Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ABA Won’t Require Law Schools to Report job Statistics

Law schools will not have to report to the American Bar Association the percentage of their 2010 graduates who landed jobs requiring bar passage or the percentage of graduates in part-time jobs.

Those queries will not appear on the questionnaire that law schools will be required to submit next month for the class of 2010. The ABA's questionnaire committee finalized that list of questions on Sept. 23, prompting criticism from some reformers that the ABA is protecting law schools from reporting what would surely be grim statistics. 

The Chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the  Bar states that the statistics will return in another year after the Section refines the definition of which types of jobs count for reporting purposes:

 The questionnaire committee was not acting to protect law schools by omitting the so-called "J.D. preferred" question, insisted chairman Art Gaudio, dean of Western New England College School of Law. It dropped that question this year because members were uncomfortable with the way different types of jobs are defined, he said. In the past, schools reported the percentage of recent graduates in jobs that require bar passage, jobs for which a J.D. was preferred and jobs that did not require a J.D.

"We could not come to a conclusion about what definitions there should be," Gaudio said. "We just couldn't get that done in time. If we were trying to hide anything, we wouldn't be putting [that question] on the questionnaire for the next cycle." 

Here’s the full story from the National Law Journal


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