Friday, July 8, 2016
National Jurist: Employment on the Rise, by Katie Thisdell:
Five law schools [Pace, BU, Hofstra, St. John's, Drexel] have improved their employment rates by an average of 5 percent or more during the past five years. ... Thirty-four law schools saw upward trends of 3 percent or more over this period. Of the 199 schools with more than three years worth of employment data analyzed, the vast majority had a positive trend line, even if just slight. Fifty-two schools saw less than a 1 percent increase over this time period.
Meanwhile, 41 schools saw an overall drop in their employment rates for the five-year period. Four had a downward trend greater than 4 percent, and three of those were in Texas — St. Mary’s University, South Texas College of Law and Texas Southern University.
In its employment rate formula, National Jurist assigns specific "weights" to different job types, effectively valuing some jobs more than others. Full time, long term jobs that require bar passage are the only positions that are given full weight. All other jobs are assigned less weight as follows: assigned less weight as follows:
- Bar Passage Required: Full-time, Long Term is counted at 100%
- Bar Passage Required: Full-time, Short Term 70%
- JD Advantage: Full-time, Long Term 70%
- Professional position: Full-time, Long Term 60%
- Bar Passage Required: Part-time, Long Term 50%
- JD Advantage: Part-time, Long Term 40%
- JD Advantage: Full-time, Short Term 40%
- Bar Passage Required: Part-Time, Short Term 30%
- Professional position: Part-time, Long Term 30%
- Professional position: Full-time, Short Term 30%
- JD Advantage: Part-Time, Short Term 10%
- Non-Professional position: Full-time, Long Term 10%
- All other categories received no value.