crib wrote:Just came in to comment on the "USC places better than UCLA in Biglaw" thing, which maybe true, but a LOT of people at UCLA don't shoot for Biglaw jobs -- FYI. A significant portion of the class doesn't even do OCI with the big firms. This may be reflected in the total % of biglaw placement at UCLA (a stretch to say big firms "don't respect UCLA"). Not sure how that compares to USC.
i don't buy this for a second. the likeliest reason usc outpaces ucla in big law placement is because firms consider the two schools to be peers. because of this, firms will hire roughly an equal amount of graduates from both schools, but since usc has about 100 students fewer than ucla does, it's placement percentage is much higher. additionally, usc's alumni network is stronger than ucla's.
so in effect, while usc and ucla are equal schools, because of usc's class size and alumni network, usc students have had a better shot at big law since the economy tanked.