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Law schools' job-placement data for recent graduates is often incomplete or self-serving, and "raise a red flag" about whether law schools can be trusted to change their reporting practices, a new report says.
This report comes as a dozen or so law schools have been sued or going to be sued this week, counsel for the plaintiffs say.
The attorneys say in a press release that new litigation is being brought against law schools in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois and New York. They concern allegations that many schools hire their own graduates for temporary jobs and count law grads working in non-legal jobs as employed.
The law schools being targeted include:
As for the "red flag" report, its from a nonprofit called Law School Transparency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
"Taken together, these and other findings illustrate how law schools have been slow to react to calls for disclosure, with some schools conjuring ways to repackage employment data to maintain their images," the LST report states.
LST examined post-law-school job-placement data from 197 ABA-accredited U.S. schools at the start of 2012. By looking at data about the Class of 2010 on the law schools' websites, LST found:
The LST report follows the ABA's adoption of a revised post-law-school job-placement questionnaire. Schools may soon have to distinguish between school-funded jobs, jobs that require bar passage, and jobs that are long-term, the Journal reports.