miamiman wrote: XxSpyKEx wrote: chadwick218 wrote:
underachiever wrote:I really think all 3 are equal and Penn has a much smaller class to get employed, which i think is an advantage. (only 250ish)
Credited. FWIW, this also is the reason why NU places so high on NALP placement (smaller class size and self-selection). Public interest is certainly secondary at NU and thought of as a career track only for those who failed at OCI.
I think a small class size is an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. E.g. it's not so clear to me that it would be any easier to fall in the top 110/207 students at UChi then it would be top 214/405 students at Virginia. It might actually be easier to fall into the that 214/405 pool than the 110/207 pool because of the larger sample size. http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... hbxlogin=1
i'm curious to hear a response to this
Class size winds up being a wash.
Big class size: More employers come to OCI because they have better odds of snagging a student, employers may be willing to take more students, the alumni base is larger amongst judges, firms, PI shops, and government positions. BUT there are more students that have to be placed to make the statistics work out.
Small class size: The opposite of the above. Fewer students to place, but less placement ability.
The top 14 plays this out:
7s) Small and Small
11s) Small and small
There are more small law schools, but there's actually a shockingly even distribution amongst the top schools in terms of class sizes. There's some efficiency to packing people in (more profs, more classes, more clinics) and some inefficiency (more faceless, bigger class sizes, more students to place). All in all though, it's a wash.
Oh, and re: the go to law schools - schools wind up being ranked on something for which they aren't directly competing. Schools aren't trying to cram as many students into NLJ jobs as possible. Boutique firms, PI shops, government gigs, and clerkships all detract from NLJ numbers. Northwestern 'wins' in large part, as others have noted, because of self selection.
If you add up the # of grads in 'highly personally desirable legal jobs' you get (prepare to be shocked):