daviddel03 wrote:how does berkeley fit into this discussion?
I don't know and only a UCB student could tell you. If I had to speculate -- and I disclaim I am an 0L -- I'd guess the firm diversity issue would be less pronounced at UCB for a few reasons:
1) More students ~300.
2) More students self-select into the Bay which (allegedly) has had two consequences:
a.) a more regional OCI process with fewer east coast/southeast/midwest firms come to recruit.
b.) tighter hiring among california/pacific west firms because the students want to practice in the pacific
3) also, and a lot of this may be self-selection, I don't think UCB is regarded as highly as other schools when it comes to big firm hiring. I also think that's substantiated by Leiter's rankings. This last one though may be fringe and I'm absolutely not trying to anti-troll.