romothesavior wrote: JCougar wrote: romothesavior wrote:
JCougar wrote:Although I think WUSTL is a strong school, I'd like to know how their median starting salary is $120K, when only 27.5% of the class of 2009 got biglaw jobs. $120K is biglaw salary in medium-sized markets, but half of the class is clearly not getting these jobs. It's more like top third at best.
I had this exact conversation with Dean Spivey, and would be happy to have it with anyone else. Just PM me.
All I can say is that if WUSTL has somehow managed to place 20% of its class into non-NLJ 250 jobs that pay six figures, that's an absolutely remarkable feat that no other school so far has been able to accomplish.
JCoug, like I said, I am just passing along the information that was given to me. I am not saying I am 100% sold either, but I thought I would just pass that info along. If you are really skeptical or upset about it, just call their office to discuss it. Spivey and the career services office have been incredibly receptive to me with all my calls/visits/emails.
Maybe I have to talk to Spivey himself, because the one time I tried to e-mail the CSO, they were playing games with me and dodging my questions.
I wouldn't say that I'm mad, though. It's still my top choice. Pretty much every school out there is like this. It goes with the territory. It's part of the game. Even the T14 exaggerate their placement stats.
The fact is, WUSTL is becoming a more national school. They have decent connections in New York, DC, Chicago, and the rest of the Midwest. And they had some of the nation's very top firms coming to OCI before ITE. And they likely will continue this trend into the future. It's ability to place people nationally is probably underrated on here. I don't doubt that they're moving upward and really doing everything they can to turn the place into an elite institution. And I don't doubt that their CSO is doing a good job.
What I do doubt is that in reality, a student from WUSTL with grades at median is actually going to make six figures more often than not. I believe a $120K median private sector salary for sure. But I don't believe that $120K is the real median for the entire class. Perhaps this is where the confusion lies.