keg411 wrote: thesealocust wrote:
JusticeHarlan wrote:Obviously, it'll depend on how many firms would be going to OCI at the old schoo
I think you're failing to appreciate how quickly OCI size diminishes as you move down law school rankings. It's often something like hundreds of firms at T14-like schools and maybe
a couple dozen, many of which are smaller, at lower ranked schools. There are dozens, possibly hundreds of firms (or at least offices of firms) which just don't recruit past the T14 and a few select schools in their region.
Example (2011 NALP recruitment - I just picked a few random schools; if anyone wants to see other ones, I probably have those numbers as well):
Columbia - 132 firms/465 offices
Northwestern - 117 firms/361 offices
UCLA - 88 firms/325 offices
Vanderbilt - 71/253 offices
USC - 75 firms/292 offices
WUSTL - 47 firms/153 offices
Notre Dame - 51 firms/148 offices
Minnesota - 28 firms/65 offices
And around there, most firms are in the 20's/teens until you get to the real TTT's.
You both make good points, this is only really an argument is we're talking about a T30 school in a solid region.
But once we're in that range, you're going to get a much higher % of the firms who are interviewing at your school if you're at a preselect, rather than a lottery, right?
Let's take CLS v. Notre Dame. (Assume CLS is pure lottery, Notre Dame is pure preselect.) Sure, there are a lot more firms at CLS, but how many can you expect to get through the lottery? A good number, but not anywhere near even half of them. Being top 5% at Notre Dame, you probably have pretty close to your pick of those firms that have made the trek to South Bend to interview Notre Dame kids (for screening interviews, that is, not necessarily any later step). Won't you grab so high a percent of those 51 firms that it'll start to come pretty close?
I'm so ignorant about this, it probably borders on negligently spreading terribly wrong information, so I'll stop. It was just a musing I had recently. Continue to tear apart with logic, reasoning, statistics and facts, for the good of TLS.