Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The 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:
- ABA Standard 509 Website Compliance Review: All ABA accredited schools will be subject to this type of review.
- Random School Review: At least 10 schools each year will be selected at random for this type of review.
- 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.
- “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.