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.