Putting the J.D. to Good Use

Disgruntled law school graduates recently filed a fresh round of lawsuits claiming their schools misrepresented employment statistics for their graduates. (See this post about similar suits filed last summer.) The suits allege the law schools failed to disclose that the employment numbers for recent graduates included (1) jobs for which a law degree is not required (although venti half-caf mocha no whip almost sounds like Latin) and (2) temporary jobs–including jobs created by law schools–that lasted long enough to be included in the post-graduate employment statistics. They also claim the schools misrepresented recent graduates’ starting salaries, data on which I posted about here. According to the Wall Street Journal article linked above,

The employment rate for new graduates last year was 87.6%, the lowest it has been since 1996, according to the National Association for Law Placement’s report on employment and salary for the class of 2010. But only 68.4% had jobs that required passage of the bar exam, and nearly 27% of jobs reported were classified as temporary . . . The lawsuits allege the percentage of graduates working full-time in the legal profession may be as low as 60%. (emphasis mine)

Again according to the Journal, the defendant schools–“selected in part because of their location in large cities ‘with a massive oversupply of lawyers,’ where lower-tier graduates are less likely to be competitive in the job market–include:

  • Albany Law School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Widener University School of Law
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • John Marshall Law School, and
  • Golden Gate University School of Law

2 Replies to “Putting the J.D. to Good Use”

  1. Jixing Man

    I have recently watched a YouTube video about how universities
    make up employment date. The university would do things like give new graduated
    students temporary positions within the school and count them into the employment
    statistics. I think this kind of phenomenon not only happen to law schools, but
    across colleges in general. However, I think that when most people go to
    college, they are aware that their future career would be impacted by their
    choice of major, and it is not wrong for universities to provide “jobs” to new
    graduates when they may be still searching for more permanent positions.
    Overall, it is really depended on the student’s choice and their own expectations
    that contributed to whatever the outcome.

    • Anonymous

      The issue is transparency. It’s fine–admirable, even–that schools are supporting recent graduates with temporary positions. They just need to be honest about it when reporting graduates’ employment data.


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