According to The National Law Journal, the ABA will sending a new annual questionnaire to law schools requesting more specific employment data for their graduates. Schools will no longer report the data through the NALP, and will instead report directly to the ABA. The public will receive the employment information earlier—“approximately one year after graduation.” Each graduate’s salary and employment information will be reported, as opposed to “in the aggregate,” and more specifics about their employment will be disclosed, such as if their jobs are school-subsidized, require a J.D., non-professional, and short-term or long-term. The ABA will still not report job and salary data together, and won’t release school-specific salary data publicly.
Meanwhile, the University of Chicago Law School has taken it upon itself to report accurate employment data. As reported by Above the Law, the law school’s website now offers detailed job information for its 2008, 2009, and 2010 classes: “a treasure trove of information—and there are very few missing data points.” Yale Law has also disclosed its data online. The question is, will other schools follow suit? Certainly those with impressive stats like Chicago and Yale should do so. And, as Above the Law notes, with these schools obtaining such detailed data, the pressure is on for all its competitors: “For law schools that claim it’s impossible to obtain comprehensive and reliable data on their graduates’ employment status or salaries, the University of Chicago information stands as a powerful rebuttal—or harsh indictment, depending on your point of view.”
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