I'm not sure what problem you all have with Campos' stats. Just look at the table on the UMN site (http://law.umn.edu/careers/career-facts-and-statistics.html
) titled Type of Employment for Graduates Known to be Employed
and add up the numbers. How many graduates have jobs that would have, ex ante, been considered "worthwhile to go to law school for?"
First, let's take the law firm jobs. I'm not going to count 1-10 attorney jobs, because those are almost without exception shitlaw jobs paying $35k to do DUI defense, etc. Excluding those (and generously including the "unknown" category) = 64
I'll include all federal clerkships but no state or local clerkships = 14
I'll include all public interest jobs, assuming (generously) that everyone who went into PI actually wanted it and isn't just scrambling for something, anything = 7
For "business" and "government" categories, I'll apply the ratio of [bar required jobs : all jobs], which isn't broken out by category, to these jobs, assuming that it applies equally across all categories. (Of course, that assumption is again generous because it's likely the vast majority of non-bar required jobs are "business") = (28 + 20) * (205 / 261) = 38 jobs (rounding up)
I'm not including the 2 "Academia" jobs, because honestly, we all know no 1st year JD from UMN is getting a law prof gig = 0
That's a grand total of: 64 + 14 + 7 + 38 = 123 jobs. Out of 284 graduates = 43%. This is more generous than the Campos numbers, and I'd challenge anyone to tell me why my analysis is materially
unfair. Sure, you can quibble about whether academia jobs should be included, but no matter what you do you're not getting the number even close to top-line reported number of 92% employed.
Caveat, before the biker guy comes after me: I am a current 3L, I have done very well grades-wise, have a job and a clerkship. I still believe that ex ante the decision to go to law school is a bad one for most people. OP included if he is only choosing between two regional schools in regions to which he has no ties.