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ABA Slaps Down Law School Deans’ Request To Extend Job Statistics Reporting Deadline Due To COVID-19
Posted on Monday February 22, 2021
We should not try to mask some of the problems caused by the pandemic.
— William Adams, managing director of ABA accreditation and legal education, in comments given during a recent ABA council meeting, regarding a request made by the deans of New York, New Jersey, and California law schools that the final law graduate employment data deadline be pushed back from March to June due to the upheaval caused by the pandemic. As Adams went on to explain, many law schools’ acceptance deadlines fall between April and early summer, and moving the data deadline back would not help pre-law consumers make their law school decisions. Per the ABA Journal, Adams noted that when job statistics are released, they will include a statement “explaining that the pandemic has affected both bar passage and employment numbers.”
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