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University of Chicago Law School Posts 'Treasure Trove' of Job Stats

The University of Chicago law school is releasing more detailed career information about its recent law grads in advance of the ABA’s collection of additional data.

Above the Law calls the new statistics posted by the school “a treasure trove of information.” The information is for the classes of 2008, 2009 and 2010, nine months after graduation. It includes how many had jobs for which bar passage is required; how many were employed by law firms, broken down by firm size; the average salary for each class along with percentile distributions; and geographic destinations of graduates.

Dean Michael Schill tells the blog he hopes that the University of Chicago’s decision to release the information “will encourage other law schools to report their statistics with the same level of granularity and with equal candor.” He says his school followed the template of Yale Law School, which already publishes the same kind of detailed data.

The number of U of C graduates ranged from 195 for the class of 2010 to 210 for the class of 2008. Out of all three classes, only five graduates were unemployed and seeking work, five were unemployed and not seeking work, and one reported employment but the type of job was unknown. There were no graduates for whom the employment status was unknown.

“For law schools that claim it’s impossible to obtain comprehensive and reliable data on their graduates’ employment status or salaries,” Above the Law says, “the University of Chicago information stands as a powerful rebuttal—or harsh indictment, depending on your point of view.”

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