FROM THE NEW BLOG: Law School, Without the LSAT? Not on the American Bar Association’s (Selective) Watch

Two weeks ago, news broke that Rutgers School of Law–Camden was publicly censured and fined by the American Bar Association for utilizing standardized tests (such as the GRE, the GMAT, or the MCAT) rather than the LSAT to admit a percentage of several incoming classes since 2006.

This made headlines, of course, because it doesn’t happen very often. First of all, admission without the LSAT is actually allowed under certain circumstances, provided a school seeks and is granted a variance from the ABA’s accreditation Standard 503 showing the “validity and reliability” of the alternate test as it applies to getting a juris doctorate. But this Rutgers-Camden failed to do…or at least failed to do for all the years it continued the policy. Second, the ABA doesn’t censure schools all that often. In recent memory, there were two other incidents: when they fined University of Illinois College of Law for “fudging” reported LSAT scores and GPAs in order to boost rankings, and in 2011 when they censured Villanova Law for misreporting admissions data.

That Rutgers–Camden violated ABA regulations doesn’t seem to be in doubt. What’s striking about this story, however, is that with all the energy the ABA expends on policing LSAT violations by law schools, it can’t spare some on the task of compelling law schools to provide employment data that actually mean something to prospective law students.

Read more at the NEW Advise-In Blog…

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on December 19, 2013.

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