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Law Deans in Jail


Morgan Cloud


Emory University School of Law

George B. Shepherd


Emory University School of Law

February 24, 2012

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-199

Abstract:     
A most unlikely collection of suspects - law schools, their deans, U.S. News & World Report and its employees - may have committed felonies by publishing false information as part of U.S. News' ranking of law schools. The possible federal felonies include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, and making false statements. Employees of law schools and U.S. News who committed these crimes can be punished as individuals, and under federal law the schools and U.S. News would likely be criminally liable for their agents' crimes.

Some law schools and their deans submitted false information about the schools' expenditures and their students' undergraduate grades and LSAT scores. Others submitted information that may have been literally true but was misleading. Examples include misleading statistics about recent graduates' employment rates and students' undergraduate grades and LSAT scores.

U.S. News itself may have committed mail and wire fraud. It has republished, and sold for profit, data submitted by law schools without verifying the data's accuracy, despite being aware that at least some schools were submitting false and misleading data. U.S. News refused to correct incorrect data and rankings errors and continued to sell that information even after individual schools confessed that they had submitted false information. In addition, U.S. News marketed its surveys and rankings as valid although they were riddled with fundamental methodological errors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 78

Keywords: U.S. News rankings, law schools, criminal law

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Date posted: January 25, 2012 ; Last revised: May 15, 2013

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Cloud, Morgan and Shepherd, George B., Law Deans in Jail (February 24, 2012). Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-199. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1990746 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1990746

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A. Morgan Cloud
Emory University School of Law ( email )
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
George B. Shepherd (Contact Author)
Emory University School of Law ( email )
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
404-727-6978 (Phone)
404-727-6820 (Fax)
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