SCU's median slaray is horribly skewed by the IP program. They have a nice niche market up there in the silicon valley, and they place lots of grads there who are making the IP salaries that push their numbers up
the only way the median salary could be "horribly skewed" by the IP program is a) if a great majority of the top 50% of income earners go to IP programs (and such IP programs pay ~125k) or employers would still have to dig deeper into Santa Clara's rankins unless IP programs don't care about taking "cream of the crop" and grades aren't as much of a factor in the employment process as they are in bigLaw. average isn't median, so either IP programs are less picky, or Santa Clara has a greater rep to law firms than schools of its "caliber" that it's compared to here..? (or IP programs take a LOT of people from SC) i'm guessing if the IP programs are the deciding factor here that many of the top grads (grades-wise) go on to biglaw or market-paying firms and the median is bolstered by students without the tip top grades that go into IP? complete conjecture here, i don't know anything about the school. ok, this completely stream-of-consciousness nothingness and bad grammar came out of utter boredom at work where i'm doing overtime without getting paid and currently waiting probably hours (it's already eight pm) for someone else to review my work and give it back so i can review it some more and go home at some ridiculous hour.
just wanted to rant and this was my topic of choice, sorry!