The ABA has just implemented random audits of placement statistics. The funding for these audits comes from a $250,000 fine paid by the University College of Illinois Law School in 2012. (Presumably, any fines paid as a result of these audits would help fund more audits.)
We applaud this effort and hope it helps restore faith in published law school data — placement and otherwise. We also hope the fear of getting caught by an ABA audit combined with the improving law school market simply insures these instances prove non recurring.