Monday, April 22, 2013
Deceptive Clerkship Placement Figures Published by US “News” & World Report
Morse Continues His Duplicity:
As you can see, Pussy Bob Morse is up to his old tricks. The ass-wipe published a USN&WR piece on April 11, 2013, with the headline “Which Law Schools’ Grads Get the Most Judicial Clerkships?” Check out the following excerpt:
“Judges at federal, state and local levels say that their clerks play a very important role in their chambers. Judicial clerkships are highly coveted by law school graduates since they have such important career implications. Federal clerkships are the hardest to get, but can be very rewarding for one's legal career.”
The cockroach even provided separate, “exclusive” ratings lists for federal and state/local judicial placements. He is really looking out for the students’ interests, right?!?! Now take a look at this concluding paragraph:
“At the state and local level clerkship rankings, the law school at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Camden came out on top, with 38.7 percent holding clerkships. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Newark came in a close second with 37.6 percent, and Seton Hall University, also in New Jersey, came in No. 3.”
This portion is very telling. It cements the fact that state and local clerkship positions are not prestigious. Unless, of course, you feel or believe that clerking in traffic court is going to lead to a prosperous career.
This list is deceptive, because it bases the clerkship placement figures on the employed segment of a school's 2011 graduating class. We will take an example to illustrate how the metric distorts the job outlook for recent grads.
Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law:
I will use this first tier sewage pit, to highlight Morse’s TTT methodology. I profiled this commode in my prior entry. Plus, some shill brought this list to my attention, in trying to deflect criticism about the toilet’s overall weak-ass employment placement rate for the Class of 2012.
For the figures below, I am relying on the document labeled “Washington and Lee University School of Law Employment Data 9 Months After Graduation.” This chart lists employment placement statistics for the following law classes: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
According to this page, the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2011 had 129 graduates. Of this figure, 116 were “employed or seeking advanced degree.” However, you will see that three members of this cohort were pursuing a graduate degree. Under Employment Types of Employed Graduates 9 Months After Graduation, you will note that 23 members of the Class of 2011 landed clerkship posts. Eleven grads were placed in federal spots, while 12 were placed in state or local courts.
Here are the numbers I ran, which correlate to Morse’s findings:
Percentage of employed grads in federal clerkships: 9.7 percent, i.e. 11/113
Percentage of employed grads in state or local posts: 10.6 percent, i.e. 12/113
Overall percentage of employed JDs in clerkships: 20.35 percent, i.e. 23/113
If the numbers were BASED ON THE ENTIRE GRADUATING CLASS, then these would be the figures for Wa$hington and Lee Univer$ity $chool of Law:
Percentage of grads in federal clerkships: 8.5 percent, i.e. 11/129
Percentage of grads in state or local posts: 9.3 percent, i.e. 12/129
Overall percentage of JDs in clerkships: 17.8 percent, i.e. 23/129 2012
Figures for Washington and Lee SOL, Using Morse’s Formula:
We will now look at the Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law Class of 2012. There were 130 graduates, from this cohort. Of that amount, only 89 were employed within nine months of receiving their JDs. Since Bob Morse based his 2011 figures off of "employed" graduates, here is how the Class of 2012 results would be calculated by the sewer rat:
Percentage of employed grads in federal clerkships: 6.7 percent, i.e. 6/89
Percentage of employed grads in state or local posts: 13.5 percent, i.e. 12/89
Overall percentage of employed JDs in clerkships: 20.2 percent, i.e. 18/89
Notice that the overall number would not differ much, from the 2011 figure of 20.35 percent – even though the OVERALL employment placement rate was MUCH LOWER for the Class of 2012. Here is how the numbers would look, for the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2012, if Morse based his results on the entire graduating class – and not merely those who were employed at the nine month mark:
Percentage of class in federal clerkships: 4.6 percent, i.e. 6/130
Percentage of class in state or local posts: 9.2 percent, i.e. 12/130
Overall percentage of class in clerkships: 13.8 percent, i.e. 18/130
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can clearly see the difference in outcomes and clerkship prospects.
Now, an Accurate 2012 Placement Rate for Washington and Lee SOL:
On April 10, 2013, Dan Filler posted a Faculty Lounge entry entitled “New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs” This article is based off of each diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report. An anonymous poster furnished this link on my last profile. As the chart header makes clear, the figures pertain to JD Required positions that are full-time, long term - and exclude law school funded jobs. Under these measures, Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law is ranked 135th best in job placement. For $ome rea$on, Vagina Bob Morse has rated this commode as the 26th greatest law school in the nation.
Conclusion: In sum, if a school has a low overall nine-month "placement" rate, it could still appear on Morse's list - as long as the percentage of clerks is relatively high in comparison to the amount of employed graduates. Furthermore, schools with smaller graduating class sizes can benefit greatly under Morse’s dishonest metric. Remember, Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law had a total of 129 total JDs, in its Class of 2011. If the bitch was interested in providing accurate numbers, then he would base his results on the entire class size - and he also would not publish such misleading headlines.
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