AveWatch reports on Ave Maria Law's latest troubles as it settles into Naples, Florida: Declining LSATs.
This news comes on the heels of a very significant legal victory by former Ave Maria School of Law professor Stephen Safranek who accepted a settlement offer in his October 2007 wrongful termination suit against Ave Maria moneyman and controlling power Tom Monaghan, the Ave Maria Foundation, the Law School, and former AMSL Dean and President Bernard Dobranski — see Safranek Wins Settlement from Ave Maria and Monaghan for details.
Update: A reader points me to Ave Maria Law School Settles Into SW Florida which includes the school's own more cheerful account of its current class (2009, which would be the year after the last summarized in the article linked above):
“We had record applications and the credentials of our students have gone up at the same time that we increased class size,” Dean Milhizer said. “Average LSAT scores went up over the previous year. In terms of selectivity, we admitted less than half of the students who applied which is the first time we've ever been that selective.”
The LSAT scores and grade point averages of the incoming class “increased by significant numbers,” according the the law school's director of external affairs, John Knowles.
There are more than 200 new students at the school and the class also has its highest percentage of women to date, the dean said.
Missing from this account, however, is hard data on grades/scores. In due course they'll be reported the ABA, I suppose.