March 22, 2012 – The University of Houston Law Center received an “A” for the way it presents the employment picture of its recent graduates based on research conducted by a non-profit organization and graded by The National Jurist magazine. Only 15 of 197 ABA-accredited law schools received an A or A+.
The data was compiled by Law School Transparency, an organization founded in 2010 by two Vanderbilt law school students with the goal of compiling more useful employment data from law schools. LST looked at school websites in January and published a report based on 19 different categories of “basic consumer questions.” These included whether a reader can tell the employment status of every graduate, the percent unknown, whether the difference between full-time and part-time is clear, whether a list of actual employers of graduates is included, and whether salary information included. Based on its data, The National Jurist developed a system to grade each school; 41 percent of law schools failed and an additional 14 percent received a “D.”
Fifteen law schools have been sued, and legislators have considered calling hearings to look into the matter, but to date there has been no proof that schools have misrepresented their data. Click here for The National Jurist article and grades.