Magazine article USA TODAY

Law Schools Need to Speak the Truth

Magazine article USA TODAY

Law Schools Need to Speak the Truth

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The job outlook for newly minted lawyers is grim, but not according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. The publication's most recent report shows that 93% of graduates were employed nine months after graduation--under American Bar Association rules, that includes working as a waiter or at Home Depot. William Henderson, who directs the School of Laws Center on the Global Legal Profession at Indiana University, Bloomington, believes that law schools' truth-telling obligation goes beyond the rankings. Schools need to disclose their success in helping students find the job that best suits them.

"Students go to law school to get jobs as lawyers. They need to know whether the school has the resources to help them choose the right job as a lawyer--not as a waiter--and not just if you're in the top 10% of the class." Moreover, prospective students need data about schools' career counseling services and the availability of tools for students to assess their strengths and career preferences. …

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