Monday, March 13, 2006

Entry level hiring and the long tail

If you don't read Legal Theory Blog every day, fie on you. He also runs the Entry Level Hiring stats on law schools. I don't know why, but I always track Yale grads' fortunes. Last year the final numbers were something like
JD Institution
Yale leads with 20, Harvard has 18 and Stanford (10) is close behind. Chicago has 6. Berkeley has 5. Columbia, Michigan, Penn, Georgetown, and Virginia have 4 each. Howard and Texas are next with 3 each.
This year, though it's a bit early, Yale again is slightly in the lead. Note the followers, though (and recall Solum's "Stanford is close behind," at roughly half the numbers of the top two):
University of Chicago-7
University of Illinois-3
University of Pennsylvania-3
University of Virginia-3
University of Michigan-2
This shows in one way what a two-horse race the law school experience is. But more generally, there's a very long tail to this distribution: if you look at all the "1"s from other schools, they quickly add up to more than Yale + Harvard. If you want to go into academia, you may need luck if you are at, say, Tulane, but it is not impossible, if you have some skills that made you less interested in the East Coast and smog and more in having beignets at Cafe Du Monde. See this long tail discussion.


Blogger Justin Cox said...

What do you mean "I don't know why" you check on Yale's fortunes. Of course you know why, you self-interested Yalie bastard!

In the spirit of self-interest, I'd like to point out that Yale Law leads this list despite having a class size that is approximately 35% that of Harvard Law's (~190 to ~550 per class).

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