Gatriel wrote:cortnf wrote:Tommy Boy wrote:I know how hard it is to finish in the top 1-2% so that's why I'm saying it's only a hypothetical, but if you do finish that high at a T2 school can you get a BIGLAW job in any market you want ?
stupid hypothetical. and ITE i wouldn't be surprised if even top students at T2 get shitlaw
Lemme guess. . . . unless you go to T14 and top 10 you're going to be pushing burgers at McDonalds. . . . .
Listen man, if you graduate top of your class from a T2 school (that is 52-100) then I don't see a problem going BigLaw.
Look at the pre-ITE data (for C/O '10 who did OCI in 2008 before the recession really hit): http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/law%20sc ... page12.pdf
The top 25 schools on that list (which are all ~T30) placed 3,486 students into NLJ250 jobs at graduation. The rest of the Tier 1 placed another 600 students. There were 4,555 students hired into NLJ250 firms overall, so that leaves 469 jobs for the Tier 2 (+ weak Tier 1) schools.
Now there are 45,000 JDs per year, about 15,000 at T3/T4 schools. Let's assume none get jobs. There are about 11,000 graduates in the T1 schools that make the T50 (by placement) list. That's about 19,000 Tier 2 graduates each year. There are about 1,900 people in the top 10% of the Tier 2. That means 3/4 of them must not get NLJ250 jobs.
And that's optimistic. There are people with connections, etc, there are strong T3/T4s, etc. Plus, that data is pre-ITE. Since the recession, firms have cut to the bone on hiring even from strong regional Tier 1s, and eliminated hiring at T2/T3/T4 schools. Aside from a few very strong T2s, even for the top 10% biglaw is not only not likely, it's unlikely.