Thursday, December 9, 2010

ABA law school "Questionnaire Committee" will meet with reps from the Law School Tranparency project on Monday

The ABA "Questionnaire Committee" is undertaking the task of reviewing and possibly revising the form law schools must submit reporting employment data for their most recent grads.   The committee will meet on Monday, December 13, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has asked representatives from the Law School Transparency project to attend and provide input.  As committee chair Dean Art Gaudio has said in a statement:

As you know, the situation for law school graduates who are seeking gainful employment in law firms or otherwise in the legal profession is problematic (to understate the matter). Furthermore, law school applicants are [sic] have difficulty understanding or are simply unable to obtain the information they need to make informed decisions when applying to law schools. As I’m sure you are aware, many assertions have been made about reported placement data – that it’s incomplete, that it’s difficult to understand, that it’s not uniformly reported, that it’s inaccurate, and even that it’s misleading. There have been requests that placement data supplied by law schools about their graduates be more complete, be more informative, be more uniformly reported, and perhaps even be audited. In response, concerns have been raised regarding the confidentiality of graduates and their data, the inability of getting all graduates to respond to requests for data, and that other law schools are not reporting their data as requested. This is not a complete list of the issues, and that is also part of the problem.

This year we have before us a special task – to review and revise where appropriate the reporting of placement data by law schools. . . . Our task is no small one and we are seeking your input and help.

Prospective students ready to plunk down the equivalent of a home mortgage should be able to learn what graduates at the various schools earn before making a final decision.  Kudos to Dean Gaudio and those behind the Law School Transparency project for helping to level the playing field in this regard. 

You can read the rest here courtesy of the Law Transparency Project website.

Hat tip to Elie Mystal at Above the Law.


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