WBEZ | law school http://www.wbez.org/tags/law-school Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en It's news-quizzin' time! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/its-news-quizzin-time-105270 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Q.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/meyerson-wbez-news-quiz-no-4" target="_blank"><img alt="Meyerson WBEZ News Quiz No. 4" src="http://home.comcast.net/~cmeyerson/Q.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 77px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>It&#39;s that time again. Test your knowledge of the news over the last week, as recounted in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson">the pages of this blog</a>. Study up, then click below. (Or click below and consult the blog as you go along; we&#39;re not fussy.)</p><div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js" charset="UTF-8"></script><noscript><a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/meyerson-wbez-news-quiz-no-4">Take Meyerson WBEZ News Quiz No. 4</a></noscript><script type="text/javascript"> polldaddy.add( { type: 'iframe', auto: true, domain: 'cpm.polldaddy.com/s/', id: 'meyerson-wbez-news-quiz-no-4' } ); </script><p>&nbsp;</p><strong><em>Four things for your weekend:</em></strong><p><strong>&#39;JOURNALISTS ARE ON NOTICE. IF YOU INVESTIGATE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, CHINESE HACKERS WILL COME AFTER YOU.&#39; </strong>Slate&#39;s&nbsp;Farhad Manjoo says <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/01/new_york_times_chinese_hackers_the_attack_against_the_newspaper_of_record.html">reporters need to learn two lessons</a> from the hacking of <em>The New York Times</em>, the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> and others.<br />* The&nbsp;<em>NYT</em>&#39;s squeamishness about the S-word leads it to print&nbsp;<a href="http://daily-download.com/york-times-censor-failure/">a Web address that just doesn&#39;t work</a>.<br />* &quot;<em><a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-onion-freely-and-happily-gives-its-employees-p,31102/">The Onion</a></em><a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-onion-freely-and-happily-gives-its-employees-p,31102/"> Freely And Happily Gives Its Employees&#39; Passwords To China</a>.&quot;</p></div><p><b><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/law-school-applications-are-collapsing-as-they-should-be/272729/"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/business/NALP_Law_School_Grads_Employment_Corrected.PNG" style="width: 300px; height: 164px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>LAW SCHOOL SQUEEZE.&nbsp;</b>Applications are headed toward a 30-year low, and Jordan Weissmann of <em>The Atlantic</em> calls it &quot;a desperately needed adjustment&quot; because &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/law-school-applications-are-collapsing-as-they-should-be/272729/#">the legal economy is in a shambles</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;THE GUNS-FOR-EVERYONE ADVOCATES HATE THAT STATISTIC.&#39; </strong>Handgun-owning Democrat Stephen King -- yes, <em>that</em> Stephen King -- has published <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B53IW9W/ref=amb_link_355097102_14?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=center-3&amp;pf_rd_r=1BZMET2KN2W4Z23TNJM7&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=1479955982&amp;pf_rd_i=2486013011">a 99-cent ebook essay</a>&nbsp;spotlighting a 60 percent drop in gun homicides since Australia cracked down on guns.<br />* <em>PolitiFact.com:</em> <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jan/31/stephen-king/stephen-king-says-australia-cracked-down-guns-homi/">Numbers back him up</a>.<br />* <em>Mother Jones:</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check">10 pro-gun myths shot down</a>.</p><p><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="169" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aTLySbGoMX0" width="300"></iframe><strong>OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE, FREE.&nbsp;</strong>If you didn&#39;t see &quot;Wreck-It Ralph,&quot; you probably haven&#39;t seen the touching piece that preceded it, &quot;Paperman,&quot; one of the contenders for the animated short award. But <a href="http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/01/disney-paperman-online/">Disney&#39;s released it to the Web via YouTube</a>, and so you can see it here. If &quot;Love Actually&quot; had been good, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57566909/disneys-oscar-nominated-paperman-debuts-online/">it would&#39;ve looked more like this</a>. (Catch the homage to &quot;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048980/">The Red Balloon</a>&quot; at 5:39.) You&#39;re welcome.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* <a href="http://www.this-page-intentionally-left-blank.org/">This space intentionally left blank</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/its-news-quizzin-time-105270 Graduates sue local law schools over job data http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/graduates-sue-local-law-schools-over-job-data-96136 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/law library crowded.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>How many consumer decisions are made based on a pitch, a testimonial or a company claim? Law schools use post-graduate employment numbers to attract students--and those statistics have gotten some schools in trouble. Chicago's John Marshall Law School is among more than a dozen facing class action lawsuits claiming they used inflated job numbers to get more people to enroll.</p><p>Staci Zaretsky, an editor of the popular legal blog, "<a href="http://abovethelaw.com/" target="_blank">Above the Law</a>," helped <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> examine the state of the legal profession. Zaretsky graduated from law school in 2010 and struggled to find a job in her field. Listeners shared their perspectives and experiences too.</p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/graduates-sue-local-law-schools-over-job-data-96136 Inflated grade problems continue for the U of I law school http://www.wbez.org/story/inflated-grade-problems-continue-u-i-law-school-92595 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-29/uofi_flickr_janetandphil.