Desert Fox wrote:This data is from 2008 OCI, that happened mostly before the economy crashed.
Duke sucked because Southern firms took a whole bunch of 2L Summer Associates, then didn't give half of them jobs. This is the reason why Cornell sucked last year. Because NYC did that in 2008 but not as much in 2009.
This is a good point. Because of the forum, posters here are likely to obsess over which schools placed better or worse in these statistics. But--going from year to year--what this information really demonstrates is the extreme volatility in the hiring market these last few years. It's been a wild ride.
Cornell students are right to point out that the school has received an unnecessary amount of negative attention mainly because of the number US News assigns it, and probably also because of its lower LSAT median. Incidentally, I wonder how many of the same students who rag on Cornell's LSAT, bitched about the "numbers game" or about "yield protection" during their application cycle. In any event, I really liked Cornell and almost wound up going there. Its proximity to NYC and strong rep will probably always keep it placing fairly well so long as NYC isn't imploding.