ABA Tightens Rules on Employment Reporting

August 4, 2015

The employment data of several law schools will start to look very different after two American Bar Association decisions Friday.

The ABA affirmed a decision from earlier this year that requires law schools, starting next year, to count school-funded positions and fellowships separately from other employment. Critics of this process claimed that schools with large fellowship programs had inaccurately inflated employment figures. 

Meanwhile, the ABA also defined "long term employment," another indicator of a school's employment success, as a position that lasts a year or longer and pays at least $40,000 a year. The change was hotly contested, as it will force many schools who offer fellowships with salaries under $40,000 to count those as short term employment.

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