tooswolle wrote:I'm seriously considering attending. I deferred last year and have a good scholarship. My main concern are employment prospects as ill be leaving a good job to attend. Anyone know how well they perform in big law, mid law, in house jobs?
What are your numbers and other options (if you are applying elsewhere)? It is way too early to know about in-house since that is usually a lateral move after some time at a firm, and the first class has barely started working. I would be wary about relying on whatever percent got big law for c/o 2012 given the tiny class....if it is, say, 25%, I would not rely on that number holding constant as the class grows. If it was 25% of the first class, that'd be ~15 students. I thought I read somewhere that UCI was aiming for 250 students eventually.....25% of that would be ~62 positions, which would mean that UCI students would have to displace lots of other CA schools' students to maintain that percentage. I don't know how realistic that is - it is definitely possible but is a risky assumption.
You say you have a good scholarship, which can change things (how good?). But since you do have a good job already and it sounds like you are only looking to improve your position and not end up with a $40K/year PI position, even with low debt, I would tread very carefully. I would personally not go to UCI, even with a large scholarship, if your goal is to get big law or mid law.