Monday, June 18, 2012
ABA Press Release, ABA and LSAC Announce Program for Reporting of Entering-Class Data:
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 [Illinois, Villanova] 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.
Although law schools will now be required to provide entering-student data in the ABA Annual Questionnaire each fall, participation in the certification process is voluntary and is being offered on a pilot basis for the 2012-13 academic year at no cost. Law schools that receive voluntary certification of their students’ credentials from the ABA and LSAC are free to publicize that fact, giving further assurance about the accuracy of the data.
(Hat Tip: LSAT Blog.)
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