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April 18, 2012

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HH

Well, they have more money and students who want to break into difficult job markets, like public interest outfits. You write as if all the fellowships represent a failure. Two years working at a place that gives the graduate actual skills may be better in the long term than working for two or three years in a law firm and gaining no marketable skill.

Matt

So, higher prestige correlates with a higher number of "bridge" positions after graduation, which makes a school's employment numbers in US News look better, which in turn supports their prestige..

Maybe I'm a little too suspicious, but it certainly is helpful to them to fund these bridge positions. I imagine the return on that investment is well worth it.

Law Schooled

A student author read your article and posted a response on Law Schooled (http://lawschooled.org/?p=1391) entitled "Looks like Fudge to Me: Law School Employment Data". The student shares concerns over how this kind of data may have influenced prospective law students to take out loans to attend law school and what kind of ethical questions this kind of employment data obscuration brings up for current law students.

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