Give the ABA a pat on the back

It was a rude awakening when I graduated law school and was faced with the realization that schools were able to beat the system and were not being totally honest when they report extremely high percentages of students with jobs after graduation. I remember hearing that Michigan students were well over 90% successful at finding a job before or soon after graduation. From what I could see in my own class, that wasn’t the whole truth. The school started "employing" students to work for  few months at the clinics or at nearby firms who needed a temporary employee. I guess these jobs were at least better than being a nanny (not that I don’t love kids, but that’s not why I got a legal degree) or a chauffeur.

BUT! Don’t you fret, the ABA is (hopefully) coming to the rescue:

"The ABA will require schools to report the percentage of graduates who are employed and the types of jobs they have taken in much greater detail than they do at present. They must report whether graduates are in jobs that require a law degree; whether they are unemployed; whether their employment status is unknown; and whether they are in jobs funded by the law school or university. Critics have complained that some law schools give their graduates temporary academic jobs so they will count among the employed for purposes of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings."

Read the rest of this article here.

While it is nice that this will help future students have a more realistic view of their schools, I think the more important result from the ABA changes will be schools working harder to find real employment for their students. I feel fairly safe in saying students utilize these reports in deciding what law school to attend. Now, the schools will have to work harder and smarter to continue to draw top students into their ranks.

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