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The University of Illinois confirmed on Sept. 19 that its College of Law inflated the credentials of its incoming class on the school’s Web site. The law school had reported a median score on the Law School Admission Test of 168, when in fact the correct median score was 163, the university said. Similarly, the school reported a median grade point average of 3.81, when the correct figure was 3.70. The university’s ethics office launched an investigation into the published figures after being tipped off on Aug. 26 that the numbers it provided on its Web site and in several law school publications were incorrect. “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,” said Richard Wheeler, provost of the university’s Champaign-Urbana, Ill., campus. “The 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.” The inaccurate credentials provided for the new law class had not yet been reported to the American Bar Association, and investigators were examining the veracity of the student credentials reported in previous years. The university did not specify the cause of the incorrect numbers or whether they were intentional. The school reported to the ABA that last year’s incoming class had a median LSAT score of 167 and a median GPA of 3.80. Those figures are much closer to the incorrect numbers provided this year than the actual figures uncovered by the investigation. Median LSAT and GPA scores tend not to fluctuate significantly year-to-year. Earlier this year, an investigation revealed that Villanova University School of Law had falsified LSAT and GPAs since at least 2002. The school was censured by the ABA. Karen Sloan can be contacted at [email protected].

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