Connelly wrote:Here are the numbers from the site:General Employment Statistics (99.15% of the Class of 2008 reported employment information)
At Graduation Employment Rate: 85.34%
9 Month Out Employment Rate: 95.05%
Average Salary: $131,477
Median Salary: $160,000
With 87.13% of graduates reporting salary information...
Going off of these, you would only need at most 44ish percent of all students to get placed at firms paying $160k (or higher). Considering this is a well-ranked school that doesn't push out clerkships like its higher-ranked competitors in the area, it's not outlandish that Fordham could be supplying large amounts of associates for law firms in NY. Even non-biglaw was paying $160k in 2008. Fordham may also be able to skew the stats a little higher relative to other NY schools since they have the highest ranking PT program in the area. A bunch of working professionals who could have gone to better schools if they had chosen the FT route along with enough IP grads, and these numbers aren't impossible. Misleading, of course, but not impossible.
TITCR. They said only 87% reported. In the huge boom years fordham placed about 44% of its grads in biglaw and other top firms. Hence, they were making 160k and that was the median salary for those who reported. The OP's should read statistics MORE CLOSELY.