SBL wrote:My information is a little out of date by now but when I did OCI the jerb situation was meh. OCI is basically worth doing if you're in the top third or so, but I wouldn't be overly hopeful unless you're in the top-20%, and you probably need to be in the top 10-15% for legit biglaw. Maybe things are a little better as the economy has improved, but that's probably a decent baseline.
I was about top third after 1L (though my grades went up subsequently) and ended up with a decent 2L SA gig in SF, but I was a bit of an outlier. Chalk it up to interview skills, some semi-interesting pre-LS work experience, and a lot of luck. People with HYPS/MIT/Caltech UG degrees and URMs seemed to get a bit of a boost above their grade range in OCI as well, but that's kind of small sample size so take it with a grain of salt.
My experience is that SF and LA firms interviewing Davis students don't give a shit about where you're from as long as you can articulate a non-retarded reason for wanting to work in that city, whereas firms from smaller cities (Oakland, Sac, Fresno, Inland Empire, OC, SD, etc.) were big on ties. I'd go so far as to say it was pretty rare to hear of someone who ended up working in Sac who didn't grow up there. Firms in inland cities have a pretty big complex about being fallbacks for people who struck out in SF, so they tend to prefer hiring people with local ties and lower grades.
Ultimately I have a hard time telling someone in good conscience that they should borrow a lot of money to go to Davis, but I loved it there and it worked out just fine for me.
Thank you SBL! for the detailed response. I actually have ties to Orange county, as I went to undergrad here, and Im really surprised that OC firms even come to Davis' OCI. I had the impression that it would mainly be SF or Sac firms. So, did u know people from your year/class get gigs at firms in Orange County or San Diego? because settling down in OC or SD is my ideal scenario as I like it here, and my only family member in the country, my brother is also here. So I get that Davis is sorta like the middle of the pack law school in the state, like there is obviously Berkely, Stanford, UCLA and USC ranked higher, but in the scenario I dont accepted to those, and since I want to eventually settle down in OC or SD, would u say UCI and UCD are safe options if I get decent money from them?