stratocophic wrote:PLATONiC wrote:Desert Fox wrote:reverendt wrote:Why do people feel that the only way to gauge a school's value is by its biglaw placement?
Because biglaw placement roughly parallels job placement in all desirable jobs.
But to what percentage of WUSTL graduates get legitimate private sector jobs that are not biglaw??? Is the whole "midsize law firm" employment prospects previously mentioned a fluke?
WUSTL places a lot into midwestern cities that don't have (many or any) NLJ 250 firms, but do have firms that pay pretty well. A guy in the WUSTL 2013 thread did some calcs and came out with something like 60% of the last reported class making 6 figures or 90k or something (factoring in % reporting and all of that jazz).
Probablynot as good ITE, but keep in mind that NLJ 250 firm locations skew towards NY, DC, Chicago, LA, and maybe secondaries like Boston. Who's ahead of WashU in the NLJ250 rankings? Schools that are either in those markets or place almost solely into those markets (ahem, Fordham). However, what DF just said. Going off of TLS conventional wisdom, I don't think I'd pay sticker or close lower than T12ish/maybe Vandy (but again, I turned that down so no, I wouldn't).
I'm curious, though, how well the T14 places in midsize firms in comparison to WUSTL. What I'm in search of is the best job prospects; not necessarily "biglaw," but just a school that will get me a god damn associate position as long as I get median. How much better is Cornell/GULC at accomplishing this than WUSTL???