Using Law School Data
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This course will help you use law school data to accurately assess law school performance across a variety of important metrics. Get an idea of the kinds of jobs graduates get, how and when they find them, what they pay, and which schools have better access to different jobs, as well as admissions selectivity, prices, bar exam performance, and more.
Module: What do lawyers do?
We look at information for you to draw on to learn about what kind of work law school graduates do after graduation. We explain not only how useful this information can be, but also the limitations of relying on such information and how best to apply the information to an individual’s goals.
Module: What do lawyers make?
We discuss how much graduates make in the short term, illustrating the wildly different outcomes based on school attended or job obtained. We highlight several LST resources you can use to view school-specific information to better understand post-graduate salary and employment.
Module: How do graduates find jobs?
We discuss how law school graduates end up employed in specific positions, from when they receive the offer to how they found the job in the first place. We explore how to understand dominant methods of job placement based in certain institutions.
Kyle has served as Law School Transparency's executive director since 2009, when he co-founded the organization with Patrick Lynch. Since that time, he has become a key figure in American legal education, publishing scholarly articles, issuing reports, and speaking at conferences and seminars on legal education. He is a frequent commentator in the press, having been quoted hundreds of times in the world's most reputable news organizations, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and others. He has written columns in Bloomberg, the National Law Journal, ABA Journal, Above the Law, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere.
Kyle is a licensed North Carolina attorney with a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He does research for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. He is a special advisor to The Pipeline to Practice Foundation, an organization committed to enhancing diversity in the legal profession by supporting and nurturing diverse law students and early-career attorneys at key stages of their academic and professional development. He is the chief programmer behind LST's innovative web-based tools, including the PreLaw Platform. His work as a web developer has played a major role in making the fruits of LST's advocacy efforts accessible to the general public.
His work in legal education has been nationally recognized by a number of organizations. While still in law school, he was voted Lawyer of the Year by readers of Above the Law. The ABA Journal named him a Legal Rebel for his work "challenging the institutional gatekeepers of the legal profession" and the National Jurist has named him the 5th most influential person in legal education. In 2013, at age 27, the National Law Journal named Kyle to its list of the 100 most influential lawyers in America, the youngest ever on the list, which has been periodically produced since the 1980s.