Young adults straight out of law school are finding that their expensive and arduous degree may not be able to secure them an immediate position in the competitive workforce. To ensure that their academic reputations retain their prestige, and maintain student rosters, some law schools are relying on inflation to keep their alumni one-step ahead of the competition.
Law schools across the country are struggling with how they can make their graduates more appealing to recruiters. Some are holding on-campus interviews earlier in the year; others are offering students stipends if they accept unpaid internships. However, at least 10 law schools have changed their grading systems to inflate their students’ grades to make them more attractive job candidates.
Some large firms don’t see the need to track which institutions are partaking in "grade reform". They receive a large volume of applications, feel confident that they can identify unusual increases in grades, and will compensate accordingly.
However, smaller employers aren’t as lucky. With a smaller applicant pool, and fewer resources to devote to staying up to date with grade reform, recruiters at these organizations may have a harder time judging which grades have been "reformed."
New York Times