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The humblebrag blog.

As I recently remarked to a student, I hate to brag. And as I then immediately corrected myself, Oh wait. No. I love to brag. Celebrities, doubtless because they are very talented, can pull off a humblebrag in a tweet. I need more space.

Last week, the National Law Journal ran a piece on the latest initiative by Law School Transparency; this time, the organization is asking law schools to provide it with copies of the report NALP generates for each law school in the summer, based on data the schools provide in February for the preceding graduating class. Although the ABA recently announced changes that will expand the data it collects from law schools, LST doesn’t believe that the changes for this year go far enough. The NALP report, they believe, will fill the gaps; it contains a great deal of extremely useful information that addresses many of the questions that have been raised in the last couple of years of spotlights being trained on law school data—most particularly, the questions of how many graduates are employed as JDs, and the question of what “N” a given median salary is based on.

It’s a terrific idea, and I only wish we had thought of it. Oh wait. We did. In February 2011, in fact—which, by my math, is ten months ago. And our data go back five years, which is actually more than what LST has requested. A little historical perspective is an important tool when you’re trying to assess the impact the post-2008 economic upheaval has had on a given institution. Our efforts earned us a shout-out in the NLJ piece as one of the law schools that “have begun offering job and salary data on their Web sites that go beyond the minimum required by the ABA.” Represent.

But enough bragging. One thing I have learned in discussing these issues is that the data we on the inside think are interesting and significant may not be the data the observers on the outside think are interesting and significant. So work with us. Lay it on me, as they used to say in the 60s. Tell us what you want to know!

-Dean Z.
Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions,
Financial Aid, and Career Planning
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Re: The humblebrag blog.

Dear Dean Z.,
What percentage of the classes of 2010 and 2011 were employed by Michigan, as a legal fellow or in some other capacity?   Thanks so much!
 on 3/28/2012 3:16 AM

Dean Z. responds--

So glad you asked! We are right in the midst of adding a whole lot of new data and information to our already detailed stats on the career planning website, including lots of information about post-graduate fellowships—historically, and with particular regard to the last two years. I can give you a sneak peek, though, by telling you that in the 2011 jobs data (one of the elements, of course, that we’ll be putting up details about), eight people among the 94.7% employed at nine months were in jobs funded by a Law School fellowship. (More people than that received them immediately following graduation, but used them to transition to permanent positions.) Keep your eye on the website for further details!
-Dean Z.
 on 3/28/2012 8:52 AM