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New information released by the University of Illinois law school indicates that the school's inflated grade inaccuracies are more serious than <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/u-i-says-data-incoming-law-school-class-was-%E2%80%98inflated%E2%80%99-91856">they first appeared</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In early September, the University reported that grade point averages and median Law School Admissions Test scores of incoming law students had been inflated on the school's website and in promotional publications. Now, an investigation conducted by outside advisory firm Duff &amp; Phelps, and Theodore Chung of the Jones Day law firm, indicates that inaccurate data for the classes of 2011 through 2013 had been released to the American Bar Association and <em>U.S. News World &amp; Report</em>. (The ABA uses this data as part of the university's application for accreditation;<em> U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> is&nbsp;responsible for ranking law schools around the country.) Inaccurate data from the class of 2014 was also found, though it had not been released to the ABA and <em>U.S. News</em>, and was only found in marketing materials released by the University.</p><p>The research into the past ten years of class profiles show the numbers for the class of 2014 were inflated the most; LSAT scores from 163 to 168, and GPA from 3.70 to 3.81. The University has additionally clarified that GPAs are reported in 1/10th increments, and 1/100 for promotional materials.&nbsp;</p><p>LSAT scores for the classes of 2011 through 2013 were inflated no more than one point, while GPA's for those same classes fluctuated between 1 to 2 10th of a percentage point. The accurate numbers have been verified and corrected online.</p><p>"We've obviously been very proud, and continue to be very proud of our law school," said University spokesman Thomas Hardy. "All the students there, the first years, as well as the second and third year students, are exceptional students...and candidates for admission at many of the top law schools in the country. Our graduates go on to have exceptional law careers in a number of different fields."</p><p>"This is disappointing, and it's embarrassing, and we're taking steps to correct it," Hardy added, "but I think this doesn't change the fact that these are outstanding students, and we have an exceptionally strong college of law at a major public institution in the United States."</p><p>Hardy said the University is looking into using an independent auditor to check scores in the future. He said the University was in touch with both the ABA and <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em>, and that they were ready to do whatever those organizations felt was necessary to rectify the situation. Calls to both ABA were not returned. Bob Morse,&nbsp;director of data research for <em>U.S. News,</em>&nbsp;said he thought the incident should be a deterrent to other schools who might consider doing the same thing.</p><p>"Is it troubling? Yes. But I think the real issue that the school is misrepresenting to the ABA," said Morse.</p><p>As the investigation is ongoing, it has not been determined who is responsible for the spread of misinformation. But Hardy said the University is "getting close to wrapping it up" so they can "pinpoint how [this] happened, and how we can take measures to insure that it doesn't happen again."</p><p>In early September, College of Law admissions dean Paul Pless was placed on leave, and the investigation was initiated. In a statement, University of Illinois President Michael J. Hogan said, "Reporting erroneous data is absolutely unacceptable. The University, the campus and the College of Law place the highest priority on accuracy and integrity, and we will take measures to ensure that this never happens again."</p><p>For 2011, <em>U.S. News</em> ranked the school 23 out of all law schools in the country.</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/inflated-grade-problems-continue-u-i-law-school-92595 U of I says data for incoming law school class was ‘inflated’ http://www.wbez.org/story/u-i-says-data-incoming-law-school-class-was-%E2%80%98inflated%E2%80%99-91856 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-12/UI UC_Flickr_Miracc.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>University of Illinois officials say a law school dean of admissions is on administrative leave after the university received complaints that grade and standardized test data for the incoming class had been inflated on university literature.</p><p>Tom Hardy, spokesman for the university, said the school recieved calls that the data -- grade point averages and median Law School Admissions Test scores of incoming law students -- had been inflated on the school's website and in promotional publications. The university's ethics office recieved the first tip in August, and Hardy said the college community was informed of the issue on Friday.</p><p>Hardy said he doesn't think this will cast a bad light on the school's reputation.</p><p>"We have one of the top law schools in the country and we have had for some time. I don't think-- barring something I don't know -- that would alter that situation," he said.</p><p>Hardy said the university will also be conducing an investigation, lead by the ethics and unversity council offices. The University of Illinois has hired Duff &amp; Phelps, an independent advisory firm, and Theodore Chung of the Chicago office of the law firm Jones Day to conduct the review.</p><p>The College of Law snapshot data has multiple purposes: it can be used for recruiting students, for prospective students to figure out how they measure up with the current class, and also as part of the university's application for accreditation to the American Bar Association. The ABA has spoken out against law schools in the past that have intentionally inflated their test and GPA data. Last month, the ABA sanctioned Villanova University's law school for innacurately reporting data about their incoming class, calling their actions "reprehensible." An ABA spokeswoman said she could not comment on the University of Illinois investigation.</p><p>Ranking agencies like <em>US News and World Report </em>use the data in their annual reports. The University of Illinois Law School <a href="http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/university-of-illinoisurbanachampaign-03053">ranked 23rd on the most recent list</a> of the nation's top law schools in its publication.</p><p>The university will not release the name of the dean who is on leave. John Columbo has taken over as acting dean of admissions for the law school.</p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/u-i-says-data-incoming-law-school-class-was-%E2%80%98inflated%E2%80%99-91856