Gaming the System? Lawyers?
Do law schools "game" the system? Is the Pope Catholic?
Last year, my former employee Suzy joined me at the Chicago Law Forum; my former employee Candice joined me at the Atlanta Law Forum. My new employee Erika joined me at UW's Law Fair. Did I have three employees last year, or none? Harvard Law School played that kind of game to reduce its student-faculty ratio (and you'd better believe I have the hard data to back up a statement like that!)
Wisconsin printed "specialty" sheets for a dozen different areas. Each one included contracts, civil procedure, legal research and writing...
Illinois got called on the carpet for counting the "fair market value" of the free internet time given them by Lexis and Nexis in their "expenditures per student."
Cardozo sent a letter to one of my clients (and I presume a lot of other people) saying, "At present, a small number of seats remain unclaimed.... Because your candidacy has been placed on Hold, we would like to grant you first consideration for one of these few seats. If you are interested in being considered for admission to Cardozo at this time, please respond to this email no later than..."
Perhaps the better question is, "Don't you game the system"?
What's wrong with gaming the system?
Women spend thousands of dollars a year on makeup, clothes and hair; men spend it on cars and gyms. Why? "To look good." Isn't that what gaming the system is all about? Every applicant wants to present her- or himself in the best light; why shouldn't law schools?
Even I say that my job is to find the line and put one toe on it.