Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Vanderbilt 2Ls Patrick J. Lynch and Kyle P. McEntee have posted A Way Forward: Improving Transparency in Employment Reporting at American Law Schools on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The decision to attend law school in the 21st century requires an increasingly significant financial investment, yet very little information about the value of a legal education is available for prospective law students. Prospectives use various tools provided by schools and third parties while seeking to make an informed decision about which law school to attend. This Article surveys the available information with respect to one important segment of the value analysis: post-graduation employment outcomes.
One of the most pressing issues with current access to information is the ability to hide outcomes in aggregate statistical forms. Just about every tool enables this behavior, which, while misleading, often complies with the current ABA and U.S. News reporting standards. In this Article, we propose a new standard for employment reporting grounded in compromise. Our hope is that this standard enables prospectives to take a detailed, holistic look at the diverse employment options from different law schools. In time, improved transparency at American law institutions can produce generations of lawyers who were better informed about the range of jobs obtainable with a law degree.
- Law School Transparancy
- American Lawyer, Law Schools Take Note: Students Push for Better Job Stats
- National Law Journal, Law Students Push Schools for Better Employment Numbers
- ABA Journal, Law Students Push for Transparency, More Info Re: Law School Employment Stats
- Above the Law, Increasing Transparency in Employment Reporting by Law Schools: What Is To Be Done?
- The Faculty Lounge, A Plan for More Comprehensive Law School Graduate Employment Data