Law School Diversity Improves at Schools With Worst Job Outcomes

…Is available for your reading on The American Lawyer.

As a side note, irrespective of what you think of Aaron Taylor’s research, please realize that his or those like will not be possible in the future if the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s Data Policy and Collection Committee changes law schools’ entering credentials reporting requirements (pdf). The committee wants to replace matriculants’ 75th, 50th, and 25th percentile LSAT and GPA data with large tables. This change will make the new data incompatible with the years of previous information that was presented in the Official Guide. I’m in favor of backwards compatibility for data, and I sent the committee a comment saying as much, but if the committee decides to make the changes anyway, much will be lost.

4 comments

  1. These students also tend to come from lower-income families and perhaps have lower LSAT scores, meaning that they will have less connections to the legal “profession” and will have an even harder time finding work upon graduation. Then again, when have ABA-accredited law schools been concerned with such facts?

  2. I like the chart idea and wish we had them for the last 20 years. I don’t see why they can’t allow the old standard to continue while adding the more “granular” tables.

    To an extent, approximate 25th, median, etc. can be derived from the new table. Of course, we’ll have no way of knowing a 2.69 gpa from a 2.96 gpa, so they’d have to be given in ranges and compared to the old.

    Simplest solution would be to report the 25, median, and 75 in addition to to the chart.

  3. It is a well known fact that people without family connections in the legal industry will have a very hard time finding a job after graduation.

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