Agreements to Improve Student Aid: An Antitrust Perspective
scholarships, financial aid, legal education, socioeconomic status
Law schools tie much of their scholarship money to LSAT scores and undergraduate grades. By awarding substantial discounts to students with above-median indicators, schools attempt to climb the U.S. News ranking ladder. This practice, as many educators recognize, reduces access to legal education for low-income and minority students. As a result, many schools would like to shift at least some of their scholarship funds to need-based awards. Schools, however, struggle to make that change unilaterally; they worry about losing ground in the rankings race.
Jones Merritt, Deborah and Merritt, Andrew, "Agreements to Improve Student Aid: An Antitrust Perspective" (2017). Law School Admissions. 9.