The New York Times just exposed one of the various scams law schools utilize to attract new students in a market with an ever dwindling demand for new lawyers. This recently revealed law school hucksterism is a blatant attempt by law schools to artificially raise their standing in the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings of law schools by offering merit scholarships to students with high GPA’s and LSAT scores. The scam is built on a system that requires students to maintain what appears to be an easily achievable grade point average, often, simply a “B” average. But, these law schools maintain an Orwellian mandatory grading curve which makes it virtually mathematically impossible for many, if not most, law students to maintain this average.
Thus, law schools bait students to enroll in lower tier law schools by offering merit scholarships which simply disappear after the first year. Students, in for a dime, in for a dollar, are then faced with the choice of spending tens of thousands of dollars of their own money – or family or borrowed money – to complete their law school education only to wind up with a bottom tier law school diploma and extremely remote job prospects.
Ethical propriety, full and fair disclosure still remain outside the scope of the lexicon or mores of law school deans and admissions officers. Sadly, it seems more important to them to teach, by example, ways to game and beat the system.
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