U. of Illinois Probes Possibly Inaccurate Law School Data

September 12, 2011

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced Sunday afternoon that it is investigating "credible" information about "possible inaccuracies in student profile data" about its law school's class of 2014. The data -- involving median law school entrance test scores and grade point averages of the incoming class -- have been removed from the law school's website. The university said that it is investigating all of its data and that, pending conclusion of this probe, the assistant dean of admissions has been placed on administrative leave, and the associate dean for academic affairs has assumed those duties. The data identified are among those reported to the American Bar Association and used in various rankings of law schools. But a university spokesman said that the data are new, and have not yet been reported and so should not be the basis of any current rankings.

In August, the ABA censured the Villanova University law school over an incident in which it reported inaccurate information in an attempt to raise its rankings. In the most recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the Illinois law school was in a three-way tie for 23rd, which got it (barely) on the top-25 list that many law admissions officials consider crucial.

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