Light wrote:Just did some more phone research. The employment data wasn't available online because they are supposedly waiting for the 2010 data to be looked at by the NALP in June and so they took down the 2009 one. However, I don't recall seeing the 09 data there either and have checked before. Seems like an awful inconvenient time to take down data but whatever. Here's my breakdown on what was reported.
99.5% of people who are seeking employment are employed by 9 months after Graduation. About 89.5 percent of these people are employed in jobs that require a JD. About 7.5% of the 99.5% are being paid by UF in post-graduate fellowships for 3 months. Half of those people last year went to on to get regular employment. (Seems convenient that the people in the fellowship that didn't get employed after don't count towards the employed after 9 months criteria - though I was told it was because the USNEWS criteria doesn't correspond with the fiscal year).
50.9% of those employed are in the Private Sector. the 25th percentile salary is $30,000. The Median is $97,500. The 75th percentile is $160,000.
15.5% of those employed are grouped in Public interest and Academia (including UF's fellowships). The salary info wasn't available.
Judicial Clerkships make up 5% of the placement.
The data is based on surveys where I was assured all the class was taken into account with only 1 unknown status.
I'm a little confused because those percentages don't appear to add up to 100%, I just noticed.
If anyone wants to confirm this they can call the CCD also, the number is 352-273-0860.
This is going to be an unscientific criticism but law schools misrepresent the data in every imaginable way. Generally the employment data will be based only upon graduates who voluntarily responded to the survey, and anyone who does not respond does not count towards the percentages. Considering that people who are unemployed may be significantly less likely to respond, the data may be inaccurate in this respect. Also, the employment figures do not diferentiate between graduates who employed full-time or part-time or per diem.
And that figure about median salary for private sector grads being 95k a year is just BS IMO. No chance. I would estimate 45-50 max for the median. This is Florida, and grads from higher ranked schools in areas with a much higher COL are making significantly less. Again, this is not a scientific criticism but I tend to know BS when I see it.