Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I'd like to see something like this done with business schools....

Above the Law website has just released it's first annual ranking of law schools in the US and it's based entirely on one criteria: how will do grads fare in the labor market once they graduate.  From their introduction:
If law school was just a cool place to chill out for a few years without building specific job skills, they'd call it "college." Jobs are important, and we think that law schools should be competing to place students in the best jobs, not the best libraries. And given the cost of obtaining legal education, we want to know which law schools put you in jobs that pay you money, instead of jobs the law school pays for.
Now there is one caveat: AtL considers only 50 schools in their rankings, and they're all the usual, big-time suspects.  Thus, schools such as the University of Baltimore (I'm a MBA alum!) are not included.  Staying in state, neither is the University of Maryland's law school, a little surprising since UM is one of the largest universities in the country and has lots of resources (I'm an UM alum as well).  And further alas, Florida State's law school didn't make the list either (my PhD is from FSU), though the dreaded UF Gators did (#44)!  Well, enough of that, check out the results here.