Friday, May 8, 2009

U.S. News Looks Into Brooklyn Law School's Survey Responses

Robert Morse, of U.S. News and World Report, confirms that the magazine is looking into "reports [that] Brooklyn Law School in New York appears to have given U.S. News only its 2008 full-time entering class admission data for the LSAT, undergraduate grade-point average, and applications and acceptances instead of the requested data combining full-time and part-time students for those same variables."

There is certainly much debate over the U.S. News law school rankings methodology, and--in accordance with the common critiques advanced along these lines--the school has responded to the said allegations in an official statement. Specifically, the school claims that some of the alleged inaccurately reported data was simply provided "consistent with [the school's] prior practice . . . [which was to decline] to provide U.S. News with LSAT/GPA information about [its] part-time students," despite the recent (direct) request.

U.S. News is waiting for the ABA to publish its law school data on May 22, in order to "cross check Brooklyn Law School's and other law schools' statistics with the association's official data."

We will keep you updated on any developments in this story.

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