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Law schools hush-hush on job-placement stats

New study says law schools are keeping student employment data hidden

According to a new study by Law School Transparency, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the transparent flow of law school consumer information, the country’s law schools are remaining quiet on the employment data of 2010 law school graduates, despite pressure to be more forthcoming with numbers.

Some of the Winter 2012 Transparency Index Report’s findings include:

  • 27% of law schools don’t provide information on their websites that can be evaluated
  • 51% of law schools wouldn’t report how many students responded to job-placement surveys
  • 26% said whether their graduates actually landed legal jobs, as opposed to jobs that don’t require a J.D.
  • 17% reported how many students were employed in full-time vs. part-time jobs
  • 49% reported some salary information, but much of those schools (78%) provided the information in a way that was misleading

“Taken together, these and other findings illustrate how law schools have been slow to react to calls for disclosure, with some schools conjuring ways to repackage employment data to maintain their images,” the organization said in the executive summary of the report.

Recently, the American Bar Association made changes to its data collection of students’ employment for law schools in an effort to audit job-placement.


Cathleen Flahardy

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