UI releases revised info on law school students

UI releases revised info on law school students

URBANA — The University of Illinois today posted corrected average grades and test scores from its entering law school class, even as it continues a probe into the publication of inflated data on its website last month.

The independently verified data show that first-year law students had a median grade point average of 3.70 and a median score of 163 on their Law School Admission Test, according to a UI news release.

Information posted in August incorrectly listed the median LSAT score as 168 and the median GPA as 3.81, the release said.

That data was questioned and brought to the attention of the University Ethics Office. The UI withdrew the information from the website, and the Office of University Counsel launched an inquiry with help from the law firm Jones Day and independent data analyst Duff & Phelps.

Paul Pless, assistant dean for admissions in the law school, was placed on leave following the incident.

Duff & Phelps performed a forensic analysis of the original LSAT and GPA data that had been provided by the Law School Admissions Council, the national clearinghouse for law school admissions, to determine and verify the accurate profile data, according to the UI.

The erroneous information for the class of 2014 had not been reported to the American Bar Association, the accrediting institution for law schools, or to organizations that rank colleges. As part of its inquiry, the UI self-reported the matter to the ABA and has kept it informed about the situation.

"The University of Illinois College of Law sincerely regrets the inaccuracy of our previous posting, and the confusion and concern that this matter has caused," Richard Wheeler, provost of the Urbana-Champaign campus, said in a release. "This University places the highest priority on accuracy and integrity. All data and any causes of error will be reviewed rigorously and comprehensively, with appropriate action taken. We will share the outcome of our inquiry into this matter as soon as it is thoroughly addressed."

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