Whether you like it or not, people are going to go back and forth on grade inflation until the end of time. Some think it’s God’s gift to gunners, and some don’t. But if you’ve decided to embark upon your legal career later in life, it may seem like there’s no way to compete with millennials whose college report cards are so littered with inflated grades that they might as well be printed in glitter and accompanied by gold stars.
And that is exactly what one certified public accountant alleges in a lawsuit that he’s filed himself against Baylor Law School — the same school that accidentally released its incoming students’ GPAs and LSAT scores, as you may recall….
C. Michael Kamps is in his fifties, but he still wants to go to law school. (Because why not? He already has a career. Unlike the scenario for most recent law graduates, it won’t be too big of a deal if he can’t get a job.)
The Tex Parte Blog of the Texas Lawyer has the details on Kamps’s complaint:
In his complaint in Kamps v. Baylor University, et al., Kamps alleges the defendants discriminated against him on the basis of his age when they denied him admission and scholarships based on his undergraduate grade point average (GPA). He alleges that because he earned his undergraduate degree in 1979, his GPA reflects none of the “grade inflation” that has taken place nationwide at universities since the late 1970s.
Kamps alleges that by relying on an undergraduate GPA as a standard for measuring applicants from different academic generations, the defendants have created a bias against applicants who received their undergraduate grades prior to the advent of grade inflation.
Based on Baylor’s accidental release of its statistics, Kamps discovered that his combined LSAT score and GPA averages were better than 68 percent of Baylor’s admitted class. In fact, his LSAT score alone was better than 97 percent of the admitted class. You hear that, Boomers? There’s hope for you yet! You’re probably more intelligent because you had the advantage of not growing up in the digital age (where it’s actually appropriate to write “u” instead of “you”).
Kamps alleges in his surprisingly well-written complaint that “[t]he inescapable conclusion is that defendants, in retaliation for plaintiff’s complaint, admitted scores, even hundreds, of candidates with inferior credentials while retaining plaintiff’s application on the wait list.” We don’t think Baylor meant to offend this particular plaintiff, but it seems like he’s got one hell of a sense of self-confidence.
Good luck to Kamps as he fights to right this alleged age discrimination. We’ll let you know how it turns out for him if it ever gets to court.
Click through to the next page to see Kamps’s complaint against Baylor….