I don't understand how this thread is still going. Rayiner said all there is to say 2 pages ago.
rayiner wrote:NYU is seen as equal to Columbia in NYC, and NYC is where all the jobs are.
Anti-NYU trolling aside, the NYC V10 hire more than a dozen NYU students each. When you're doing 2L OCI you can't beat that advantage.
The NLJ250 data is also not the most useful, especially old NLJ250 data. It doesn't show what schools send people to NYC V10 versus V100 firms, for example. This is particularly relevant because ITE V10's have maintained their hiring, while V100s have cut back dramatically.
Here are NU, a school that has historically done well on the NLJ250 charts, we've got a few firms that are willing to come in and take half a dozen+ students apiece, at least historically: Kirkland, Sidley, Mayer, Latham, Skadden, Winston. These are the bread and butter of a school's 2L placement strategy. It's hard to place 250+ people without firms like these that are willing to take a big chunk of the class. Here at NU, only one of these firms, Kirkland, is hiring anything like they used to pre-ITE. However that's still a great source of security---with Kirkland taking 15 summers, pretty much the entire top 20% of the class that showed an interest in Chicago has a Kirkland offer. However all the other firms have cut back dramatically. Where Latham Chicago used to take more than a dozen summers, they're just taking a few. This has greatly decreased the security of those in the rest of the class.
At CLS and NYU, you still have probably a dozen firms fully prepared to come to OCI hiring double-digit #'s of people just from that school. That gives CLS and NYU students a tremendous amount of security at 2L OCI.
All of these discussions about whether NYU has the same prestige as CLS outside of NYC are moot. In this economy there is no outside of NYC. If you want a job you apply to NYC. If you want to roll the dice and hope that some Chicago/LA/SF/ATL firm that is going to hire like 5 people just happens to like you, or that you'll somehow stand out in the stacks of Harvard resumes at some DC firm, well then NYU might not give you much of a leg up.
And, as an aside the whole "W&C doesn't recruit at NYU" thing is true, and meaningless. Unless you'd rather miss biglaw completely than work in NYC, focusing on one or two non-NYC firms while ignoring the fact that there are orders of magnitude more biglaw jobs in NYC than any other city is flat-out stupid. Would you rather have a 70% chance of biglaw and a 1% chance at W&C, or a 40% chance at biglaw and a 5% chance at W&C?