Why use the 2005 NLJ graphic when the 2007 NLJ numbers are available? The newest numbers show Georgetown placing nearly 10% more of its class at NLJ 250 firms. In real numbers, Georgetown places over 225 more students at NLJ250 firms than does Vandy.
More importantly, the NLJ 250 numbers do not give the total picture of the opportunities open to students at the T14. For instance, Vanderbilt places a higher percentage of its students at NLJ 250 firms than does Yale. But you canít seriously argue that Vandy has better BigLaw options than Yale.
Part of what is going on here is the availability of certain jobs (academia, clerking, government, consulting, etc..) to T14 graduates which are unavailable to most non-T14 graduates. Such a phenomen likely depresses the percentage of the class at Georgetown choosing to enter BigLaw.
At the end of the day, the T14 are only truly national schools. BUT, Vanderbilt is certainly among the best of the non-T14 options.
I used the 2005 numbers for that point because that is the only data I've seen where the aggregate of all the schools is together. I used it in such a way because the NLJ numbers do not paint the right picture (which is why I posted my graphic which ordered by the aggregate of clerkships and NLJ 250). If you can find the total NLJ 250 placement and clerkship placement for all the relevant schools, go ahead and show me. I'd be interested to see it for sure. After all, they're the two easiest tokens we can use to compare because it's clearly defined (unlike public interest, gov't, etc that should count as impressive or not impressive).
I don't understand why you keep pointing to "real numbers" to bolster the argument. GULC has 550+ students. It's a stupid comparison to make to a class of 220.
The "real numbers matter" because the NL250 is composed of a set number of firms. Placing 315 students at 250 select firms is a lot more difficult and impressive than placing 89.
I posted the link to the 2007 NLJ 250 below. As I stated beefore, the NLJ 250 numbers do not give the total picture of the opportunities (government, academia, clerkships, consulting, etc) open to students at the T14. For instance, Vanderbilt places a higher percentage of its students at NLJ 250 firms than does Yale. Would you seriously argue that Vandy has better BigLaw options than Yale?