LivingLegend: your argument would be valid if every school was suffering from low employment statistics on that chart. However, it appears as if the University of Pennsylvania is strong at 91.85% of their students getting jobs after graduation, while Golden Gate University (the last mainland U.S. law school on this list) has a paltry 21.51% of their grads getting jobs within 9 months of graduation. By the way, you don't have to be licensed to be hired, however, you must be licensed to practice law. A firm can hire you contingent on bar passage.
"This means you cannot even be licensed to practice law until 6 or 7 months after your graduation date whether you attended Harvard or Cooley if there is a job that requires bar passage you cannot be employed in that position until 6 or 7 months after graduation. When you get your license a week or two before Thanksgiving employers are not really looking to hire until January."
Again, by this logic, and by reviewing the chart OP linked to, it appears that the employers Harvard grads found are, in fact, hiring before January, however, the employers Cooley grads found seem to take a bit longer to make their hiring decisions. Now, do you think this is because Cooley grads are just finding the employers who insist on waiting beyond January to hire, and Harvard grads are finding firms that hire more quickly (thereby placing Cooley and Harvard grads on the same playing field when it comes to hire-ability)? OR do you think it has something to do with the fact that schools ranked lower overall have worse employment statistics because their students are less attractive on the job market?
Let's take another example: It appears that the University of Michigan has an 81.70% employment rate 9 months out, and Detroit Mercy has a 29.72% hire rate. These schools are only about 60 miles apart. As such, grads from both schools are applying to the same market (southeast Michigan). So, do you think the fact that University of Michigan is a T14 school and Detroit Mercy is unranked has anything to do with these stats, or is it just that University of Michigan grads are somehow more adept at finding the firms with partners who before January, and Detroit Mercy grads find the firms that hire after January? Two schools, one ranked T14, the other unranked, in the same geographic location, with a large difference in employment stats.
"As I have mentioned in my class several girls not pregnant after graduation and did not take the bar exam until the following July. They were unemployed statistically, but they had planned pregnancies and wanted to be a mother first since the bar exam and legal jobs will always be there.
Still others came from wealth families and had no intention of every practicing law, others had 0 social skills, so on and so forth so to use some blanket statistic makes no sense."
Again, following your logic, does it seem likely that Detroit Mercy has a disproportionate amount of the students who became pregnant before passing the bar, or students with 0 social skills, or students who came from wealthy families (compared to the University of Michigan)? After all, according to your logic, in addition to Detroit Mercy students finding the firms who are slower to hire, this would also account for poor employment statistics.
So, it is either (1) the low ranked schools have a disproportionate amount of students who have 0 social skills, come from wealthy families, get pregnant etc. AND they find the firms that are slow to hire (irrespective of their school's ranking); or (2) higher ranked schools enjoy a much higher employment rate because of their ranking and quality of students.
I think employment statistics, while currently not as accurate as they should be, are incredibly vital to the legal profession, and every incoming 0L should be well versed as to which school will get them into a job the fastest. It is clear that, generally, higher ranked schools will do this. You have an 8/10 shot at getting a job right out of school coming from a T14, and you have a 2/10 shot coming from an unranked school. You think this is is a ridiculous measurement? I think this is essential to an informed student body.