I wasn't being hostile and defensive. However, if it came off that way, then maybe I can explain more clearly.
I meant exactly what I said, nothing more and nothing less. For a variety of reasons, I believe many of these statements are inaccurate. Not just the placement perceptions you have stated, but the concepts about COA and what makes a JD valuable. The problem is that my responses to those statements are in depth.
I said people can contact me because I am more than willing to talk at great length to anyone who that has an actual interest in Wake Forest about the job prospects, the pros and cons, where we place, and everything else. I don't ever want to "sell" someone on Wake Forest. My perspective is that every person should make the decision that's right for them. I would never want someone coming to Wake Forest and later think they had been sold a false bill of goods.
I didn't want to get involved in a big back and forth about larger topics when my words are wasted on most - not because it's an argument or people "don't get it" or any other reason like that - I just have no desire to convince anyone of anything, and most of the people opining have no interest one way or the other in Wake. I'm happy to answer any questions anyone might have who wants information, but I'm not out to convert anyone or change anyone's mind. I can't speak to Indiana, Fordham, or Seton Hall, and it would be inappropriate for me to do so. Not because I don't know the numbers posted online, but because many law school employment numbers in general these days are not comparable. A few schools have blatantly lied, others hire people to be able to report them as employed, and others adjust their reporting measures. I don't know how other schools report their numbers, I only know about us and what those numbers mean, and what those numbers don't mean. We have posted some of our data online if anyone would like to see, although even that is an incomplete picture. http://career.law.wfu.edu/stats/
I have talked with plenty of prospective students and I am always direct and blunt about everything, and I have had many discussions with Career Services because I want to make sure that I can stand behind everything I say and I actually know all the details about our placement and numbers. I only know the facts as they pertain to Wake. I know who has gone where, and where we place, and where we don't. And I feel comfortable saying that Wake places very well when students seek work in other locations. I find it interesting that someone can claim Wake's degree isn't portable when I was the one who was interviewing with that on my resume, as were my classmates. Two of the job offers I got outside the state were specifically BECAUSE I went to Wake. I mean, I would think that my perspective would have a little bit more weight, homerism and personal bias aside.
The number one reason Wake doesn't place large numbers of people in D.C., NYC, or L.A. is because most people who come here don't want to go there, they want to stay in and around North Carolina. I only know one person who came here saying he only wanted to practice in New York City...and that's where he's going. I came here planning to practice in North Carolina, but changed my mind for a variety of reasons, otherwise I definitely would have stayed.
(This is why I said people could just contact me...I wanted to avoid a big long diatribe like I just wrote.)