Which of these schools would have about 183 graduates who would complete the forms? Why are we assuming this school put more people into part time? I don't follow that. I thought he would choose a school that has about average employment stats for say schools 20-50.
Anyway, I was surprised by how many of the permanent positions are in fact temporary.
So he says that the overall number of attorneys employed in fulltime permanent positions is less than 45%- his whole point is to explain why the 62% figure for all schools is incorrect
. He puts the overall employment at less than 45% of graduates with fulltime "permanent" jobs.
When we take temporary employment into account, it appears that approximately 45 percent of 2010 graduates of this particular top-50 law school had real legal jobs nine months after graduation. And the overall number is likely lower, since it seems probable that the temporary employment figures for the graduates of almost any top 50 school would be better than the average outcome for the graduates of the 198 ABA-accredited law schools as a whole.
Then he goes on to say that even this number may be inflated because people self-report having better jobs than they actually do.
There is no auditing of these numbers at any point in the system ( though you would think that a school's career service could do that.)
In the course of my research, I audited a representative sample of individual graduate responses and found several instances of people describing themselves as employed permanently or full-time, when in fact they had temporary or part-time jobs (I found no instances of inaccuracies running in the other direction). Perhaps some graduates exaggerate their employment status out of embarrassment, or for strategic reasons, but, whatever their reasons might be, this apparently not uncommon practice suggests that the true employment rate should be lowered even further.