catch12 wrote:As someone from LA, I can tell you the difference in perception between UCLA and Columbia comes down to this:
The more prestigious LA firms' cutoffs are top half at Columbia and top third at UCLA. Being in those ranges doesn't guarantee a job, and people below that can get those jobs still, but you're talking about roughly, ROUGHLY a 15% higher chance at LA biglaw from Columbia.
Is that worth 75k to you? Thats the real decision, and obviously only you can make it.
It goes deepet than this though. If the OP doesn't meet those grade cutoffs, the options are still far better at Columbia than UCLA.
I'd only take UCLA here if I could live with family to keep costs down and knew I had to be in California after law school.