Doesn't "median" salary mean that many people make more than $85? I think that you are underestimating what $85,000 a year means as far as quality of living if your 4 bedroom house only costs you $1,000 a month. (I agree with Fred Hits on this one)
i had the same problem so i can prob offer you my 2 centsfirst off the employed at graduation number is pretty consistent with other 'not in the city schools'- look at ND for example- even BC is close to WL---i emailed the career services person regardless adn she said the rate for the most recent class was 88% (seems like economy plays a big role)Salaries are also consistent with the other 'southern' law schools (save for vandy) such as WM Emory and UNC. I have done a good amount of research on this and it seems that these low figures are due more to col adjustments more then anything- in fact i took those 4 southern schools and compared them to gw, bc, bu, fordham with col taken into consideration and found them virtually identical- also their avg last year was 100k so the 88 this year seems to be the bad market (all schools had a bit of a down year) so i would say a normal year would b earound 100 avg- now W&L definately does not have a great amount of oci from big paying firms but its a quality over quantity thing (the school is so small)
southern schools? Well, Duke's median is $125,000.