On March 15, new law school graduate employment data for the class of 2011 was due to be reported by accredited law schools to the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The newly revised questionnaires were distributed to accredited law schools in February 2012 seeking more detailed and comprehensive information than had previously been required. The data will be compiled and published on the Section’s website as early as June 2012.
The Section announced in December 2011 significant changes to its collection and publication of graduate placement data provided by accredited law schools. These changes enhance the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and specificity of the employment data.
For the class of 2011, law schools must report directly to the Section for each graduate:
● Employment status (employed, unemployed/seeking, unemployed/not seeking, pursuing graduate degree full-time, unknown)
● Employment type (law firm, business, government, public interest, clerkship, academia)
● Employment location
● Whether a position is short- or long-term
● Whether a position is funded by the school itself
● Bar passage required
● J.D. advantage
● Other professional/nonprofessional
● Full-time or part-time
The data being reported will include the number of law graduates joining law firms by law firm size, and will report the number of students that responded to the surveys.
“There should be no doubt that the Section is fully committed to the clarity and accuracy of law school placement data,” said New England Law/Boston Dean John O’Brien, chair of the Section. “Current and prospective law students will now have more timely access to detailed information that will help them make important decisions about their futures.”