bankruptedcasino wrote:I am here to try and talk sense into you. UCI/Pepperdine/LLS are all similarly regarded in the legal communities in southern California. While UCI isn't ranked, it is considered relatively equal with Pepperdine and LLS though some attorneys hold it in less regard.
Southern California's legal market is complete and utter poo. It's a mess, shambles, devoid of all hope and optimism. 3Ls from UCLA and USC are having trouble finding work at respectable firms if they are not at the top of their class/on law review/related to a senior partner at a firm like O'Melveny and Myers/related to a federal judge.
I do not think that you shouldn't go to law school. Far from it. I'm one of those TLSer's that believe that if you are going to go to a school that is not the top-ranked school in your geographic area, then you should go to the school that costs the least. Pepperdine and LLS are very pricey, but your schollys make it manageable. UCI will cost about as much as going to Pepperdine and LLS at full sticker. Very risky gamble.
In the end, do what you think is best for you. But ask yourself: 10 years after graduation, if you only graduate at median at UCI (can't expect anything more as a 0L) and struggle to find work for a couple years after you take the bar, only to find yourself employed as an in-house counsel at a debt collection agency ... will you be so enamored with UCI's small class size and faculty-student ratio? Put another way, when you can't buy a house until you're in your 50s because your debt is too high and the cost of a house in southern California is so prohibitively expensive, will you be grateful that you spent 3 years at a school you thought you could thrive at?
I dunno, maybe your parents will pay for the whole thing in which case ... game on. But if they don't, you might be wise to ask them to pay for all/half of a very reduced bill at Pepperdine or LLS.
This really helped bump me off my cloud.
This is why I came on TLS- to help snap me out of my fantasy world. =/