few years at UIUC. The "pre-law" club people were all really obsessed with getting into iLeap. It was extremely competitive, you basically needed a 4.0 to get into it. Always thought those kids were kind of dumb for doing that, with their grades it would be pretty easy to get into U of I Law with just an alright LSAT. Don't know why they were so afraid of that test.