Julio_El_Chavo wrote:I was pointing out that his argument is almost totally irrelevant to the bottom 50% of the class at NYU. It's the bottom 50% at every T10 law school that's hard to employ, not the top 50%. I think below median people at UVA and NYU have the same kinds of problems finding employment and I don't think being in NYC materially makes things better for below median NYU students.
What happens to the top half definitely has a bearing on what happens to the bottom half. At most of the T14, V15 places with big summer classes like Paul Weiss or Debevoise want top 20% or so, and will dip down into the top 1/3 for students. At CLS/NYU they look for top 1/3 and will dip down into the top 1/2 (or occasionally even lower). Being in NYC makes all the difference --- CLS/NYU are core recruiting schools for these firms. They don't care a whole lot if they don't get any, say, Michigan students in a given year (which was true at DPW last year) but are looking to hire ~15 students each from CLS/NYU.
Someone below-median at either NYU or UVA is going to target Dewey, Milbank, and other firms that have big classes but aren't that grade-selective. The difference is that at these firms the NYU kid will face much less competition from his above-median peers. Most of the top 1/3 will get a V15 and some of the top 1/2 will as well. At UVA a lot of top 1/3 folks will not get V10, and almost no top 1/2 folks will. This makes a material difference. It's not necessarily the difference between a job and no job, but it does mean substantially better odds of getting a job.