I was looking over those 2009 employment stats that they sent out earlier in the year, and I was even more impressed reading them again. Now, I've said again and again that firm jobs are not my goal, but how well a school places in major firms can be an indication of how well they might place into prestigious gov't and PU positions. Plus, good-paying firm jobs are a hell of a fallback.
Anyway, while W&M had 21% NLJ placement in 2009, they actually had 61 of 193 graduates (31.6% of all grads) place into firms of 250+ lawyers. 10% into non-NLJ250 250+ lawyer firms is amazing. It kind of blows holes into the TLS mindset about what constitutes BigLaw imho. They placed an additional 18 (9.3%) into 50-250 lawyer firms. I'd guess some of those grads who didn't get NLJ 250, but still got mid-large sized firm jobs are living the sweet life in Richmond or the Tidewater, since the COL is so cheap in those places. Plus, there were 9 students who landed federal clerkships (4.6%). So, 250+ and Fed Clerkships would be at 36%, and 50+ and Fed Clerkships would be nearly 46%. I think W&M, even at its new price, is a pretty damned amazing deal if they are weathering the economic storm like that.
Also, 5% into PI, and 9% into federal government positions, so I think you've got powerhouse numbers. Adding these job groups to the 50+ firm jobs, and W&M is placing 59.7% of the class into pretty damned awesome jobs of one shade or another.
Plus, I feel the urge to post on the lay prestige board and back up those who added W&M to the lay T14, because random people who have inquired about where I decided to go were blown away by W&M.
Take that for what it is worth.