FlightoftheEarls wrote:Also worth considering is the fact that firms have cut down classes from 25 SAs to 12 SAs, and the brunt of this has frequently been born by great-but-not-exceptional (sorry, non-T14 seemed like a stupid descriptor) local schools like USC that place largely in their market. Whereas pre-ITE USC/UCLA might have accounted for 12-14 students, with 1-2 Loyola/Pepperdine and 9-12 T14ers, many of these firms have tried to keep ties with T14 schools and continued to hire 1-2 students at T14s where they normally recruit. It's much easier for firms to reduce 12-14 USC/UCLA students in a SA class down to 5-7 USC/UCLA students in order to maintain some relationship with these T14 schools. For this reason alone, a school that places in a wide spread of markets can be helpful, and a smaller class size may help as well.
I read some of the first page so I apologize if someone else brought this up, but seasonal affective disorder is a real thing
to be aware of for anyone moving to a northern school from a sunny location. If you've only lived in southern california, it would really really suck to find out that you were affected by SAD when you are trying to gear up for your second semester of 1L. 90% of people probably think this post is stupid melodrama, but as someone who moved north for undergrad and who had problems with this, I can assure you that the 10% chance that this will affect you is worth thinking about.
danquayle wrote:All of my responses assumed staying in SoCal was your top priority. If you want the best job on graduation period, then go to Cornell. If you want a job in SoCal after graduation, go to USC.
Just three important points to keep close in mind.