Related to this discussion, here are some convincing comments from the Above the law
article on Emory's damage control:http://abovethelaw.com/2011/03/start-your-whining-schools-make-excuses-for-their-poor-u-s-news-rankings/
Elie Mystal:I thought about whether Emory was just getting smacked because it told the truth while others lied. And maybe that's the case. Sadly, I have no evidence that anybody else lied (not that pesky things like "facts" have stopped me before. Duke *did not* have 100% employment last year, period end of story).
But the real problem, as Guestivius just pointed out, is that I had no evidence that Emory told the truth. The sad reality is that we live in a world where all law school administrators are presumed to be lying about these statistics because none of them have the guts and report spin-free statistics to an independent group (like LST for example). It's like the steroid era in baseball. So many players were on them and lied about them that you just have to assume that nearly every great performance was "enhanced" and you kind of have to downgrade the whole lot of them.
It is far more likely that Emory massaged, mislead, and cooked their employment numbers just like everybody else, but did so with even weaker underlying statistics. (analogy: I could take steroids just like Barry Bonds, grow my head just like Bonds, but still not hit as many home runs as Bonds. And worse performance would not make me any less of a cheater.)
And the final nail in that coffin is the press release itself. If you had "honestly" reported your numbers and felt like other people hadn't, would you be screaming about this? Wouldn't you be screaming to anyone who would listen, "we might be 30th but at least we were HONEST with our students, UNLIKE SOME SCHOOLS." Even Miami explained exactly how they were trying to inflate the employment rate. Emory doesn't say it did anything differently than any other school... only they had fewer people employed by the end of the sausage making process.
So in the end, no, I don't think Emory was the one honorable school getting unfairly singled out in a world full of unscrupulous mofos. I think Emory was just like the rest of them, only at core had weaker employment numbers than some other places.
EmoryGuest: THANK YOU for publishing this. It was a slap in the face to the entire Emory student body. The employment upon graduation rate is atrocious. Meanwhile, at the business school, their rankings are going up and over 90% of graduates are employed.
One thing nobody has mentioned is that Emory enrolled a record number of 1L's this year for class of '13. So in the middle of a freefall in the legal market and while the school's graduates fail to get jobs, there was a huge increase in the incoming class.
Speaks for itself.
Ouch. And now my optimistic hope that Emory's employment is actually just fine....went out the window.