BruceWayne wrote:OMG a lot of the top 10 is under 50 percent now. I remember when I first began looking at law schools every top 10 had at least 50 percent of the class in nlj 250--Columbia used to have 70+ percent.....this is really getting bad. Look what happened to Duke!!!! 38 percent
Some of it could be self-selection. Many graduates don't want the hassle of knowing they may have to leave BigLaw involuntarily, so they have elect not to play the game and go into PI or gov't sector jobs. Some may go the Business route or stay in school to get a masters or MBA. Others go into university administration or go overseas.
Plus, you have to remember, many top grads don't want BigLaw anyways, so to make BigLaw at a school that places 38% of its graduates in BigLaw, you may only need to be in the top 45-50%. That's still a fair chance. And if you are URM at a school like that, an employer may need to replace a URM who left the firm and thus may dig even deeper into the pool to find someone with potential (say top-55%). No one should rely on this, but it is a reality.