Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:
100% reporting. The 25th percentile salary is 80,000.
Are you high..
So here are some more reliable figures...http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/cl ... =minnesotahttp://www.lawschooltransparency.com/cl ... l=nebraska
I think you are overhyping the guy who got 20k as evidence that UMN's numbers are inflated by out of region placement. Average private sector jobs in the Twin Cities pay around 90-120. Nebraska is not terrible, but not even close to the same. It is only a good option if free, which it will be, and if you can make sure it stays free. So keep on those admins to get the stip removed. It is way too easy to slip under that 50% mark.
Edit: also take note of those article 3 clerkships. Those people will probably end up at Dorsey or Faegre making more than their presently reporting classmates.
I don't think I would say 90-120 is average in the Cities... the data do not support that. Also, Nebraska did report new statistics. Their salary figures are lower, for sure (especially at the top), but very transparent, and they actually seem to get a lot of people to report salaries. 88.5% employed at 9 months and an average salary around $55,000 for everybody combined (66.2% report salary info compared to Minnesota in the 30s), with a max of 165,000... I know I will likely make less there, but since neither school is a GUARANTEE of anything, good or bad, I'm still on the fence. Also, I am trying to get them to lift the stips. That is very sound advice.
This is another discussion, but how does the clerkship career path work? I've never had that explained to me at all.
Edit: I'm not overhyping anything; just saying shit can happen at either school. $19,000 as a low at Nebraska is much less disconcerting than $10,000 out of Minnesota (the actual low). Also, the new low for Nebraska this year is $27,000. I don't plan on being in that bracket, but it gives you an idea of how badly things could end up. Encourages you to give SOME weight to the amount you borrow. Not smart to assume you'll be top 25%, LR, and getting six figures. Especially in this market. It is good to include that in your consideration, but you also need to allow for the worst-case scenario... at Minnesota, that means allowing for the fact that if you come out at the bottom of your class, you have to compete not only with Wisconsin and Iowa grads, but also the occasional T14s... not to mention William Mitchell, St. Thomas and Hamline, which are SOME competition, especially for the grads at the lower end of their Minnesota class. Furthermore, if you don't get a job in the cities, and wind up in more rural Minnesota... maybe it's just me, but I'd rather be dead. Or in Nebraska. Either way.