Curious how Michigan's employment data meshes with this. http://insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2012/03/michigans-real-employment-numbers.html
I know it is LOLCampos, but looks like Michigan might be massaging the numbers a bit.
If that 70 person number were true for C/O 2011, that would change the above analysis quite a bit. I assumed that the 9 "academic" positions in the data were really law-school funded jobs (up from only 1 probably legit academic position for C/O 2009), but Campos's claim would cast doubt on the real status of the 20% of people employed in PI/government positions (up from only 10% in C/O 2009).
I personally don't think that law-school funded positions are a bad thing. People need to get some money to pursue unpaid internships that might lead to some work. But it is crucial to accurately report the status of such jobs. A number of other T14 schools do such reporting. E.g. NU lists law-school funded jobs in a separate category, and also lists the number of jobs in each category that are part-time or temporary. UVA mixes law school-funded jobs in with the other data, but notes how many school-funded jobs there were. Michigan doesn't specify any of these things in its data.
The 70 person number itself sounds high, but is not completely unbelievable. For C/O 2010, UVA had 40 law school-funded positions, in addition to 7 people who were unemployed, pursuing a graduate degree, etc. for a total of 13% unemployed or underemployed. For C/O 2011, NU had 11 law school funded positions, but 21 people who were unemployed, and another 7 people in part-time or temporary positions, for a total of 14% unemployed or underemployed. Michigan, meanwhile, only lists 24 people unemployed or pursuing a graduate degree, for a total of 6% unemployed. Adding 70 law-school funded positions would bring the total to 25% unemployed. That's pretty hard to believe, but not outside the realm of believability.