Law School: No News Is Bad News
By Bryan Caplan
Common sense from Campos’ Don’t Go to Law School (Unless):
You can find a version of each school’s employment statistics on the ABA’s website. In addition, a school should have even more detailed employment and salary numbers for its most recent classes on its own webpage. (If a school doesn’t publish this information in a way that allows you to fairly evaluate how well its graduates are doing, do not apply to it.
Again, with feeling:
Here again you should apply a bright line rule: Do not consider applying to any school that does not publish reasonably comprehensive data regarding the salaries obtained by its graduates. “Reasonably comprehensive” means the following: the school must reveal the percentage of graduates in a class for which it has such data, along with the distribution of salaries in terms of medians, means, and percentiles.
Third time pays for all:
Here’s a simple rule: if a school won’t share some piece of information you need to help you understand what its graduates end up doing, and how much they’re paid to do it, don’t apply.
Confession of a professor of something other than law: As far as I can tell, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs make law schools look transparent by comparison.