FGCUguy123 wrote:This is the key. An employer that is an Emory alum would not care that it dropped 8 spots.
This is probable. But most employers with more than a handful of attorneys have hiring committees that consist of alumni from various schools. This serves to completely negate any personal bias beyond school reputation (i.e. HYS > remaining T14 with ties > top regional schools > everyone else).
To counter your point: Even if a firm started out with a handful of Emory alums, it could end up like Wachtell. Wachtell was started by 6 NYU graduates and now you have to be very lucky to get a job at the firm from NYU (as opposed to HY [at least]).
But this wasn't the point I was conveying earlier. My point earlier was that no one wants to harm the reputation of their school. I believe that the primary reason for this is the snowballing effect that a bad reputation has.
I think part of the problem is that we, and the schools, are equating honesty with harming the reputation of the school. There is something very wrong with that thought process. Everyone knows we are just climbing out of a recession, and the class of 2011 got the worst of it. I do not think it serves anyone for schools or students to try to suppress information from the recession years. If the data has been collected, it will probably leak out, and it looks far more responsible if the school itself takes ownership and makes reliable and transparent information public.
This is not about blaming Emory or the students-- as others have said, it's about the reality of legal hiring in the markets where Emory grads commonly go. Moreover, this is data from one single year, and it has to be put into context to paint any sort of meaningful picture. The best thing for prospective students to do is to talk to current students, to get a sense of conditions for this year's 2Ls, and how much hiring has or has not improved at the school.
I love my own school very much, but I believe just as strongly that employment numbers should not be a secret, and if we had a survey of 3L outcomes, I would want it to be public.