nyyankees wrote:I was talking to another admitted student about this over the weekend and I found his takeaway very insightful. After everyone was impressed with the career services dean, I said that while impressive the NLJ250 data doesnt really support the idea that his creative efforts make a tangible difference. What this fellow admitted student pointed out was that although their NLJ250 data does not punch above its weight, the office has been able to almost guarantee that their students will have a job upon graduation via specialized recruiting events for smaller firms (their reported salary data included all but 12 members of the class of 2009, and they maintained very solid numbers). To me, this made a lot of sense as I would imagine if you have mid-law and big law recruiters at the same event 9/10 times law students will go after the big law positions and midlaw gets slighted. In an event completely dedicated to smaller firms, they stand a great chance of meeting people who are legitimately interested and not just 'safety firms'. This is just one small example of how I think Dean Spivey's approach to recruiting is just far and away better than any other school's deans. It feels like he thinks through the recruiting process from BOTH SIDES a lot better than most.
Well said. I think you definitely can get big law out of WUSTL, but they don't focus solely on that in the way they reach out to employers. Like nyyankees mentioned, they just started this "Small Firm Day" or something for this year for people interested in small-mid law firms. They had a really big list of firms that are participating.
It seems like a lot of schools focus on big law, and then they try to help you figure something out if big law doesn't happen. But WUSTL offers a wide variety of opportunities up front. Personally, I am shooting for big law, but it is nice to know that WUSTL is working to offer broad opportunity in case I change my mind or don't have the grades for it.