C. Michael Kamps, a certified public accountant from Rockwall, earned an LSAT score of 169 and applied to Baylor Law School in Waco.
But on July 19 he filed a pro se age discrimination suit in Austin federal court, alleging the law school denied him fall admission for 2010, 2011 and 2012 and denied him scholarships. He alleges he was accepted to the law school for sessions starting in summer 2010 or spring 2011, but he wanted to start in a fall session, which represents the most competitive of the “three available classes each year.”
In an interview, Kamps says another reason he wanted to begin law school in the fall is because the scholarship he sought is tied to fall admission.
Kamps is suing Baylor University, President Kenneth Starr, members of the law school’s admissions and scholarship committees and others, all in their official capacity.
In his complaint in Kamps v. Baylor University, et al., Kamps alleges the defendants discriminated against him on the basis of his age when they denied him admission and scholarships based on his undergraduate grade point average (GPA). He alleges that, because he earned his undergraduate degree in 1979, his GPA reflects none of the “grade inflation” that has taken place nationwide at universities since the late 1970s.
He also alleges that, after he complained about the alleged age discrimination, one or more of the defendants retaliated against him by not admitting him into the 2012 fall session and acted to increase the weight given to a GPA for determining merit-based scholarship assistance — “a move calculated to mortally injure [Kamps'] scholarship candidacy and simultaneously breathe life into the candidacies of three, much younger applicants.”
Kamps alleges that, by relying on an undergraduate GPA as a standard for measuring applicants from different academic generations, the defendants have created a bias against applicants who received their undergraduate grades prior to the advent of grade inflation.
He argues in his complaint that Baylor should adjust for grade inflation by using undergraduate class rankings or adjusting GPA scores for law school applicants of his academic generation.
Kamps asks the court to declare that the use of an undergraduate GPA, when judging admission applications of different academic generations, is “a disparate standard” and therefore unlawful. Among other things, he also asks the court to order Baylor and the other defendants to admit him to the fall 2013 class; to award him a scholarship and full tuition; and to pay him damages, including punitives, and attorney fees.
Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman says, “We are aware of the suit, but we generally do not comment on pending litigation. It’s my understanding that this has to do with our admissions standards, but we are confident that our admissions decisions, including our law school, are rendered within the boundaries of the law and in a manner that is consistent with our own admissions standards as well as national admissions standards.”