LSAC Considers Role Confirming Law School LSAT and Grade Stats
Posted Oct 12, 2011 7:17 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The Law School Admission Council is considering an auditing role after recent news reports revealed that two law schools reported inflated statistics about their incoming classes.
LSAC president Dan Bernstine said in a statement (PDF) that some schools have asked the council to confirm statistics provided to the ABA on undergraduate grades and scores on the Law School Admission Test, report the National Law Journal and TaxProf Blog. The council oversees the LSAT and has a database that includes each law school applicant's undergraduate grade point average.
“We are interested in supporting our law school members and the reputation of the law school community generally,” Bernstine said in the statement. “We are working to determine whether we can set up procedures through which we would be able to confirm school-reported LSAT scores and [undergraduate grade point averages] in a reliable and responsible way.”
Bernstine warned that the audited statistics could still be skewed, partly because of law school programs in which students are admitted without taking the LSAT. “If we provided some sort of auditing statement,” he added, “it would confirm only that the school’s reported numbers are accurate for the students the school tells us are at the school.”
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