I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet in this thread, but it may also be worth noting that I believe Wash U is aiming for around 200 students in the c/o 2016, for what that's worth.
For those interested, since the LSN seemed to cause some interest:Class Profile c/o 2013Class Profile c/o 2014
Class Profile c/o 2015 (LinkRemoved)
I'm really curious to see what the employment info for the c/o 2012 looks like in the upcoming few weeks (hopefully). I'm not sure if it'll play into my decision at all, but it could do quite a bit to assuage any hesitations I have about WUSTL.
Hopefully it's around or less than 200..the slower rate of decisions to me suggests that they're being more careful lest they accidentally have a redux of the C/O 2013 and have a huge class. The whole interview process this year was unprecedented for WUSTL too.
I was at actually visiting WUSTL when last year's NLJ250 data came out..and I remember freaking out and going to Clifford's office to ask what was up with that. 13% was pretty discouraging at the time, at least to me. But placing 42 grads in NLJ250 firms at the height of the recession is actually relatively impressive, considering it's not a T-14 and it has never really been a true BigLaw feeder.
I didn't realize this until recently, but there are a LOT of firms out there..250 may sound like a lot but there are so many firms that didn't make the list. The NLJ actually updated their system so that it includes the biggest 350 firms instead of the biggest 250. Dunno if they'll overhaul the placement stats to account for this. Either way I don't expect WUSTL to clear 20%, it's just never really been a BigLaw feeder...and it's possible that the lower debt-load gives grads the flexibility to pursue things other than BigLaw.Re: Cardozo.
Keep in mind that firms in NYC are just more likely to be "BigLaw" by nature. It doesn't mean that Cardozo is placing students into V50 or V100 firms. Any firm in NYC is going to see inflated costs and revenue. They need to pay higher salaries to account for higher living costs. Clients will pay for higher rates for the same reason. NYC firms also need more associates in general to keep up with the high-volume of transactional work they get.
Also, not all placement is created equal. Lets say everything I said above is wrong. Placing less than 15% into BigLaw when you're located in the biggest BigLaw market in the country is a lot worse than placing less than 15% into BigLaw when you're a school in one of the smallest BigLaw markets in the country (St. Louis). Even Chicago, WUSTL's closest major market, is significantly smaller than NYC.