Monday, December 19, 2011

Law School Transparency Seeks Employment Data, Again

In 2010, the first time Law School Transparency asked law schools to cough up detailed lists of their graduate employment data, it didn't go so well. The one school that offer to share its data — the Ave Maria School of Law — backed out months later.

The organization hopes for better success this year. It sent letters to every American Bar Association-accredited law school on Dec. 14, asking them to release the graduate job employment report generated by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) for the class of 2010.

The nonprofit group, which aims to improve law school consumer information, wants to plug some gaps in the information the ABA itself is compiling for the class of 2010, and to provide an apples-to-apples comparison of job and salary data to prospective law students before they decide where to apply, said Executive Director Kyle McEntee.

However worthy the effort, I doubt that this group will have much success the second time around. With NALP and the ABA increasing the demand for more specific data, a law school will be more willing and obliged to deal with these established and largely sympathetic organizations as opposed to a private group that takes an aggressive stance and may not hesitate to use data in a critical way. Here’s the link.


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