Older Chest wrote:According to USNWR, Boalt grads have a lower CA bar passage rate than UCLA and USC.
Not sure how old your data is, but it hasn't been true for at least a couple of years. Seehttp://abovethelaw.com/2011/01/californ ... en-thread/
Dean Edley has been pushing to get the passage rates even higher.
My personal view on the BigLaw placement that the rest of the thread has been talking about: If you want NYC or DC BigLaw, you can get it from Boalt. You may not have quite the same numbers of NYC firms coming for OCIP, but all the big names were here and hired Boalties. A bunch of folks I know got offers in NY for next summer, including Skadden, Cravath, Latham (might be DC office), Debevoise; even some smaller places like Freshfields. At least one was even successful with a firm not at OCIP. DC placements include Covington, Jones Day, Akin Gump. Heck, I even know of 3L OCIP success stories (now that's saying something!).
Of course, you have to do all the things that you'd have to do elsewhere (grades, work experience, law review), but doing that and bidding effectively you should do OK.
N.B.: I also have some friends who struck out at OCIP, but that number is much smaller than the numbers of folks I know who are really happy with the way things went this fall. This is all anecdotal for sure: maybe I just happen to know a skewed sample; maybe those who didn't do well aren't talking. But, from my personal perspective, things seem to have been much better than last year. There is quite a bit of self-selection away from BigLaw at Boalt so you can't take the pure numbers that people tend to throw around here without the requisite grains of salt.