So let's recap the numbers for the inaugural class (correct me please):
~30 do OCI
13 get NLJ20 offers
53 get FT legal (is this JD-required or JD-preferred?) jobs
this is really good. UCI2013, I am assuming you are from the 2nd UCI class. Not sure if i asked you this... I heard that of 89 total in your class ~24 got offers at OCI (of 40 who participated). Does that sound right (ball-park).
Interesting...if this inaugural trend hold up for a class of 89 ppl, i certainly think it can be attainable for a class of 119 and this year's (120-130).
thanks again for clarifying this!
I am not sure on the JD-required vs JD-preferred part. I don't know anyone with a JD preferred position, but I certainly do not know where all the class placed. I think our class has at least a couple of people who have decided they do not like law, so I wouldn't be surprised if we have a few where a JD is not required.
Yes, I am part of the 2nd class and your numbers seem about right. I would say ~40-45 participated in OCI give or take a few. And about 24 receiving SA offers seems right as well. It might be worth noting that Berkeley is placing in the upper 70 percentiles. Not sure why that is as I would have expected higher from them.
I am not sure how sustainable the numbers are - there are a couple of things that would go into that. First, there are only so many SA spots in the So Cal area. A lot of firms only hire 1-2 SAs for LA or OC. So in that regard, as the class increases you could see a smaller percent receiving offers. On the other hand, the number of firms recruiting from Irvine is increasing. So as more firms consider UCI students, you can expect to see an increase in placement. And I suspect the geographical reach of our OCI will improve as well. So in that regard, you can eliminate some or all of the decrease in OCI placement percentages by increasing the number of firm options. So I really don't know how to weigh those two considerations.
I've heard a lot about employers being impressed with the work of our students. We have a strong legal writing program, and I think that makes a difference. This is something many on hear might scoff at, but I think it is very important. I feel I was very well prepared to do legal writing from our lawyering skills class. And the lawyering skills professors here are FT tenure track professors. It is a graded class as well. For some that would be a negative. Lawyering skills, is, no doubt, a lot of work. But to me it helps set UCI apart from its peers and positions us better to impress when we are doing internships, externships and pro bono work.