ABA website updates tuition, admissions data

Information about admissions and other matters reported by American Bar Association-approved law schools to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and required to be made public under Standard 509 of the Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools is now publicly available. 

The material is collected by the section, which requires law schools each year to disclose data and information covering matters of interest to potential law students and others with an interest in legal education, including admissions and enrollments, tuition and living costs, financial aid, curricular information, faculty demographics, employment outcomes, bar passage and other areas.

A news release issued by the ABA says the data can be easily searched and sorted, allowing for school-by-school comparisons and analysis and should be useful to prospective law students, pre-law advisors, media outlets and others who study and write about legal education.

The spreadsheets, explanatory information and the ABA’s database of Standard 509 reports are available at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

Some of this information has been collected and summarized in the News and Announcement listings on the section’s website and in its Legal Education Statistics section.

The section’s 509 available reports go back only to 2011 although other historical statistics are available through the statistics link.

Employment outcomes and, for the first time this year, bar passage outcomes, are reported in separate questionnaires.

The section expects bar passage data to be available in March 2018. Employment outcomes, reporting employment for the class of 2017 as of 10 months following graduation, should be available in April.

The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and its Accreditation Committee are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the J.D.