Law students. Deans. A pair of United States senators. Nearly everyone agrees that would-be law students deserve a more detailed and accurate picture of their career prospects and prospective earnings before forking over thousands of dollars to enroll.

There is no consensus, however, on what entity should oversee the collection and analysis of law graduates’ jobs data. A move by the American Bar Association to design its own employment data-reporting system has sparked a rift with the National Association for Law Placement — the nonprofit organization that has been surveying and compiling law school job statistics for 37 years.

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