Bracing for the U.S. News & World Report deadline for reporting law school placement statistics, dozens of law schools have now resorted to counting the category of “looking for work” as full-time employment for their 2010 graduates.
“It’s the least we could do,” said one placement director at a second tier law school. “Our career services office tells our unemployed grads to ‘treat your job search as a full-time job,’ so we made the next natural conclusion and counted that as full-time employment.” With a February 1 cut off date to report placement statistics, law schools have turned to unusual tactics to report positive placement statistics, which help to garner a higher U.S. News & World Report law school ranking.
In Ohio, two law school placement directors have taken over managing two local Jimmy John’s franchises in order to have more control over hiring and to offer recent grads incentives to work for the fast food sub sandwich chain. In Florida, one law school has cleared a vacant lot and planted grass, calling the renewed lot a “golf course” so that they could hire recent grads as course officials and maintenance workers.
And in Illinois, a Chicago-area law school has hired twenty recent grads as legal researchers to help conduct a metro-area census of pet monkeys, which became illegal to own in Illinois on January 1. “It’s not a census of wild Chicago monkeys, mind you,” one law school official clarified. “We are starting with pet monkeys first.”