I posted this in the other thread, but I'll add it here as well:
The spreadsheet of "50-500+ and fed clerkships" and the breakdown of placement by firm sizes seems to confirm so much of the "TLS groupthink" or "hivemind" or whatever you want to call it regarding firm placement for T15-30 schools.
-Vandy/USC/UCLA/UT are in a class below the T14, but clearly higher than the T20.
-BU/BC/Fordham are slightly below this group, but above the "Midwest T20s" in firm placement.
-ND, Illinois, and WUSTL are truly peers, as much as any schools could be. Every reliable job stat I have ever seen has them lumped closely together.
-UMN and Iowa are a step below WUSTL/ND/Illinois.
-Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona State, and Washington are T30 in in name only.
Though I'd be interested to see how these compare to future numbers before making definitive conclusions, they seem to align with how I've always thought of these schools relative to one another.
if you look at the data back a few years of the go-to schools, Vandy, USC, UCLA, and UT do seem to have a subgroup
BU/BC/Fordham pulling away from GW, Emory, ND, and WUSTL appears to a little bit more recent, and might just be due to NYC not being hit as bad and/or recovering a little bit faster than other places. A more long term difference is that some of these schools have consistently higher A-III clerkships numbers than others in this group (ND and Emory higher than some T-14's) http://clerkshipscramble.blogspot.com/2 ... kship.html
(obviously reporting errors have something to do with Washington, Zona, Charleston, and maybe Georgia, Colorado, UNLV and Bama though I don't think anyone can for sure call BS, they could really just load up in their home market...not sure who else would clerk in the N.D.Ala)
Also,not sure that we can trust any Illinois self-reporting stats....