Since prospective law professors are suing law schools on the basis of age discrimination, it did not take long for law students to follow suit. C. Michael Kamps of Rockwall, Texas, is suing Baylor Law School for age discrimination on the grounds that he went to college before the use of grade inflation — resulting in a discriminatory impact based on his age.
The complaint below includes an interesting presentation of the grade differential in universities over time. A certified accountant, Kamps actually did quite well on that LSAT and I am a bit surprised that he was not admitted at Baylor. He scored in the 97th percentile with a score of 169. However, he only had a 3.2 grade point average at Texas A & M when he graduated in 1979. Knowing this was likely to be a problem, he submitted proof that this GPA put him in the top 25 percent of his school at the time. Nevertheless he was waited listed and not admitted. As with the lawsuit in Iowa, he is also alleging that he was retaliated against for suing the school.
The lawsuit also includes a speadsheet mistakenly released by Baylor showing the LSAT scores and GPAs of Baylor’s incoming fall of 2012 class. Baylor asked students to delete the email and keep the information a secret. Kamps found that his combined scores were better than 68 percent of the students.
I must confess that I do not see why these scores would not place Kamps in the class. However, schools use a multivariate selection process in such selections. That makes it difficult to challenge such decisions. Yet, many schools rely overwhelmingly on the combined score system, particularly lower ranked schools. The lawsuit highlights the pressures in maintaining a higher combined score due to the weight given to the score by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking.
Baylor is ranked 51st in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
The complaint below make for interesting reading, though the age discrimination claim will be difficult to establish. I do believe, however, that he has a point about the failure to consider the class position in light of the change in grade curves. The problem is that the annual report on scores does not allow schools to differentiate or unilaterally inflate the GPA. Illinois was just sanctioned for false reporting of scores by the ABA.
Source: ABA Journal