JayJones78 wrote: alwayssunnyinfl wrote:
JayJones78 wrote:Interesting. I have no desire to live or work in Miami and it appears that W&L still has a name for itself in NYC. I was also kind of surprised to find it at #25 or so in the NJL250. I wanted to bring this up because from the pure ranking perspective they are very close.
I don't know if you could bank on that. While the rankings are similar and the employment statistics, on the surface, seem similar, dig a little deeper and you find pretty big differences. WUSTL's large firm and public sector placement is marginally better (5% and 7% better) but WUSTL had almost no school-funded positions. Also, their salary statistics are much higher (although there are documented flaws in the way they collect those.)
As cuse pointed out, they are very different schools in very different markets, but all other costs equal, I would go to WUSTL because I would rather be in the Midwest than rural Virginia.
you see I disagree there. I don't know what I'll rather do at this point. I was accepted to W&L and still waiting to hear from WUSTL but for me STL is not the draw, the draw is the school itself. If I choose to go there it's because I believe the school is good choice and fit for me. The fact that they place in completely different markets is a given, but as far biglaw jobs I'm not sure they are different. Plus, if we are talking clerkships I keep hearing from people that W&L is a clear contender when talking about schools in the 20s
It sounds like school-fit and job placement takes precedence over location for you, which I agree with for the most part. I could see why W&L would do better for clerkships since it's closer to DC and other jurisdictions that may have more clerkships openings. But consider this:
According to LST (lets assume it's reliable), for the Class of 2011:
WashU sent 3.8% to clerkships and W&L sent 7.8%
But WashU's Class of 2011 was 317 students, whereas W&L was 129
So while W&L sent a higher percentage to clerkships, WashU sent more actual students into clerkships
(WashU sent 12 and W&L sent 10)
Now, is 12 much better than 10? No absolutely not. My point is that W&L's clerkship placement can seem misleadingly higher if you're just looking at percentages. Also remember that many lawyers go do clerkships after they've practiced for a year or two in BigLaw or some other private sector position. Which school will give you a better chance at getting into private practice? (I dunno, but something you should consider)
Ultimately I think the final choice will come down to debt and your career preferences, they're both good schools =)
EDIT: Damn..Sunny beat me to it haha