In Rankings and Employment Data, I noted that law-school funded jobs are included in the reported jobs in the Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term category. In Law-School Funded Jobs, I discussed law-school funded jobs in general, but did not focus on the Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term category. In New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs, Dan Filler netted out law-school funded jobs from that category, I thought I'd give you a little more information on the scope of law-school funding, and its affect on reported employment rates.
For the vast majority of law schools (86.3%), the school funding Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term jobs is not a material issue. Over two-thirds (67.5%) of law schools did not fund any jobs in that category. For another 18.8% of law schools, such jobs added less than one percentage point to each school's total reported employment rate.
For the 27 schools that added at least one percentage point to their reported Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term employment rate, the following table gives the percentage points added to the employment rate by law-school funded jobs.
While 11 of those schools added less than 2 percentage points to their reported employment rates, ten of those schools added 5.0 percentage points or more--up to 20.7 percentage points.
If law-school funded positions are taken out of the Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term employment rates, the adjusted rates range from 22% to 92%, with an overall adjusted rate of 55.8%.
The following table compares the reported Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term employment rates, the percentage points added by law-school funded jobs, and the adjusted, or net employment rates. Note that, because of rounding, some of the entries appear inconsistent.
Law schools are ranked according to their adjusted, net employment rates, rounded to the nearest whole percentage point, on the theory that fractional points are not material. This is not to suggest that differences of a single percentage point are material.
With some schools having funded a large number of Bar Passage Required, Full-time, Long-term positions, their adjusted employments rates are substantially lower than their reported rates, with concomitant falls in their rankings. George Washington, which had the largest percentage of law-school funded positions, went from a reported employment rate of 80% to an adjusted rate of 60%, falling in the rankings from 14th to tied for 75th.
by Gary Rosin
Update on rounding: Some commenters are confused about the data on law-school funded positions. As I said, the data in the last, comparative, table was rounded to the nearest percentage point (1%, not 1.1%). Compare three schools that hired one, one, and two graduates of their own graduates. If School One had 100 graduates, it would have had hired one out of 100, or 1%, of its gradutes. If School Two had 250 students, it would have hired one out of 250, or 1/250 =.oo4, or 0.4% of its graduates--rounded to a single percentage point, 0% of its gradutes. The same would be true if School Three hired two out of 500 graduates, or 0.4% of it graduates, which also rounds to 0%.