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Friday, March 16, 2012

University of St. Thomas Reported Inflated Placement Data to U.S. News

U.S. News LogoRobert Morse, Director of Data Research for U.S. News, announced yesterday that "University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis advised U.S. News that it overreported the number and proportion of its 2010 graduates who had jobs at graduation."  St. Thomas  moved up to #119 in the rankings this year, making it the second-highest law school in Minnesota (behind #19 University of Minnesota).  Last year, St. Thomas tied with William Mitchell at #135 (William Mitchell is #127 this year).

St. Thomas reported an 80.6% employed at graduation rate, which counts 4% in the U.S. New methodology.  (University of Minnesota reported a 79.6% employed at graduation rate.)  St. Thomas now admits that the correct figure was 32.9%.  Last year, St. Thomas was one of 59 schools that did not report its employed at graduation data to U.S. News, apparently taking advantage of the rankings loophole that U.S. News closed this year.

Update:  National Law Journal, Law School's Ranking Might be Based on Faulty Data

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80.6% or 32.9%, sounds close enough to me.

Posted by: anymouse | Mar 16, 2012 8:57:48 AM

80.6% or 32.9%, sounds close enough to me.

Posted by: anymouse | Mar 16, 2012 8:58:32 AM

Some argue that law students didn't rely on employment data when they signed up for school. Nonsense. (I certainly did.) The fact that St. Thomas so egregiously fibbed on its its employment stat shows just how important that stat is. The actual figure is less than half of St. Thomas's original reported figure! If St. Thomas didn't think employment stats mattered, it never would have blatantly lied about the stat.

If any St. Thomas administrators hold a law license, time to call up the Minnesota OLR and have them look at whether those licenses should be suspended or revoked. I seem to recall from Professional Responsibilities class that lawyers should not engage in deceit or dishonesty.

Posted by: Saddened Millenial | Mar 16, 2012 1:46:06 PM

It's not just that the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota egregiously fibbed but they have taken a new tactic by admitting to it. This certainly dilutes culpability.

What is almost comedic is St. Thomas Law in Florida has been taken to court for the numbers game. I stress "almost" comedic.

Buyer beware!!!

Posted by: J. Strome | Mar 23, 2012 9:02:21 AM