Law schools inflate grades

Some law schools are inflating grades to help students find jobs, reports the New York Times.

One day next month every student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles will awake to a higher grade point average.

But it’s not because they are all working harder.

The school is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years. The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market.

In the last two years, at least 10 law schools have changed their grading systems to give students higher GPAs.  “Some recruiters at law firms keep track of these changes and consider them when interviewing, and some do not,” reports the Times.

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  1. wahoofive says:

    Good to see our grad schools inculcating the next generation with a sense of ethics and honesty.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Doesn’t really matter anyway.

    Grades in law school matter most on a comparative basis, referenced against how good the school is (as measured by US News, most likely). The top ten percent of the class is still going to be the top ten percent of the class no matter how much you inflate the grades.

    I think Loyola is being silly. Whenever a resume would pass my desk when I was working in law, I always took a few second to look up the curve for the school if their class rank wasn’t prominent. I can’t imagine that people whose decisions on hiring actually matter (mine didn’t, at least not terribly) aren’t going to do the same.


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