Employment rates for graduates: The employment rates for the 2010 graduating class determine success in this category. Employment rates are measured at graduation (0.04 weight) and nine months after graduation (0.14 weight). For the second consecutive year, we have used the exact same formula to calculate the new J.D. employment rates used in the law school rankings in an effort to publish employment data that is somewhat more reflective of the current job market for new J.D. graduates. For the second year in row, both the at graduation and nine months after employment rates are figured solely based on the number of grads working at that point in time full or part time in a legal or non-legal job divided by the total number of J.D. graduates.
Does anyone know or care to speculate if USNWR has given any indication that they will update or change this policy for the March 2013 rankings? Given that the ABA employment data is becoming ever-more transparent, and employment outcomes are becoming ever-more important to prospective students, do you think the weight for a school's rank (just 18%) will increase?
Will they weigh full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage differently from short-term non-legal jobs?