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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ABA Proposes Annual Audits of Law School Placement Data

ABA Logo 2The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is considering a Protocol for Reviewing Law Graduate Employment Data, and Statement of Procedures for Collecting, Maintaining and Reporting Law Graduate Employment Data:

The ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools require schools to collect and report data on law graduate employment outcomes, and to do so in a manner that is complete, accurate and not misleading. The ABA and the law schools that it accredits share a common interest in promoting confidence in the integrity of the employment data that are reported by schools.

This Protocol for Reviewing Law Graduate Employment Data (Protocol) and accompanying Statement of Procedures for Collecting, Maintaining and Reporting Law Graduate Employment Data (Statement) are intended to promote confidence by the ABA, law schools, law school applicants, and other interested parties that law graduate employment information is accurate, complete and not misleading, as required by Standard 509 of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. The Protocol, in Part I below, outlines the processes that will be followed in reviewing reported data to determine whether it is complete, accurate and not misleading. The Statement, in Part II below, prescribes the documentation practices that will ensure that schools maintain proper supporting documentation for their reported graduate employment outcomes. ... While this Protocol and Statement are designed to uncover inaccurate, incomplete or misleading reporting where it exists, a principal goal is to mandate that schools maintain supporting documentation that will substantiate their reported data. ...

This Protocol for Reviewing Law Graduate Employment Data addresses the review of employment outcomes data reported to the ABA or presented to the public. There will be four separate types of reviews:

  1. ABA Standard 509 Website Compliance Review:  All ABA accredited schools will be subject to this type of review.
  2. Random School Review:  At least 10 schools each year will be selected at random for this type of review.
  3. Random Graduate Review:  Random reviews will be conducted on a statistically sound sample of graduates drawn from the population of all graduates of ABA accredited law schools.
  4. “Red Flag” Review:  Schools currently under sanction for submitting inaccurate consumer data, and schools the ABA has reason to believe may be a risk for false or inaccurate reporting, will be subject to this type of review.

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Comments

"complete, accurate and not misleading."

Everything you need to know about the historic ethics and integrity of law schools is manifested by the fact that it took until 2013 to get this proposed.

And that it has a high probability of being rejected...

Posted by: cas127 | Dec 10, 2013 2:06:36 PM

And in a clear second sign of the pending Apocalypse, Leiter gets it right...

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2013/12/aba-considering-random-audits-of-employment-data-posted-by-schools.html

Posted by: cas127 | Dec 10, 2013 2:11:13 PM

Hmmm...just a thought to speed this up and expand the reviewed universe greatly...why not have the ABA/NALP/etc. pay for the small expense of having Martindale and/or other law firm directory providers provide a market-wide *census* matching law schools to current firm placement.

Sure, not all "employed" lawyers are in the directories - but a *lot* are.

The information that a systematic analysis of data that the directory companies already have in their possession would be of immense utility and come at an infinitely faster rate than what the terminally conflicted ABA and NALP are likely to cough up.

H*ll, didn't someone just publish a fairly broad placement analysis online recently, gratis (I'm hunting up the link - I think the analysis may have been limited to a subset of recent grads).

If someone can do this for free - Martindale et al can do it much better/broader for a small fee...

Posted by: cas127 | Dec 12, 2013 2:35:40 AM

Bingo -

I was thinking of the broad placement outcome work cited here -

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwhiteboard/2013/12/did-the-market-for-law-firm-associates-peak-25-years-ago-1.html

Mr. Parker-Stephen at Lawyer Metrics might be able to talk to Martindale, etc. and generate a cumulative law school-to-firm (and firm characteristic) census in *an afternoon* if Martindale, etc. will provide free, open access to their underlying database.

I imagine a limited number of SQL searches could yield the total number of grads, by school, by year who are employed by directory listed firms (by state, by associate/partner status, etc).

The directories already have a *ton* of data on outcomes in the profession.

Let's use it - **now**.

Posted by: cas127 | Dec 12, 2013 2:44:00 AM