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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Former Thomas Jefferson Law School Administrator Admits to Cooking Placement Stats

TJLaw School Transparency: Ex-CSO Assistant Director from Thomas Jefferson Admits to Fraud, Alleges Deliberate Scheme by Law School:

In a sworn statement, Karen Grant, a former career services assistant director at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, admits that she fabricated graduate employment outcomes for the class of 2006. Grant alleges that her fraud was part of a deliberate scheme by the law school’s administration to inflate its employment statistics. She also claims that her direct supervisor, Laura Weseley, former Director of Career Services, instructed her on multiple occasions to improperly record graduate employment outcomes and justified the scheme because “everybody does it” thus “it is no big deal.” TJSL could face sanctions from the American Bar Association as severe as losing accreditation.

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The "everybody does it" portion of the statement appears (from outside the Academy) to be largely correct. An official at Claremont/McKenna College in Claremont (it's pretty prestigious and high-ranking) admitted to cooking the GPAs of Freshmen for several years, to boost their stats in U.S. News's annual college issue. The stats are given voluntarily, and at least in the case in California, nothing (as far as I know) happened to the official beyond his being forced to resign. Honesty, these days, has to be enforced, and even then it's tough to trust people...

Posted by: David W. Nicholas | Oct 23, 2012 1:28:18 PM

Students do not rely on law school placement stats just for relative comparisons, but also for absolute numbers. "My school's placement stats were just as bogus as the other school's placement stats" doesn't pay the bills (specifically, the student loans). Furthermore, not every college graduate who is thinking about law school or admitted to law school will attend law school, and many potential students would look at undoctored placement stats and decide to not go at all.

Posted by: bridget | Oct 23, 2012 1:44:44 PM

I really feel bad for the kids whp paid the bloated tuition. Sad indeed.

Posted by: David | Oct 23, 2012 5:40:53 PM

cutting through the hyperbole, the affidavit suggests she was told to call back people who had previously reported being unemployed to see if they were employed by 2/15; but told not to call baxk those who previously reported employment to see if they lost their jobs by 2/15.

If that is the case, much ado about nothing.

Posted by: Junior | Oct 23, 2012 7:22:42 PM

Line 'em up, take 'em out. As if it weren't enough that law schools are price-fixing cartels with federal lending blessing; the one non-durable aspect of the monopoly, supply, had to be juiced with fraud. Enough.

Posted by: alur | Oct 23, 2012 7:31:03 PM

Wow. Why'd he fold? If that was me I'd be too embarrassed to ever admit such a crazy thing.

Posted by: Chris Udall | Nov 7, 2012 5:06:22 PM