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UST Law finds error in employment data, notifies U.S. News

The University of St. Thomas Law School self-reported an error made in the employment statistics for the class of 2010 reported to U.S. News that likely affected the school’s rankings in the annual best law schools list published by the magazine this week. UST was ranked No. 119.

According to a message posted on the school’s website, the number of graduates in the class of 2010 known to be employed was significantly overstated. Of the 155 total graduates, 51, or 32.9 percent were known to be employed at graduation. But in the U.S. News ranking, the employment rate is listed as 125 graduates employed, or 80.6 percent.

Chato Hazelbaker, the director of communications for the law school, said U.S. News asked for the information in two places. The school had it right in one place, but wrong in the other and the school doesn’t know if U.S. News used the correct number in calculating the school’s rankings. He said the school has contacted them about the mistake, but has not heard back.

“The question on everyone’s mind is will this affect our rankings, and the honest answer is we don’t know. They haven’t told us and they are likely not to do anything,” he said.

Hazelbaker said it was important for the school to disclose the correct figure for prospective students.

“There is a high level of sensitivity with this information and we wanted to make sure we did the right thing. We have been very transparent with the employment data around here,” he said.

A statement on the school’s website reads:

We are deeply sorry to have failed to catch this discrepancy in our reported data. We take data accuracy very seriously. In addition to working to fulfill our reporting obligations in a timely and accurate manner, we also provide comprehensive employment data on our website. You can review that data here. If you have any questions about our employment data, please feel free to contact Kendra Brodin, our Director of Career and Professional Development, at (651) 962-4865.

One comment

  1. “Of the 155 total graduates, 51, or 32.9 percent were known to be employed at graduation.”

    It should be noted that “employed at graduation” does not necessarily mean “employed as lawyers” or “employed as lawyers at legitimate legal career-building jobs that will provide a return-on-the-law-school-investment”. It is, thus possible that a good number of those people are working at low-paying jobs, both in and out of the legal profession.

    Consequently, 32.9% and even 50% is a shameful number, and any law school where only 32.9% of its graduates are known to be “employed” at graduation should lose accreditation and should be closed. (In fact, 75% of our nations law schools need to be shuttered.) Such law schools no longer serve the public interest because of the number of young lives that are being destroyed by mountains of non-dischargeable student loan debt and the stench of the “Scarlet JD”. (If you cannot find a law job, your JD makes you overqualified and unattractive for non-legal positions.)

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