ABA to tackle law school employment data

February 26, 2013 Calls for more stringent appraisal of the postgraduate employment data released by law schools seem to have been heard and heeded by the American Bar Association. The ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has put out a request for proposals for a process by which it can audit the data.

"We want to know, if we wanted to audit a school's employment data or force schools to give us an audit, how would you do that? What would it look like?" said Barry Currier, the ABA's interim consultant on legal education. "Maybe we would look at how law schools go about collecting their employment data, but we're not really sure right now how that would be done." 

The move comes at a time when consumer confidence in the information released by law schools is at an all time low, following a finding that Villanova University School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law inflated their admissions data, and after the initiation of litigation against 15 law schools accused of inflating employment data. 

The ABA tackled the issue of admissions data this year by partnering with the Law School Admission Council to analyze the LSAT scores and grades of new students at each law schools to ensure the reported averages are correct. Graduate jobs data is a more difficult challenge, and the ABA has thrown the problem open to experts.

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