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Monday, September 12, 2011

Did Illinois Inflate LSAT (168), GPA (3.81) Medians to Goose U.S. News Ranking?

Illinois Logo The University of Illinois College of Law has placed its assistant dean of admissions on administrative leave and hired Jones Day to investigate allegations that the school reported inflated median LSAT (168) and GPA (3.81) medians for the current 1L class.

This is not the first scandal of its kind at Illinois. In 2005, the New York Times reported that the law school goosed its U.S. News ranking by reporting the "fair market value" of the Lexis and Westlaw on-line services provided to its students ($8.78 million), rather than the amount Illinois actually paid to Lexis and Westlaw ($75k - $100k). In 2009, a state commission concluded that the former law school dean "personally and extensively participated in admissions applications in a manner inconsistent with University-sanctioned principles of ethical conduct and fair dealing" (more here).

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