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Friday, October 11, 2013

Brooklyn Dean: Law Schools Use Merit Scholarships To Boost Rankings

Bloomberg LawBloomberg Law:  Dean: Law Schools Use Merit Scholarships to Boost Rankings:

Law schools need to find ways to cut the expense of merit scholarships, which they "use to buy students . . . with high LSATs" to improve the schools' US News rankings, Brooklyn Law School Dean and Patton Boggs Partner Nicholas Allard tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia. The money would be better spent on scholarships for students with financial need, he says.

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Posted by: michael livingston | Oct 11, 2013 5:07:17 AM

(To Dan Filler's question.)

Posted by: michael livingston | Oct 11, 2013 5:09:00 AM

"The money would be better spent on scholarships for students with financial need, he says."

Unless they are trust fund babies, aren't at least 90% of law students in financial need? Grad schools are not supposed to take parental income into account. I understand the argument that the rankings may place a disproportionate emphasis on LSAT scores, but his argument is bunk.

Posted by: Todd | Oct 11, 2013 10:19:57 AM

Sounds like the direction our country is going. Stop rewarding based on merit and start rewarding based on "need". Pretty soon everyone is going to be needy.

Posted by: JP | Oct 11, 2013 10:23:18 AM

And according to this link Brooklyn is number one at using expenditures to chase US News rank: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2013/10/us-news-to-.html

Posted by: JP | Oct 11, 2013 11:06:11 AM