Friday, March 16, 2012
Robert 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