redbullvodka wrote:+1. Trying to ascertain whether aspiring career biglaw lawyers really get pushed/fired/w/e you want to call it before year 5. Seems like a lot of this is your choice for the first 5 years, so someone committed to 4-5 years of biglaw should be fine paying sticker at a place like NYU. Someone who wants a biglaw career has even less of a choice ITE -- they should largely be shooting for the best placing school they can get into.
I don't think this is a very good way to think about it. There's a big difference between sitting here and saying: "Oh yes, I will be able to last 5 years in biglaw. I'm committed to it after all." and actually practicing in that environment for 5 years. There's a reason the attrition rate is so high.
You also seem to be making the assumption that going to NYU at sticker yields biglaw. The economy is slowly picking up (~80% of OCI participants at NYU got at least one offer in 2011), but it's by no means a guarantee. I think it's rayiner who has pointed out repeatedly that ITE, people are getting 3-4 CBs --> 1 offer, which is markedly different from before the crash.
So, yes, it's nice to maximize biglaw options, but at the same time, one should be weighing other options as well (e.g., lower T14 with $).