Law school raises graduates’ grades to help their job prospects
Friday, April 2, 2010
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Grades of all students who have attended Loyola Law School of Los Angeles since it changed from numeric grades to letter grades in 2004 will be raised, according to a report by Ashley Marchand. Dean Victor J. Gold said “the grading curve was sending incorrect information about our students, and, frankly, it was putting them at an unfair competitive disadvantage in a pretty tough job market.” All grades will be raised one step (for instance, an A- becomes an A), raising GPAs by 0.33. Among California’s ABA-approved law schools, Loyola ranked seventh in the percentage of graduates who passed the bar exam last year, behind the four UC law schools, Stanford and the University of Southern California.