JCougar wrote:Just as the NLJ's "top 100 firms" is overly restrictive when defining Biglaw, firms of 100+ is probably overbroad. There's a lot of firms in that range that really aren't Biglaw at all. Even just outside the top 100, there's national plaintiff mills and insurance defense firms that pay way less than market, but have the same hours and retention rates of Biglaw.
Not that these firms can't be good learning experiences with near-zero debt, but you're going to be really pressed for money paying rent on the coasts, plus paying what will likely be less than a full interest payment on your student loans.
Maybe, but it's probably closer to an accurate picture of "good" outcomes than the NLJ 100 is. Even if you think that's overbroad, it's probably balanced out by the people who got the jobs they wanted that aren't covered in that (government, PI, boutiques, etc.). And again: the % of people who actually start at Wash U who get these jobs is higher than the % who graduate because of the effect of transfers in/out.
(And I'm not sure how many people at 100+ attorney firms aren't making enough to afford rent + interest. And I also doubt you need near-zero debt to afford that.)