Rawlsian wrote:NayBoer wrote:Vandy is a good school, but I want to inject some skepticism ITT.
In the NLJ 2007 and 2008 rankings it was behind all other T14s and USC. In 2008 it was also behind BC.
The main point is that VULS actually made a slight % gain (possibly due to the top of the class choosing biglaw over clerking? wild speculation) and kept its position from the boom. No other school was able to make gains, and almost all others fell. GULC dropped from high 40s to low 40s and Cornell from low 60s to low 40s.
http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... hbxlogin=1
http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 2428438260
The real question is how this will shake out in the future, as the market continues to change. I'm not sure anybody can answer that reliably.
A good point. But keep in mind that placement in clerkships has been enjoying parallel success, and Vandy is now outplacing several t-14's in art. III clerkships as well. Vandy is improving, and not just in placement statistics. Here are Vandy's recent classes' medians:
2010: 167, 3.74
2011: 168, 3.72
2012: 168, 3.71
I believe the median this year will move to 169. Granted, the median at several t14's will probably increase as well, but Vandy's student quality (understood by the numbers) is competitive with the lower t-14s; add a smaller class than most, and broad geographic placement, and I believe these placement trends will continue.
/end of my Vandy trolling
Medians are reflected in rankings but don't mean anything when it comes to employment.