Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 Legal Education Data Deck

AccessAccess Group, 2015 Legal Education Data Deck: Key Trends on Access, Affordability, and Value:

On February 20, 2015, Access Group released the 2015 Legal Education Data Deck (Data Deck). It is comprised of a set of data points showing trends organized around the three driving principles of Access Group’s research agenda — access, affordability and the value of legal education. The Data Deck was developed for the legal education community, policymakers, and others interested in legal education, to provide them with key pieces of data about national trends in legal education.

In compiling this Data Deck, Access Group has organized publicly available data sets from third parties, including but not limited to the Law School Admission Council, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the National Association for Legal Placement, and the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Access Group is grateful to all of these and other organizations that have made such data available. The Data Deck will be updated throughout the year — Access Group welcomes comments and suggestions so that the Data Deck will continue to be a useful tool for all that review it.


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Is anyone else uncomfortable with the notion that AccessGroup, an erstwhile private student lender owned by the law schools themselves (not that they ever made this disclosure apparent to law school applicants), one that bundled and sold private student loans on Wall Street and was, from what I can gather, not upset at all when those private student loans were made retroactively nondischargeable in bankruptcy ten years ago, is now basically a law-school centric Lumina 2.0, trying to find new, creative, and disingenuous reasons to decry some supposed dire lack of lawyers in the US and that law school is totally affordable and NPV positive and whatnot? The whole thing shrieks of moral hazard.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jul 21, 2015 9:25:17 AM

In your (or another commenter's opinion), how reliable is the "Access Group?"

It seems an organization that is "national originator, holder and servicer of federally guaranteed and private, credit-based loans" and is made up of ABA schools would have a rosy picture of "first year employment rates," etc....

Posted by: ABA Doubter | Jul 21, 2015 7:00:18 AM