Employment Data Overblown By A Number of Law Schools
On 06.03.12, In Legal Industry, by Blake Houser
Lawsuits filed by graduates of some law schools have drawn attention to the expectations of high rankings and the extent to which these schools will go just to promote and advance their standings.
This year, fifteen lawsuits have been filed against law schools, including the University Of San Francisco School Of Law and the Brooklyn Law School in New York, for supposedly blowing up their post-graduation employment data.
Although the University is not part of these lawsuits, it did amended its numbers along with other schools.
Doubtful data drove the American Bar Association in December to ask additional data from accredited law schools, including the number of graduates that have been hired by their own schools.
Paul Rollins, the associate dean for administration at the law school, said, “I think the trend is definitely toward more information, not less.”
The new system of reporting includes all additional details about graduate jobs through a student-by-student profile to the American Bar Association (ABA), to be gathered for a guide.
Although Rollins mentioned that it is still not clear how much of that information the report will hold, the law school is making preparations to have it published on their website after its March 15 release.
Schools will report whether a job prefers or needs a law degree, instead of making it only an industry category like a business or government.
Rollins said that, “It really doesn’t allow for any room to change the data.”
Law schools have been charged of manipulating figures by hiring their own graduates.