Posted May 22, 2012 05:13 pm CDT
A marketing pitch sent to prospective students by Rutgers University School of Law at Camden touted a 90 percent employment rate in the legal field for its employed graduates and top private-practice salaries in excess of $130,000 for “many top students.”
Now law dean Rayman Solomon is defending those claims after critics charged that the statistics are misleading, Inside Higher Ed reports.
According an analysis by Law School Transparency, no more than five recent graduates reported a salary of $130,000. And the 90 percent employment statistics include jobs where having a J.D. is an advantage, the group says. Solomon said he didn’t dispute the group’s figures, but disagreed with its analysis.
Inside Higher Ed asked Solomon if the numbers were misleading. “I don’t know how to respond,” he replied. “If you have a hundred people, would four of them be misled? Would one be misled? Would 98 be misled? [It was] a piece that was designed to get people to think about something they hadn’t thought about. This wasn’t the only information they could get about it.”
The marketing pitch targeted students who had taken the Graduate Management Admission Test and promised to waive the law school application fee. People were invited to apply if they had a 3.3 grade point average and scores in the 70th percentile or higher for any one core section of the GMAT. The LSAT Blog, Inside the Law School Scam and Above the Law published the marketing pitch by Camille Andrews, associate dean of enrollment at the law school.