Ostrizr316 wrote:That does seem true, I found it interesting; but what do you make of this?
The data from the NALP Directory of Legal Employers shows 371 firms interviewing Penn graduates, whereas only 284 for Yale. What can we take from that?
If you're convinced by that kind of logic I've got a Cooley degree that I'll be happy to sign you up for. Its a J.D. which is really respected and you can do anything with. Plus, employers just care that you got your degree and it really doesn't matter where you went to school.
Do some math (I know, a frightening prospect for any 0L)
Yale's class size- 214
Penn's Class size- 255
% of Yale's class going directly into private practice- 40% (clerkship 31%, Government 12%)
% of Penn's class going directly into private practice- 77% (clerkship 17%)
Approx number of Yale grads looking to actually start a private practice job = 87
Approx number of Penn grads looking to actually start a private practice job = 196
I would guess that the number of Firms has a lot less to do with them not wanting to hire Yale grads and having more to do with the 87 Yale grads never looking at about 100 of those firms.
People who do clerkships also participate in OCI. You don't find out about clerkships until your 3L year, and many people who clerk have jobs lined up after their clerkship is over. Also, there is no way that there are 371 different firms interviewing Penn students. Maybe 371 different OFFICES, but not that many firms.
I think the main reason why there might be more firms at Penn's OCI is that Penn is in Philadelphia, whereas Yale is in New Haven. Philadelphia has a legal market, with a number of small and mid-size firms that are happy to compete for the 50% of Penn's class that didn't get Biglaw from its early interview week program. New Haven does not.