US law schools under Senate scrutiny
The US legal education industry appears to be under Senate scrutiny, with reports surfacing that Senate staff are gathering statistics on graduate employment and student-loan debt, and rumours that a congressional hearing may be in the works.
US law schools have been criticized for luring students with misleading or incorrect information, and two law schools have publicly admitted to publishing false admissions data.
Kyle McEntee, the co-founder of nonprofit website Law School Transparency, said that when law schools calculate the rate of employment of their graduates, they include everyone who is employed nine months after graduation – regardless of whether they are working in the law or in a bar – as well as those working for an hourly wage as paralegals and those who have high paying jobs at major law firms.
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