runinthefront wrote:Nebby wrote:OneHandedEconomist wrote:How should current 0L's interpret this data? Since there's about a year and a half until we go through OCI?
You should use this data in deciding what schools provide the best shot at biglaw or clerkships. The only outlier of the general placement trend is CLS, which has a subpar clerkship office, but anyone with good grades and hustle can still land clerkships.
A single year's data isn't as important as trends. Once the data is out and I have free time I will post a chart that shows 3 year trends. That trend data is more important than a single year data point.
What makes you think the offices at Cornell/UPenn/NU aren't similarly "bad" and deflating the clerkship numbers? (or that Chicago's/Harvard's clerkship offices are operating/placing students at their full potential?) Weird, unfounded comment to make.
because if you have clerked or gone through the application process, have any experience with judges and know those schools are not being treated identically, and can compare to an experience with Columbia's clerkship office, you see how unique the administrative failure has been and how it has an outsized impact on a single metric (students beginning their clerkship within 9 months of graduation), masking the far larger number of students that ultimately do clerk. To Columbia's credit they have begun to publish (and distribute internally) total starting federal clerkship numbers for the year as opposed to first years.