ABA Asks Law Schools to Check Debt Numbers

Law schools are being asked to double-check figures on average student debt submitted to the American Bar Association after some school officials raised concerns that they may have underreported the figure. The problem came to light after U.S. News & World Report published lists of schools this week with the highest and lowest average student debt. Law schools were supposed to provide the ABA figures on total law school debt for 2010-2011 graduates. Some schools, however, apparently provided the amount of debt incurred by graduating students for just one year of their studies. The debt figures are not used by U.S. News in compiling its rankings, according to Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News. Learn more from the ABA Journal