Prof. Questions Numbers Regarding Recent Law Grads’ Employment

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.

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