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Are Law Schools Deceiving Students by Offering Merit Scholarships?

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  • Are Law Schools Deceiving Students by Offering Merit Scholarships?

    There has been a steady drumbeat of criticism that law schools do a poor job of informing prospects of their likelihood of landing a job and paying back the debts levels they will incur to get a coveted J.D.

    The following year, WSJ had reported about how some law school were parking applicants with relatively low LSAT scores and GPAs into part-time programs, so that students’ modest pedigrees would not hurt the schools’ U.S. News rankings.

    The New York Times Sunday furthered our collective loss of innocence with this piece about how some schools lure top students with offers of merit scholarships that pay thousands of dollars annually. The schools bolster their U.S. News rankings by attracting academic overachievers, but there’s a catch: the students must maintain high GPAs to retain their scholarships, which students often are unable to do partly because schools grade on a curve, thus ensuring that only a small percentage of student will earn the sort of grades needed to retain their scholarship money, according to the Times.

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