Mozart Lacrimosa wrote:LETS, thanks for the cogent analysis. JCougs is definitely off the reservation. Probably a bit darker than the median outcome but still not a great poster boy for Washu.
But to your point, if people around median find some type of work and STL doesn't dip that far into the class. Where are these people going? Back to their hometowns? I like the 10% or so that go to NY but if that's mostly people going back home that's discouraging.
I'm not trying to knock wustl individually. I know things can be tough no matter what school.
First: no offense to LETS but he's a 1L. Take his unabashed optimism with a grain of salt. I have plenty of friends (3Ls) who still haven't found anything, and graduation is in a month. Do not just dismiss JCougs as being totally off the reservation and accept a contrary opinion just because it is more rosy and therefore easier to swallow. Should you expect to turn out like JCougs if you're median? Perhaps not, but it's also not impossible (or even all that improbable). You also shouldn't assume that you will even be as high as median. And remember: only about half of WUSTL students have jobs at graduation.
STL dips plenty far into the class for the right person, but if you're just some random bro from Chicago or one of the coasts, or just generally not from/connected to St. Louis, it will not dip very far at all for you. Some people below median end up getting smallish firm gigs in STL, and some people above median don't get anything. I'm really not sure where everyone ends up, and I can tell you that a decent chunk of NY placement is for big law. Regardless though, you shouldn't come here expecting that (or a similar) outcome.
(Some people at median DO get STL biglaw by the way. But if this is a realistic possibility for you, you probably already know).