Law schools must commit to transparency

March 10, 2011 As the economic crisis wiped thousands of legal jobs from the board, law schools have attracted criticism for saddling students with debt when there is little prospect that they will be able to pay off their tuition bills.

The issue is transparency, and whether law schools are presenting bona fide information about the employment prospects of graduates.

The statistics produced by law schools have a few common flaws. Some will report average starting salaries without mentioning the response rate to the survey – giving a distorted impression because it is the most successful students that are most inclined to repond. Some schools report employment statistics distinguishing between full-time legal jobs and part-time or temporary legal and non-legal jobs.

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