Flips88 wrote:badgerprotests wrote:Flips88 wrote:badgerprotests wrote:I'm a current 3L and would be happy to answer any questions ya'll might have.
Obviously the job market will be different in 3 years (god willing), but how is it for 3Ls looking for post-grad employment now?
Also, how is UW's placement in Chicago?
It is very tough for 3Ls looking for post-grad work now. There are 37 jobs posted on the job bank right now. The majority of these are fellowships, unpaid internships, etc...There are a few attorney positions posted, but they are looking for a very specific type of applicant. Other than that job bank, it's all about who you know, I guess. A very large number of the 3L class is still looking for work.
UW's placement in Chicago is, quite honestly, very bad. According to the self-reported spreadsheet we get that shows where students are working each summer, there were 3 students from the current 3L class in Chicago "biglaw" last summer. There were a few others at firms, but I'm not sure how big those firms are or what they do. The NLJ list is indicative, I think, of UW's placement. For 2010 grads, something like 12% went to those firms. I think it'll be even lower for 2011 grads.
See I'm not necessarily interested in Big Law. PI/Government work is more what I'm aiming for so I don't know how that affects possibilities.
Thanks for being brutally honest though. It's nice not having the school stringing you along with fudged statistics like every school does.
Oh, don't get me wrong, they still fudge statistics.
According to TLS: "Percent of graduates employed 9 months after graduation: 96.9%
Median private sector salary: $115,000"
Also, the last time I checked, employment statistics are nowhere to be found on the law school's website. That is in contrast to when I was applying. They used to have charts showing the data everyone knows is faulty, but now they don't have anything.