Tiago Splitter wrote: toothbrush wrote:
Tiago Splitter wrote:http://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/careers/files/2014_aba_employment_summary.pdf
what positions make up the 31 school funded, do you know? are those teaching fellowships/ associate professors (the research one)?
Pretty sure it's mostly PI.
Tiago Splitter wrote:Just lol @ Columbia's 4.7% fed clerkships. Once is an accident, twice is a trend.
Damn. Did you expect that?
It does seem like with the collapse of the Plan more and more people are aiming to clerk after working for some time, which at a school as biglaw-heavy as CLS could suppress the clerkship numbers at 9 months. Don't mean to turn this into a clerkship discussion, just curious about this trend.
Could be some of that. More than anything people who self-select into a school like Columbia just aren't as likely to be geographically flexible compared to their peers at schools like Chicago and UVA.
Columbia did have a 7.1% increase in class size b/t 2013 and 2014 and still improved its stats, while many other comparable schools had less students.
The low numbers are upsetting, but anecdotally, it seems your class might make a comeback. I don't know that many 3Ls but among the ones I do
know, at least eight of them have clerkships for next year. Which suggests there are more than 23 in the class as a whole.
It's a shame the numbers can't capture students who have a clerkship lined up the following year. I think that would help both Harvard and Columbia. Columbia 1L professors are not proactive enough about supplying recommendations -- in part due to size, but also culture -- so students often have to wait for spring of 2L to gather three strong faculty members letters. By then SDNY/2nd are often already hiring for a year out from their graduation. In my experience with the process it's become increasingly common, even a majority of cases, at CLS to secure your clerkship for a year out of school, whereas this didn't used to be the case.
Firms have also become more flexible with it. A notable drawback of some firms that comes up during interviewing (*cough* CSM) is their failure to guarantee class credit and a return spot to a student who clerks a year or two out.