ABA: About half of 2011 law grads found law work

According to new American Bar Association information, only 55 percent of law school graduates in 2011 were able to obtain full-time, permanent employment in a law job within nine months of graduation.

For years, the ABA didn’t require schools to break down their information, allowing them to get by with simply reporting that a student was employed, without divulging to what extent.

The top schools are the usual suspects: University of Virginia, Harvard, etc. But 20 schools reported less than 40 percent of graduates were able to obtain full-time, permanent law jobs.

Two of those schools are University of Detroit-Mercy Law School and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. U-DM Law had the lowest figure in the state with only 36.84 percent of its 209 graduates able to find full time work. Cooley reported that 37.54 percent of its 999 graduates able to find jobs requiring a law degree. Cooley reported that 26.33 percent of its graduates’ employment status was unknown, an astonishingly high figure in comparison to the other schools’ reporting.

The University of Michigan had the highest rate among Michigan schools, with 75.46 percent of its graduates being able to find jobs, the 13th best nationwide.

Wayne State University Law School was a distant second with a 50.74 percent of its 203 graduates finding work, about four percent off the national average.

Michigan State University School of Law was third with a rate of 44.17 percent of 283 graduates able to find work.

That’s an awful lot of student loans in deferment.

[This post was corrected to remove a statement that Cooley’s numbers could be lower. As pointed out in the comments, the “unknown” graduates are assumed to be unemployed for the purposes of these statistics.]

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Cooley sues lawyers, bloggers for defamation

From this morning’s Lansing State Journal comes word that Cooley Law School has sued two lawyers, a law firm and four anonymous bloggers for defamation.

The school is suing New York lawyers David Anziska and Jesse Strauss for more than $25,000 in damages and a retraction of all defamatory statements posted on the Internet.

The suit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, also names the New York law firm that Strauss founded – and where Anziska works – as a co-defendant.

Strauss said he intended to countersue Cooley for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

“This is one of the most ridiculous, absurd lawsuits filed in recent memory,” Strauss said. “This suit is nothing more than a naked attempt at intimidation.”

In a separate suit, the school seeks identical damages from four anonymous bloggers.

James Thelen, Cooley’s associate dean for legal affairs and general counsel, said the school hopes to establish the bloggers’ identities during the lawsuit’s discovery process.

Cooley’s suit charges that:

Anziska and Strauss made defamatory comments online against the school as a way to “troll” for plaintiffs for a “baseless purported class- action lawsuit” against Cooley. The false claims included stating the school inflated salary and employment information of its graduates and that four out of 10 Cooley students are defaulting on loans[.]