Thanks for posting the article. I haven't been on here for awhile (is the search feature still busted?) but I saw this on the front page and wanted to recommend people check out the known salary charts we put up on the website last month (here http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/clearinghouse/ )If you look at a few schools you'll see that there is enormous variety in the number of graduates that are represented in a school's published salary information. Look at a few of the charts and then check out the websites of the same schools to see how they portray the same information. Many schools fail to report enough salaries to even permit an educated guess as to what the median salaries might be for a class, and yet the medians and the percent employed in the private sector are typically the only statistics advertised by admissions officers. We think the charts highlight some of the major problems with the current reporting standards.One big problem they don't address is what type of jobs people are obtaining. Within the private sector, no distinction is made between associates, contract attorneys, paralegals, or secretaries. I think very few law school applicants realize that a school's private sector percentage might actually include non-attorneys, even the people who have done their homework. Even when you factor in optimism bias, the reporting rates are extremely low for a lot of schools. One thing we hope the ABA 509 subcommittee will consider is setting forth some minimum reporting requirement before a school can advertise a median salary. If a school is only collecting salary information on 16% of the class, it seems odd that they can hide that fact while still advertising a median salary of six figures.We'll be providing some updates soon with our next steps, but anyways I'm glad someone found that article. An interesting op-ed that followed the original article in the Star-Ledger (http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2010/08/irate_law_school_grads_say_the.html), written by the Dean of Rutgers-Newark, sheds some light on the hurdles we have ahead of us: http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2010/08/the_real_value_of_a_legal_educ.html . If you look at our Data Clearinghouse, you'll notice that Rutgers-Newark collects starting salaries for fewer than half the graduating class.Looking forward to seeing some more discussion on this. -obs
That said, many graduates have written to LST to reveal information about the job they had after graduation, the school they attended, and how they think the school listed them. Not surprisingly, the people who choose to contact us are upset about how their employment outcome was portrayed.