Desert Fox wrote:It is important to realize that these numbers are merely students who get it, not some objective number of how much of a class could get big lawl.
Self selection is a huge and virtually impossible to account for:
Which markets you target can be a huge difference. If the % of penn students who targeted DC was the same as the ones from Georgetown, Penn wouldn't be #1. The locations Cornell and Michigan try to place into are radically different.
I also don't think it's much of a coincident that rural school tend to do worse. People big cities tend to avoid those schools. And people from smaller towns don't. And then they try to get back to their secondary or tertiary markets (some of which don't even have many NLj250 firms) it's hard.
Of course, there are different numbers of PI kiddies, JD/MBA bros, daddy's paying my tuition, etc. etc. which mess it around.
I sincerely doubt a student who goes to Michigan has 20% less chance of getting big law than if she had gone to Penn, and made the same grades, had the same resume, interview the same, at the same firms.
What should be clear:
CNN > MVPB> DNCG is a stupid 0L scheme based on how hard these schools are to GET into. It's never had anything to do with job placement.
UVA's TTT OCI interviewing system is a joke that hurts most of the class for the benefit of a few who don't need any help
These schools aren't work 250K of debt.
Even as a metric for admissions, the distinction is pretty worthless. Northwestern is hella hard to get into if you dont have WE, even if your numbers are good. UVA waitlists the fuck out of people, and Penn YPs pretty heavily as well. Berk is just super random.