Borhas wrote:What about LA?
I won't pretend I know much, but my guess is that's where the bulk of firm jobs exist in CA
still, I definitely agree on PI/Gov't
I'm aiming for public defense work myself, though a post grad judicial clerkship would be awesome
There weren't many SoCal firms at Hastings OCI this year. I interviewed with two firms from LA and one from SD and got rejected at each of them. I've heard that things are pretty brutal down there, but after all their legal market is 4x larger than NorCal.
A clerkship is probably going to require top 5% grades. You can definitely do a summer externship though, a lot of top 1/3 people do those. I guess you know how bad public defense hiring is....many Bay Area PD offices are hiring unpaid full time attorneys. The Alameda DA was the only DA office that came to OCI, and they only hired 8 summers from 200 interviewees.