• April 27, 2011
    Practical Advice

    For those contemplating a career in law and therefore potentially investing in a legal education, this article for The New Republic by University of Colorado law school professor Paul Campos is a must-read.

    Campos reports on the “main sources of information on post-law-school employment rates,” and how faulty they are. His report suggests that prospective students would do well to examine closely or ignore the claims by most of the ABA-accredited schools that within nine-months of graduation almost all their graduates have full-time employment.

    The professor says the numbers do not represent the true employment of recent graduates. In fact, according to his own study of the available information, he says the numbers of gainful employment are likely much, much lower.

    Campos writes:

    In the course of my research, I audited a representative sample of individual graduate responses and found several instances of people describing themselves as employed permanently or full-time, when in fact they had temporary or part-time jobs (I found no instances of inaccuracies running in the other direction). Perhaps some graduates exaggerate their employment status out of embarrassment, or for strategic reasons, but, whatever their reasons might be, this apparently not uncommon practice suggests that the true employment rate should be lowered even further.

  • June 17, 2009
    The National Football League has announced an expansion of the "Rooney Rule" on minority hiring. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the rule, which requires NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies to interview one or more minority candidates, would be expanded to cover hiring of front-office personnel.

    The Washington Post reported that the expanded rule would require teams seeking to fill front office positions to interview at least one minority candidate. In a statement, Goodell said, "The discussion at the league meeting identified the strong reason for taking this step, which in large part simply confirms a recommended practice that clubs have voluntarily embraced. The recommendation also recognizes that this process has worked well in the context of head coaches, and that clubs have deservedly received considerable positive recognition for their efforts in this respect."

    An NFL committee, headed by Steelers President Dan Rooney (left with Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin), proposed the adoption of the rule on hiring head coaches in 2002 after the committee concluded that the league's hiring practices were discriminatory.

    In December, ACS distributed an Issue Brief on the impact of the Rooney Rule.