The most common "business/industry" post-LS job I've heard anecdotally seems to be consulting (McKinsey, etc). That's a possibility too.
If you're looking at stats for T10 or T14 schools, consulting and in-house is partially credited. At lower ranked schools, those jobs are unheard of.
what do you think of the high "business /industry" percentage for schools like smu and houston? i've always been under the assumption that since those schools have access to all the fortune 500 companies in those areas that a sizeable portion of "business/insdustry" employment would belong to jobs of that caliber. or should i probably still be thinking starbucks?
It's really a crap shoot, and anyone that can actually answer that question won't. There are certainly people who choose to look for a corporate job after going to law school, and some of those jobs are good. But I would worry about any school that has a high percentage of graduates going to business/industry, only because that means a lot of the class is either unable or chooses not to find legal jobs, and that seems fishy either way.
smu is quite weird...they have high firm % (70) and high bus/ind. % (17).
according to usnews:
56% over 72.5k in private industry (firms and bus./ind.)
31% under 72.5k in private industry (firms and bus./ind.)
12% pub. serv. at 54k- 10% mediocre
2% clerkships with 2% federal