senorhosh wrote: IFoughtTheLaw wrote:
senorhosh wrote:1. Would you recommend NYU at sticker, knowing what you know now?
2. What happened to those who strike out at OCI (if you know any)? The thought of 300k debt and striking out is pretty scare..
3. What's the class grade distribution like? What I is what percent of the class is at median, top 25%, etc. and how does this compare to other schools? (ie: I'd imagine a school where the majority if the class is at median will have both its pros and cons).
4. I keep hearing "80% of participants got an offer at EIW". Besides ASW, where can I get more info on this? Why are biglaw rates much lower than that (20-30%)?
1) This is impossible to answer without more detail on you. For the right person, sure.
2) I know at least 3 who struck out. One got a job at a smaller firm they are very happy with. The two others eventually found firm jobs, but are looking to switch during 3L, because the firm is either not in their ideal geography or practice area. In all cases, I think they were insufficiently serious about OCI, and had they done their homework and prepared well, could have avoided striking out.
3.) What? 25% is top 25%. I'm either missing something here or this question makes me weep for law students numerical skills... If you mean what the grade distribution is (how many get A-, B+, etc.) google "NYU law grade distribution" and you'll find a file on the NYU website.
4.) Towards the end of 1L they give you lots of private data they don't like to release publicly.
As for #3...
I was under the impression class rank was "estimated" rather than exact.
(Ie: Rank 45-55% would all fall under "median") Not sure where I heard that from but if it's not true then my question is moot.
Well, yeah, only one person (plus ties, if there are any) will actually BE the median. How many people are close enough that you would consider them "at the median" is up to you--if the median is 3.27, do you want to consider the range of 3.25-3.30 close enough? 3.20-3.35? However many people would make it five percent (ten percent, fifteen percent, etc.) of the class? There is no official
"median" ranking, since there are no rankings at all, and they'll never tell us what the median actually is.
I think what you're really trying to ask here is how tightly packed the grade distribution is--that is, if the median is 3.27, how many people will fall in the approximate range of 3.20-3.35. Unfortunately, there isn't really any way for us to answer this, since the school is so tight-lipped when it comes to GPAs (we officially "don't have GPAs" at all, actually
). That being said, it's probably safe to assume a fairly standard bell curve--most of the students will naturally be somewhere near the median, with fewer and fewer people as you get further away from it in either direction. I don't see any reason to think the curve is a particularly narrow or a particularly broad one (but to be fair, I'm certainly no statistician, so perhaps there's something I'm just not seeing).