dixiecupdrinking wrote:1. Actual placement ≠ placement power.
2. Biglaw placement is irrelevant to someone who doesn't want it.
So what does that have to do with UVA placing 3x (almost 4x) more students per capita into clerkships than GULC, or with GULC's troublingly high overall unemployment rate? All it sounds like here is that UVA students have more freedom of career path than GULC students.
3. Living in Charlottesville for three years is vastly inferior to living in D.C. for getting practical experience during law school, which is very important for public interest jobs.
I'm with you in that I'd personally much rather spend three years in DC than Charlottesville (though COL is certainly lower in the latter), not that that has anything to do with OP.
But isn't most "practical experience" acquired during summer positions as opposed to the school year? I suppose clinics would be the exception.
4. I don't know where you're getting your data but LST says UVA has 19.8% public interest with 15.1% school-funded, so you're really looking at something like 4-5% "actual" public interest jobs. GULC has 25.6% public interest with 13.3% school-funded, so 12-13% "actual" public interest jobs. I think the utility of the data is limited when it comes to public interest work, because self-selection is hard to capture, but to the extent the numbers say anything, they don't say what you're claiming they do.
Aggregate data from LST, ABA, NALP, and school reports.
http://abovethelaw.com/schools/universi ... employment
http://abovethelaw.com/schools/georgeto ... employment