OfThriceandTen wrote:cotiger wrote:CTT wrote:Real Madrid wrote:
You have no idea what I know. And I can guarantee you I know more about the SF market than you do. Going to Michigan expecting to end up in SF with no ties is just foolish.
Why do Michigan students always jump in on these threads? Despite their numerous anecdotes, the actual numbers don't lie: Michigan's placement power has plummeted in recent years. That's a fact.
Michigan sends a lower percent of the class to law firms with more than 100 lawyers than many comparable law schools. You are making a logical error in concluding that a school that places a larger emphasis on public interest and government work and also sends a higher proportion of students into those areas is necessarily worse for BigLaw. It appears that while we may not know what you know, you don't know what you don't know.
While I have no direct knowledge of Michigan's placement, I don't think PI/Gov emphasis can explain the entire placement gap. Taking all PI/Gov grads out of the equation, Michigan placed an average of 61% of the rest their classes in biglaw/fedclerk over the last three years. This is the second lowest of the T14 besides GULC (Duke 66.2 > NU 63.5 > Michigan 61 > GULC 53.2). The most comparably PI/Gov-focused school, Berkeley, comes in at 68.4%.
What. You basically said you don't think the PI/Gov emphasis can explain the gap, and proceed to "prove" that by taking all of the PI/Gov jobs out of your equation?
Yeah. Of the non-PI/Gov people, still a relatively low percentage get biglaw/clerkship. For instance if school A has 5% PI people and 70% get biglaw, then 74% of non-PI get BL/FC (70/95). If school B has 25% PI and 60% get BL/FC, then that's actually a more impressive BL/FC showing bc 80% of non-PI people got it (60/75). The point is, even using this correction Michigan struggles in BL/FC relative to other T14.