Dean of Law Favours Reviewing All Law Schools’ Admissions Processes

    Scandal surrounding U.S. college admissions makes it timely to check security systems, he says

    March 23, 2019

    The college admission cheating scandal in the United States has prompted Dean Paul Paton of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law to think about the security and integrity of the entire law school admissions process.

    Quoted in a Lawyer’s Daily article posted online on March 22, Paton said questions should be posed not just about whether law school admissions tests (LSAT) are being hacked, but also about decision-making and recommendations processes, the validity and veracity of transcripts, the security protocols concerning admissions officials and the cybersecurity applied to protect law school computer systems.

    “It’s worth asking these questions at any time, but I think the U.S. cheating scandal has put it under a good spotlight again and it’s worth revisiting all of these issues,” he said.

    Paton, whose term as dean concludes in June, will join the board of the Law School Admission Council as a trustee-at-large in May. The council is a nonprofit organization whose members include more than 200 law schools throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, which promotes access and equity in law and education around the world.