motiontodismiss wrote:How's Michigan's placement (no market in particular, just something east of the Mississippi)? I keep hearing horror stories about how Mich is a TTT in decline.
I can't speak conclusively- but OCI went well this year I think. People that wanted biglaw jobs in whatever market they wanted seemed to be okay. There are obviously exceptions to this, but many people had their choice of job, and some had scholarship offers as well. I don't think that as long as you have a decent personality and don't seem boring as hell in an interview you would have no problem finding a job in any market. The alumni network for MLaw is crazy dedicated to the school, and consistently try and recruit from here.
hope this helps!
I love Michigan, but disagree on this point.
Judging from past years' stats (as inadequate as they may be for ITE), I think Michigan does about as well in terms of BigLaw placement as any other T14 (outside of HYS). I definitely know people who tried for BigLaw and didn't make it (especially when aiming outside of NYC). It's very tempting to try to put a number on this, although it's a questionable endeavor without better data; 50/50 chance at median sounds kind of right, but I honestly lack the data to be firmer. Smart OCI strategy helps immensely: you should definitely talk to a 2L or 3L over the summer about what to do when (e.g., mass-mailing); OCI is not entirely intuitive and non-obvious mistakes can hurt you a lot, it seems. That said, I have no reason to believe Michigan is dramatically underperforming or overperforming its "prestige level".
I also feel I should second the part about alumni, despite my disagreement with the "if you want BigLaw, it's yours!" suggestion: I get the feeling that Michigan alums are uncommonly loyal to the school, and are really willing to go to bat for you at their firms (and agencies, organizations, courts, etc.). That can help a lot when firms are flooded with applications and have way more "good choices" than they need.