Friday, June 7, 2013
ABA to Vote Today on Proposal to Help CA, NY Law Schools by Pushing Employment Data Collection to 10 Months After Graduation
The ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar today is considering a recommendation from its Data Policy and Collection Committee and pushed by California and New York law schools on to collect graduate employment data ten months after graduation rather than nine months after graduation because those states report bar results later than other states. Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State) and Kyle McEntee (Law School Transparency) oppose the proposed change:
Kyle explained how the committee’s report overlooks the needs of prospective law students, focusing instead on accommodating the interests of law schools. I agree with that critique and return to it below. First, however, I want to focus on some mistakes in the committee’s interpretation of the data provided to them by committee member Jerry Organ. Professor Organ was kind enough to share his spreadsheets with me, so I did not have to duplicate his work. He did an excellent job generating raw data for the committee but, as I explain here, the numbers cited by the committee do not support its recommendation. Indeed, they provide some evidence to the contrary. ...
The committee’s case for the proposed change is weak: the cited data don’t support the recommendation, the method of analyzing the data is simplistic, and the report doesn’t discuss costs of the proposal. Worse, law students and graduates will read the report’s reasoning as focused on the reputation of law schools, rather than as concerned about providing helpful, timely information to the people who we hope will work in our legal system. The committee could improve its analyses and reasoning, but the better move would be to reject the proposal and focus on more important matters.
- National Law Journal: Late Bar Exam Results May Crimp Law Schools' Jobs Numbers, by Karen Sloan