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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Peek Behind the U.S. News Rankings Curtain: Law School Hiring of Graduating 3Ls

U.S. News LogoBernard A. Burk (North Carolina) reports some eye-popping numbers of unemployed graduates hired on a short-term basis by several law schools to improve their placement data, which count 18% in the U.S. News rankings (employed at graduation (4%) and employed nine months after graduation (14%)):


        Reported

     School Hires

     Recalculated

     School

Rank

@ Grad

@ 9 Mos

@ Grad

@ 9 Mos

@ Grad

@ 9 Mos

Wash & Lee

24

89.4%

90.2%

41%

10%

48.4%

80.2%

Vanderbilt

16

89.6%

91.6%

21%

11%

68.6%

80.6%

Minnesota

19

 

91.9%

 

14.1%

 

77.8%

Notre Dame

22

 

91.3%

 

12.2%

 

79.1%

Arizona St.

26

 

98.2%

 

12.0%

 

86.2%

NYU

6

 

96.6%

 

7.6%

 

89.0%

Update: Paul Campos (Colorado), How Bad Things Really Are:

Here are a few numbers to add to Burk's list:

  • Fordham:  70 graduates (14.7% of those reporting employment status)
  • Virginia:  40 graduates  (10.9% of the class)
  • Michigan State:  37 graduates   (10.6% of those reporting employment status)
  • Ohio State:  Approximately 14 (6.7% of the class ... )

 

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