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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Law School Employment Data Under Fire

NLJ Cover Following up on my prior posts:

In the September 2010 National Jurist issue: Employment Data Under Fire:

U.S. News changes rankings to avoid manipulation over employment data. But critics argue that the data is "junk" to begin with and change is needed.

"It's clear that more law schools have decided whether to report their graduation employment based on how their actual percentage will compare to the estimate U.S. News will make for them," wrote Robert Morse [Director of Data Research at U.S. News] on his blog in May. ...

Morse said that 74 law schools did not report their at-graduation employment, up from 38 ... in 2005. He cited a story on another blog -- TaxProf Blog -- that question whether some schools were making a mistake by reporting lower data. ...

Paul Caron, author of the TaxProf Blog and professor at the University of Cincinnati, said that the employment data is just "junk" to begin with. "It is junk when you count flipping burgers as a job," he said. "And schools are hiring their own graduates." ..

Patrick Lynch and Kyle McEntee, two Vanderbilt Law students, launched the Law School Transparency project this summer, with the hope of gathering better data from the 200 ABA-accredited law schools. ...

Caron said the students are on the right track. It is really a sophisticated effort," he said. "They did a good job with focus groups and drafts [to get feedback]. There is not a lot of extra work for the law schools, and it could be extraordinarily useful data."

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