Tuesday, May 5, 2015
- Jeremy Telman (Valparaiso), Another Transparency Issue: Conditional Merit-Based Scholarships: "Students who lose their merit-based scholarships for law school will have to choose whether to continue through two more years of law school at full price, transfer to a less expensive law school, or reconsider career options. It is good to have choices. It makes sense for law schools to continue to use conditional merit scholarships to attract students, and most likely, those students will benefit from the opportunities created by those fellowships, whether they enjoy those benefits for one year or three."
- Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall), Are Conditional Scholarships Good for Law Students?: "Professor Telman ... [makes] a powerful argument. Are conditional scholarships yet another example of critics applying a double standard to paint law schools in the worst possible light?"
- Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), Hunger Games: "Some law schools ... impose conditions that, because of mandatory curves in required first-year courses, a significant percentage of recipients will fail to meet. It is mathematically impossible for all scholarship recipients to keep their awards at these schools, and the percentage who will fail is quite predictable to the schools. These are hunger-game scholarships."
- Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall), Scholarships, Grade Inflation, and Motivation: "Given the goal of attracting and retaining the best students, rewarding motivation and ability seems like a reasonable policy. Anecdotes notwithstanding, the evidence suggests that most college and law students understand the terms of conditional scholarships well. "
- Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), More on Grade and Scholarship Quotas: "As I stated in my previous post, the ABA’s rule has cured two of the ills previously associated with high-forfeiture conditional scholarships. Schools may continue to offer them, subject to that rule. It appears that schools differ widely in the operation of these programs. Some offer only a few conditional scholarships, with rare forfeitures. Others offer a large number, with many forfeitures. Still others lie in between. The market will soon tell us which of these paths enhance student enrollment. Now that prospective students know more about how conditional scholarships work at law schools, will they continue to enroll at schools with high forfeiture rates? Time will tell."
- Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall), A Better Grading System and Double Standards Around Occupational Licensing: "Professor Merritt’s critiques follow the standard playbook of law school critics—take something about law schools that is widespread and common out of context, claim that it is somehow unique to law schools when it is neither unique nor unusual, and then demonize it".
- Jeremy Telman (Valparaiso), The Blogosphere Responds to Our Series on Legal Education: "I have only a few quick points to make in response to Professor Merritt, whose remarks are largely critical of the position I have taken here."