ABA Journal


Education Law

How widespread is issue of misreporting admissions data to US News?

Feb 6, 2013, 06:35 pm CST


In my opinion, the U.S. News rankings are one of the principle things wrong with our profession.

But we will always find a way to rank ourselves against each other and feel superior to our neighbors. I guess we're hard-wired that way.

By Another Andy on 2013 02 06, 7:43 pm CST

Agree with Another Andy. US News has found a way to exploit a perverse weakness in our national character, for profit. The magazine is a classic example of one of the worst players in capitalism - the parasite. If there's a god, Robert Morse has some bad times in front of him. If there's not a god he'll at least have to live with the fact that his life has been one continuous violation of the "first do no harm" principle.

By Pushkin on 2013 02 06, 8:34 pm CST

The story isn't exclusively about law school admissions data, it is in regard to college/university admission data that was allegedly fabricated and sent to US News. Law schools and the legal profession are the tip of the iceberg.

Of course, what is not being said is that this has the exact same script as the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the 2000 dotcom bust and the 1980s S&L crisis (you can add 1970s oil/gold, 1930s stock market/depression and the 1907 banking crisis as well as infinitely many other bubbles). The actors in the cast are different, script is the same.

My advice to anyone in higher-ed right now: get out while the gettin' is good.

By KG on 2013 02 06, 9:30 pm CST

Who really cares? It's the misreported placement data that gets more of the focus.

By B. McLeod on 2013 02 07, 12:06 am CST

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