Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar has released on its website (unavailable until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday) placement data from the law school class of 2010. National Law Journal, Data Trove Reveals Scope of Law Schools' Hiring of Their Own Graduates:
The database contains far more detailed employment information than the organization has made public previously. For the first time, the ABA has provided information about the number of graduates in jobs paid for by their law schools; the number of graduates in both short-term and long-term jobs; and the number of graduates working in a variety of different-sized firms and whether those jobs were permanent or temporary. The new data do not include any information about the number of graduates in part-time or full-time jobs, nor any salary information. ...
The new data are available on the ABA's Web site in two forms. Users can search individual schools' employment reports for the class of 2010, or they can download a spreadsheet that includes employment information for all 200 ABA-accredited law schools.
- 27% of ABA-accredited law schools reported that they had not hired any of their 2010 graduates
- 48% of schools reported hiring between 1%-5% of the class of 2010
- 11% of schools hired between 6%-10% of their 2010 graduates
- 9% of schools hired between 11%-15% of the class of 2010
- Three schools hired more than 15% of their classes: CUNY hired the most, at 19%, followed by the McGeorge at 18% and San Francisco at 17% ...
For the most part, lower-tiered schools were not employing their graduates in large numbers, according to the ABA data. Among the top 50 schools as ranked by U.S. News, Georgetown employed 11% of the class of 2010, UCLA employed 12%; Boston University employed 13%; Minnesota employed 14%; and Notre Dame and Fordham employed 15%.
Arizona State reported an employment rate of 98%, with 12% of its class of 2010 in school-funded jobs. Those graduates were in public-interest fellowships at nonprofit organizations for at least six weeks and earn a stipend from the school, said Dean Douglas Sylvester. Some of those fellowships turn into fulltime positions, he said, stressing that the school did not start the program to manipulate its U.S. News ranking. In fact, he noted, U.S. News Director of Data Research Bob Morse has warned that the publication may stop counting graduates as employed if they are paid by their alma maters. "Next year, those graduates won't count as employed [by U.S. News]. See who drops those programs then," Sylvester said. "We're standing by our graduates and trying to do absolutely everything we can to think of to help them."
Of the 43,706 law graduates in 2010, 85% were employed after nine months, the data show, but 14% were in short-term jobs. Additionally:
- 34% of law schools reported that between 1%-10% of their class of 2010 had short-term jobs nine months after graduating
- 38% of law schools reported that between 11%-20% of their 2010 graduates had short-term jobs
- Nearly 13% reported that more than 20% of their class of 2010 had short term jobs. Golden Gate reported the highest percentage of graduates in short-term jobs, at 43%, followed by McGeorge at 41% and San Francisco at 36%