Chicago employment list clarification

We need to clarify and correct comments we made to Above the Law and in our paper. We stated that, “[s]ince we first started this transparency project [in 2008], three law schools — Vandy, then Duke, and now Chicago — have begun publishing full employment lists for graduating classes.”

As it turns out, when The University of Chicago Law School published the Class of 2009 list in their Fall 2009 Alumni magazine, it was not the first time Chicago released this data to certain stakeholders. According to Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School, “for at least forty years [Chicago has] provided an annual list of our graduates and their employers – first in our student facebook (lists in the facebook dating back at least to 1970-71 are available in our library), and more recently in our alumni magazine.”

If any current students or Chicago faculty would like to find and share these lists, we are happy to redact and publish these lists for prospective students to see.

Thank you Dean Nagorsky for contacting us and informing us of our mistake. As we promised The University of Chicago Law School, we will fix this mistake in the forthcoming revision to our paper.

In her email, Dean Nagorsky also corrected the misimpression that we have led people to believe that this list was released by Chicago due to our efforts. We must clarify this point very clearly. We have been careful not to ascribe causality, though we do say that a tipster provided us Chicago’s list, which is accurate. And while we understand that Chicago did not change its disclosure methods because of our efforts, the fact that someone provided us with the list so that we could make it available to the public was the direct result of our efforts to improve transparency in employment reporting.

If any readers are aware of other schools that are in the practice of letting current students and/or alumni know where recent graduates end up working, we encourage you to let us know. Per our privacy policy and sensible deference, we will not reveal your identity. As always, we strive to make this important employment data available to all stakeholders, not just alumni and current students, even when it does not meet our standard.

Chicago Class of 2009 Uncertified List

Thanks to our tipster for sending this uncertified list to us. It includes the city, state, and employer name for each employed graduate. The original includes each graduate’s name, but we opted to redact each name for the sake of individual privacy.

4/28/2010 Update: The University of Chicago Law School published this list in their Fall 2009 Alumni magazine. This was not the first time Chicago released this data to certain stakeholders. According to Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law at The University of Chicago Law School, “for at least forty years [Chicago has] provided an annual list of our graduates and their employers – first in our student facebook (lists in the facebook dating back at least to 1970-71 are available in our library), and more recently in our alumni magazine.” Thank you Dean Nagorsky for contacting us.

5/3/2010 Update: We are not sure which frozen date this list reflects. Because this list was published in the Fall 2009 Alumni Magazine, it represents some point in time between graduation (May 2009) and the ABA, U.S. News, and NALP reporting date (February 15th, 2010).