Admittedly, this is not just a Widener issue. The legal job market took a serious beating in 2008/9. If you want to get a sense of how bad it is, take a look here: "http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/national-jurist
" That's a link to a montly magazine thats geared to law students, and many schools, Widener included, have it available to student's on campus.
But, the fact the legal market is in bad shape right now tends to expose why going to a lower ranked school may not necessarily be in a person's best interest. Honestly, I tend to think that the kids who are ranked in the bottom half of the class, particularly lower then 70%, are basically F-ed come graduation time. Where i think the disconnect between these facts and Widener's "silence" on the issue is especially exposed is on their career development statisics. They have the class of 2009 at a 95% employment, or advanced degree rate (whatever that means) within 9 months of graduation. Only 50% of students went into private practice, and a full 25% are employed as judicial law clerks. That is an astounding number. While clerking following graduation is a great opportunity, I tend to think that 25% of student's doing it, assuming all students reported WHAT they are doing, is not a good indicator. If I were to guess, I'd say employment as a law clerk was really a "fall back" choice for a number of these students, since they couldnt find employment at a firm. I could be wrong though.