rose711 wrote:Just to be clear,this report is actual hiring, not just those who got jobs though OCI or as summer associates. So this reflects the numbers of starting 1st years regardless of how they got to the firm. Or am I wrong about that?
Yes, that is correct. But 3L hiring that year was the lowest it has ever been in the history of 3L hiring, if I recall correctly. I believe 3% of firms interviewed 3Ls.
Cute, but largely useless. The changes from class of '09 to class of '10 in the legal hiring landscape was enormous, making an average of the two years largely unmeaninful. That goes even more for class of 2008, where almost everyone at the top law schools could get biglaw if they wanted. It's averaging apples and oranges.
FiveSermon wrote:Are these data...reliable? I'm still in shock at how drastically different they are...
Completely reliable. This is a survey of the 250 largest legal employers reporting on their entering classes, and there's no reason to believe it falls short of total responsiveness. The NLJ survey data has been the most reliable metric of school placement power we have had access to. The class of 2005 data is still in my opinion the best snapshot of the relative placement potential between the top schools.