Is Villanova law school the only US school fudging the figures?

February 10, 2011 The dean of the Villanova University School of Law, John Y. Gotanda, has admitted that the school had knowingly reported inaccurate data to the American Bar Association.

This article speculates that Villanova law is not alone in reporting dodgy data to the ABA or the data-gatherers at the U.S. News & World Report. Indiana University law professor Bill Henderson has been quoted as saying of law schools and their self-reporting standards: “Enron-type accounting standards have become the norm . . . Every time I look at this data, I feel dirty.”

While Villanova has admitted to fudging grades and LSAT scores, there is also a danger that the lack of regulation of reporting requirements for universities could lead to warped figures for employment statistics, painting a portrait of the legal industry that is much healthier than it actually is.


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