REPORTING Graduate Employment Data
Law schools collect and report graduate employment information to the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (ABA). WMU-Cooley Law School asks each graduate to complete the ABA’s Employment Questionnaire. This ABA-designed questionnaire collects employment information for those who graduated between September 1 and August 31 of the prior academic year. The 2016 reporting year thus includes those who graduated from WMU-Cooley in September 2015, January 2016, and May 2016.
WMU-Cooley Law School publicly reports its graduate employment data in accordance with ABA guidelines. Graduates who voluntarily respond to the survey are the primary source of employment data. For graduates who did not respond to the survey, WMU-Cooley Law School determined and confirmed a graduate's employment status from publicly available sources such as state bar records, social media, law firm or employer websites, and other internet resources that have been deemed sufficiently reliable by the ABA. Any graduate employment information that was indirectly obtained and deemed credible in accordance with ABA guidelines was reported. The Law School submits its employment questionnaire for all WMU-Cooley campuses combined.
As with any statistics, it is important to understand the definitions of terms and the methodology used to compile graduate employment data and reports. Click here for an explanation of the ABA's reporting methodologies.
If you have questions about WMU-Cooley Law School's graduate employment data, contact WMU-Cooley Law School’s Office of Career and Professional Development.
Recent Graduate Employment Data
Employment data for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 reporting years is included in the annual graduate employment summaries posted below in the format required by the ABA.
These reports are also available on the ABA Placement Statistics. Click here for that ABA page.
Career and Placement Services.
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley provides comprehensive services to help students and graduates with career planning and employment searches. Click here for a full description. WMU-Cooley also offers extensive clinical internship and externship opportunities as well. Click here for a full description.
U.S. Employment Data on Law Careers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps detailed employment on law careers. Click here for U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.