alexonfyre wrote:Metaread wrote:UCI does look awesome, but the paranoid part of me has concerns. I'm concerned Irvine doesn't have an alumni base to draw on...though I'm debating what the benefits of having an alumni base really are at the moment. If it doesn't really lead to jobs, I wouldn't see how it would hamper going to Irvine any. I'm also a bit concerned that it'll take quite a while for Irvine to be ranked and known more nationally, though they do seem to have nice support in the OC for sure. Also unsure about how Irvine would do for my BigLaw goals. It seems some people got internships with firms at UCI, but whether those translate into jobs is an open question at the moment. I'm not sure if I can get any of these questions fully answered though, it's all related to the nebulous future, risk-taking and speculations.
I feel like with Hastings or Davis you know what you are getting, with UCI you could get hosed, but if you don't, then the upside is much higher than any of the schools mentioned, and for cheaper.
My reasoning for wanting to go there is that it is absolutely in the school's best interest to leverage every advantage they have to placing you in the best jobs they can find in the coming years. Not just the Class of '13, but each and every student individually; they know that these students are taking a huge risk to go there, and if they don't come through for them, then high quality applicants will be deterred in the future. I think they are doing that well, seeing as the number of OCIs has exceeded the number of students in each class every year so far.
EDIT: inb4 LSAT Prep crowd shows up with evidence that "would most weaken the conclusion" that I have made.
i think the risk/reward ratio at irvine is better than your other options, but i am not the most risk adverse person. i think all those teachers are going to be pulling high up personal contacts to get students placed. everyone involved with the school are invested in all of the students getting the best possible jobs. most schools only give comparable assistance to their top 30-40%.
stepping outside of all the ranking whoring that goes on this site, i think irvine has major intangibles going its way. call me naive, but i think the quality and accessibility of teachers along with class size are some of the most important factors in any kind of education. i also think that bold choices make life more fulfilling and that the experience of building and molding a new institution sounds awesome.