mh33 wrote:In via status checker.
Anyone else looked at W & L's employment statistics? I was expecting much better from a school ranked #24. Do people have any more insight to share?
No insight here, just rampant speculation. One person essential equals roughly one percent at W&L, so a very small amount of otherwise qualified folks deciding to pursue non-legal careers could take the number down from 60 to 55 percent employment. There might also be very limited networking opportunities in Lexington, which is one of my top concerns.
Realistically though, I think that W&L is over-ranked at the moment. Two years ago I think it was ranked in the mid-thirties, which is likely more appropriate. And I would speculate that the medians dropped last year due to the over-enrollment (lots of 3.6/160 types were admitted with schollies and attended last cycle based on LSN and TLS), so they may very well be headed for a correction in the rankings.
I'd be surprised if W&L is ranked higher than 30 or the very high 20's when the new rankings come out. Once W&L is back ranked amongst peer schools at #30 or so, the employment numbers will make more sense. I'd consider it a peer with W&M, and the employment numbers are practically identical.
Not knocking the school, I love W&L, just nerding out about law school rankings.