showNprove wrote:thecilent wrote:whitman wrote:Damn. I'm either deferring to Duke or UVA, and this was a huge plug for UVA...Duke doesn't look so good there.
I really, really hope this does not factor into your decision between duke and uva
Maybe Duke can start a program where they pay law firms to give their alumni the "Partner" title? Then 100% of Duke students can be employed and make partner.
A few thoughts:
1. The data was collected between June of 2010 and June of 2011 by RAs at Loyola LA. Anyone who graduated law school and made partner but left law-firm practice between 1986 and June of 2010 won't be counted.
2. The time period under consideration is extended (25 years), especially compared to studies of biglaw associates who join their initial firms for 18 months-3 years on average.
3. Associate hiring decisions are based on a combination of factors including school, grades, likability, and work experience. Firms overhire, and expect almost everyone they select not to make partner. Partnership decisions in big firms are made on a very different set of factors including billing a satisfactory number of hours, perceived ability to develop clients and client relationships, practice-area needs of the firm, expertise and ability, likability, and an overall will-making-this-person-a-member-of-the-firm-benefit-us calculation. Law-school related factors (where, when, what and how well one did) are tertiary concerns at the partnership level.
4. This data isn't particularly helpful to law students.