1ferret! wrote:California's economy is awful. Los Angeles' economy is awful. It sucks for students all around as well as for recent graduates. That said, although students in general are taking a beating, the number of students from Pepperdine getting looks from large firms seems to actually be on the rise. I know that is not necessarily pertinent to your particular situation as I honestly don't know what firms you are targeting.
Anecdotal: The only two people who I know personally with hard science backgrounds that had at least at some point talked to me about their interest in pursuing IP.... one is doing an SA with Latham having turned down Akin, and the other is dead set on setting up his own practice and is spending his summer at a small firm.
I'm from an out-of-state T25 w/ strong ties and have had less difficulty than most in trying to reach back there.
I'm sorry, but Pepperdine is not terribly strong in the LA legal market.