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Uh-oh: Law school deans and U.S. News “may have committed felonies” in “publishing false info”

March 22, 2012

According to Prof. Mark Perry

A paper by two professors at Emory University School of Law, provocatively titled “Law Deans in Jail” reports:

“A most unlikely collection of suspects – law schools, their deans, U.S. News & World Report and its employees – may have committed felonies by publishing false information as part of U.S. News’ ranking of law schools.

The possible federal felonies include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, and making false statements.

Some law schools and their deans submitted false information about the schools’ expenditures and their students’ undergraduate grades and LSAT scores.

Others submitted information that may have been literally true but was misleading. Examples include misleading statistics about recent graduates’ employment rates and students’ undergraduate grades and LSAT scores.

U.S. News itself may have committed mail and wire fraud.

It has republished, and sold for profit, data submitted by law schools without verifying the data’s accuracy, despite being aware that at least some schools were submitting false and misleading data.

U.S. News refused to correct incorrect data and rankings errors and continued to sell that information even after individual schools confessed that they had submitted false information.

In addition, U.S. News marketed its surveys and rankings as valid although they were riddled with fundamental methodological errors.”

Geez, if you can’t even trust law school deans

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