Law school censured & sanctioned

Published 07/24 2012 10:34PM

Updated 07/24 2012 10:58PM

Update: 5:00 pm
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI's College of Law will pay the price, literally, for lying about its incoming students. An investigation last year found students' GPA's and LSAT scores were altered to give the school a better ranking.

The American Bar Association handed down five sanctions Tuesday. School leaders will have to release a censure which basically puts the investigation's findings on public record.

That document will have to be posted on the college's website, specifically the homepage. That way, prospective students can be made aware of the grade-changing scandal.

Next, the college must correct all its misinformation regarding test scores, admissions and so on. That must be sent to all ABA-approved law schools.

It must also hire a compliance monitor for two years to keep tabs on how data is reported. Next, it has to pay $250,000 to an ABA fund which will be used to pay for monitoring how law schools report data.

Finally, the I-Leap program will end. A former assistant dean of admissions started it in 2009 to recruit UI students before they took the LSAT.


Original: 3:34 pm
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI College of Law received sanctions in the form of a public censure from the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The council determined the school violated Standards for Approval of Law Schools.

It requires schools to maintain "sound admissions policies and practices and to publish basic, accurate consumer information." The sanctions are in response to the school intentionally reporting and publishing false admissions data including false LSAT scores and incoming student grade point averages for classes 2005, and 2007 -2011.

Sanctions imposed include:
- public censure
- must issue public corrective statement
- must hire compliance monitor to report admissions process and data for school years 2012-2014
- monetary penalty
- termination of agreement allowing early admissions

To view the entire censure, click here

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