« on: December 30, 2007, 06:43:20 PM »
As the starter of this thread, I have to say I'm surprised to see someone has tried to find exact numbers for each school. Getting a decent job has so many variables, and CDO numbers are notoriously dishonest depending on the school, so I don't know how useful that is.
Nevertheless, I thought the list of numbers is interesting and at least makes sense for some of the schools. I believe law students are mostly rational actors, that is, they will almost always take a higher-paying job over a lower one. Many people claim to not be "biglaw types" but I think people overestimate the number of people who would turn biglaw down given the opportunity.
Also, there are a significant number of people in any law school who have IP credentials or who have personal ties to firms. This means that the estimated "cutoff point" for any school listed here is likely too generous. Absent these factors, if you subtract about 5-10% from each school listed maybe you have a better idea whether a law firm will take you seriously based on your class percentile.
I'm interested in a lot of schools listed and I have some questions about them.
As for W&L, I'm applying there and I think I would love Lexington, and I think Southern firms will take a good look at people in the top 25% provided they're going back to their hometowns or are at least Southern. I am from the upper Midwest and have never lived south of Wisconsin. Does this mean I could really be screwed if I'm below the top 10% probably needed for NYC/DC?
As for Iowa, I'm applying there too and I really doubt that 27% of the class has access to biglaw. That said, I have ties to Minneapolis and I think Minneapolis firms will go similarly deep at Iowa vs. Minnesota if the candidate has local ties. But really, where do these Iowa people who supposedly get biglaw work? There is no 100k market in Iowa. Minneapolis, KC, Omaha are all small, outsider-phobic markets, and Iowa SAs are scarce at the top Chicago firms.
And for that matter, where do these biglaw people from Minnesota work? The Minneapolis market just isn't that big and Minnesota's LS is relatively large. And Minnesota is not known for sending people to NYC. I mean, I can probably count the number of 110k+ non-IP Minneapolis firms on one hand. And everyone at the school wants to work for these same firms.