Dude, your willful ignorance is incredible. Let's break this chart down:
*As grizz said, that spike on the right side is way, way too big due to overreporting. The plurality of law students do NOT start at 160k. A very small percentage of law students get those jobs. Those jobs are almost all taken by students at top tier schools, specifically the T14. Also, almost every job over 100k (or even really about 90k) is an NLJ 250 firm. The two schools we're discussing here place ~10% of their graduates into NLJ 250 firms. So making 100k+ is very likely out for you.
*The chart shows that there are very, very few firms that pay in the 70-100k range. Firms that pay that much are few and far between, and they usually are mid-sized firms that only take 1-2 summer associates a year. These jobs are sometimes as hard to get as biglaw simply because of their rarity. Good luck finding one.
*The chart shows that most people are getting jobs in the 30-60 range. Again, as grizz pointed out, there is a significant reporting bias, so that hump on the left side should be far larger. Odds are that if you go to SH or Rutgers, you will get a law job somewhere, but it will almost certainly be in this hump.
And as I have told you before, ~65% of law school grads find full-time, JD-required jobs. So your odds of never being a lawyer are high.
Your rebuttal arguments are awful. First of all, this is data for all law grads. You are talking about going to two mediocre schools in an awful market. You can assume you and your classmates' outcomes will be worse. Second, you say this is outdated? LOL. The legal market has stagnated for the past few years, and if you ask any hiring partner, they'll tell you that it isn't going to dramatically improve anytime soon. I can tell you as a law student going through this hiring cycle at a much better school than Seton Hall or Rutgers, this graph represents my class's reality (it is actually way too rosy because there is no massive spike at zero). Third, your bullshit about fear and pressing on and all that is just stupid. How about a dose of reality? Being worried about the employment data doesn't make one a coward or a member of the "panicked mob." It makes one prudent and cautious. What a silly worldview you adhere to.
And finally, yes there are still midsized firms.The point is that there are less and less of them than there used to be. Law has become boom or bust for most people. That NYT article is more relevant now than ever because the recession hurt midsize firms more than anyone else. When I was going through OCI, you know what the midsize firms all touted? Their rarity and uniqueness. You know why? Cause there aren't many left.
You have data slapping in the face. You have charts slapping you in the face. You have articles from all sorts of newspapers and magazines slapping you in the face. You have law students, law professors, and practicing lawyers on TLS who would tell you in a hot second that you are making a mistake all slapping you in the face. But no no... they're all wrong, you're right. You with your three years of paralegal experience and wisdom about the legal market are right, all the hard data and countervailing opinions are wrong.