Lol no. Michigan places more on the west coast because a larger % of the kids there want to work in more places. If you want the NE you take Penn in a heartbeat and so, magically, we place a lot of kids in the North East, leaving less for the west. Also, lots of kids here without a strong preference end up falling in the the orbit of east coast firms by default.
I seriously doubt either school enjoys a placement advantage west of the Mississippi except in smaller markets where firms are unaware that Penn's median is slightly higher.
Let me reiterate:
FlightoftheEarls wrote: I am extremely skeptical that less than 10% of Penn's class had any interest in going back to the west coast.
Your argument works just fine if you think that out of all the kids that attend Penn, fewer than 1 out of every 10 is interested in going back to anywhere on the west coast. Seeing as how California seems to be the second largest contributing state to Penn's class (http://www.law.upenn.edu/prospective/jd/classstatistics.html
), I simply don't buy your argument that Penn self-selects into the easiest market but could like, you know, totally just as easily place better in the harder markets, if only people wanted to go there. The self-selection argument simply doesn't work that way, at least not credibly. Also, the bolded above basically concedes your argument - I don't believe that people actually have zero preference as to where they'd want to work (they may be open to several markets, but they have some form of preference), but Penn students end up primarily in NYC because that's where the school has placement power.