Law schools game weak reputation rankings, which could be fixed,
if the law schools, the bar association, or the ranking organization
wanted to. If anyone doubts that reputational rankings can have massive effects on ranked organizations, read this.
How hard could a 3.0 be? Really hard, it turned out. That might have
been obvious if Golden Gate published a statistic that law schools are
loath to share: the number of first-year students who lose their merit
scholarships. That figure is not in the literature sent to prospective
Golden Gate students or on its Web site.
Why would a school offer more scholarships than it planned to renew?
The short answer is this: to build the best class that money can buy,
and with it, prestige. But these grant programs often succeed at the
expense of students, who in many cases figure out the perils of the
merit scholarship game far too late.