US News has announced that they will changing the way employment rates are calculated and the amount of data provided to prospective students. No specific details were released, but this looks like a very positive step in the right direction.
US News further called on the ABA to set higher standards for reporting employment information, and on law schools to provide honest data. A letter from US News to all law school deans also discussed the excuses provided by law schools in their failure to give an accurate picture of the jobs graduates were getting (many law schools cite privacy concerns and the cost of collecting the data):
"Many graduate business schools are meticulous about collecting such data, even having it audited. The entire law school sector is perceived to be less than candid because it does not pursue a similar, disciplined approach to data collection and reporting."
Perhaps the new reporting will spur the ABA into action, going from sitting around talking about maybe doing something in a meeting in the future, to perhaps the radical step of creating an action item list.
New law school rankings will be published on March 15.