I'm not sure when, but at some point in the past few weeks the 2010 stats went live on the Careers website. [Class of 2010 = SAs during 2009 = OCI in fall of 2008... right before the poop hit the fan]

http://www.law.umich.edu/careers/classs ... stats.aspx10 initial observations, mostly indicating the complete havoc of ITE:

1. Class of 2010 was about 40 students smaller than 2009, so keep the other numbers in perspective.

2. But even with a smaller class, 70 fewer students were in private practice.

3. Clerkship massacre - down to 38 total clerks, 27 of whom report salaries. Previous years had 50-odd clerks, and a higher proportion reporting their salaries.

4. Salary reporting falls off a cliff. From ~250 reporting down to 169, despite the smaller graduating class? Interestingly, this drop almost exactly corresponds to the drop in the raw # of students in private practice.

5. Something is very, very weird about the 2010 government placement stats. From 10 in 2008 and 2009 up to 34? But only 9 of them report salaries? "Government fellowships," or what?

6. Similarly, public interest ticks up by 5 students despite a smaller class. Not sure how much you can draw from that, though, or from the jump from 20-some students in 07/08 to 30-some in 09/10.

7. 180/374 (48%) of students went to firms with more than 100 attorneys. Previous year was 263/412 (64%).

8. The "academic" and "business" numbers are higher than 2009, but don't look too different from numbers in earlier years.

9. Why no salary information on the business or public interest categories? Almost identical numbers of students in PI and in clerkships, but only the clerkship salary info is included.

10. Assuming that the 3 students not reporting anything at all were unemployed at graduation, that's 16 out of 374 unemployed (4.3%)... and if you'll buy that, I'm willing to swap my Eastern and Western Michigan tickets for your ND and OSU tickets straight up.

I don't really have the inclination to dig deeper right now... but I'm sure there are other trends worth noting as well. Have at it.