Also, important to point out that NLJ 250 = size only. There are firms at the bottom of the NLJ 250 that do not pay market and more (I don't know how many more) than 400 firms not in the NLJ 250 that do pay market. The East Coast firm growth model was very size oriented and much of the NLJ 250 is filled with East Coast firms.
Further, remember that the NLJ 250 placement numbers consider the entire graduating class, not just those who went into private practice job. A prestigious clerkship or government job lowers the NLJ 250 placement the same amount as a Starbucks JD.