Anonymous User wrote:
"Taking your word for it Columbia's placement as a percentage of the class rather than just as a percentage of those who did EIP is:
I go to CLS. I'll confirm this, as it sounds much more accurate that the 78% figure listed above. The EIP data that's released doesn't take into account the people that didn't participate in EIP. CLS is probably the most gung-ho on Biglaw of any law school in the country, so maybe a dozen students in the Class of 2012 can legitimately claim that they didn't participate in EIP because they wanted to do public interest. The rest don't participate because they're not going to be able to land a job with one of the EIP firms in this economy (basically, every single one is a V100).
65% during arguably the worst economy since the Great Depression isn't bad though. That said, I can sure as hell say that a NLJ 250 job isn't waiting for 78% of the people in the class that want it. Simply talking to the students around in you in class will confirm this.
Did OCS tell you that? There are plenty of non-V100 secondary market firms that come to EIP, and even some V100 firms are not picky about grades. Everyone who wants a firm job participates in EIP (including students with multiple B- grades). The only people not participating who used to participate may be people on the fence about public interest, or who planned to take 2L SA jobs and then go PI or government. Now it's more important that they get PI experience both summers, so they don't bother with the firm job. I can name a dozen friends who didn't attend OCI off the top of my head (because of PI reasons) and I do not have a wide circle of contacts at the law school. 50-60 hardcore PI students is not at all a high estimate.