rayiner wrote:This data has nothing to do with who can pull biglaw from where in the class. These folks were all hired before the crash, and thus (from the T14) include people way below the median.
What this data reflects is who got no-offered, which is largely independent of grades and mostly dependent on market and firm. Lots of people with great grades didn't get a job while people with lesser grades did. Eg. Before the crash, Latham was the "cool" V10. Lots of people wih great grades took a Latham offer for the summer then got no-offered full-time. Meanwhile people with similar or even lower grades ended up at Skadden got full-time offers (after deferral).
Arguing about the rank-order of the schools based on this data is dumb. Duke isn't a TTT b/c it placed 38% rather than 45% like the other lower T14. It just placed more people in Atlanta, etc, which had vicious offer rates. While NYC gave offers to 90% of summer associates, the top ATL firms gave offers to only 50%.
Bingo, though I'll quibble a bit with saying they were all hired before the crash. Lehman crashed literally in the middle of OCI/callback season.
Regardless, 2008 OCI/hiring season was the most weird and anomalous that probably has ever occurred, save for maybe 2001 for obvious reasons. As many have said, next year's numbers from 2009 OCI will look even worse, but at least they will be consistent and not basically firm and market-specific like this one was.
People in this thread saying that this list "settles" questions, using it to cheerlead for their favorite school, or seriously waffling on attending because of the data probably don't have to worry about NLJ hiring.
This is only one data point out of dozens you should consider when deciding where to go.