benburns214 wrote:Yearly Post-graduate data
False. Up until this year, the definitions and standards used for reporting graduate placement were AWFUL. Schools could basically massage the data any way they wanted to and get whatever results best served them. If you look at data in the past few years, the data is actually better
in the recession than it was in the 1990s. It is an absurd result, but it was the result of schools getting good at data-manipulation.
The ABA just changed a lot of their definitions and standards, and they are requiring that schools resolve any question of employment for individual graduates for
unemployment. However, some schools continued to use the old metrics and standards, while others implemented the new ABA metrics and standards. What will result in this year's USNWR rankings is that some schools (such as my own) will show 80% employed at 9 months. Others will continue to report 98% employment at nine months when that is just a complete crock of B.S. I actually think WUSTL (and some others) is going to drop in the rankings because we used the new ABA standards, while some other schools who conveniently used the old system will climb.
Basically, don't trust anything that comes out of the law schools. They are master-scammers. The push by the ABA on employment data is a good move, but I don't think it is going to solve everything. Be very, very skeptical of anything that you see from the schools themselves.