SBL wrote:Davis and Hastings have identical job placement prospects and you save a boatload of living cost money in Davis. Living in SF is more fun of course, but if your priority is savings (which it should be at any of these schools), then there's no great reason to go to UCH (this is assuming OP applied to and got into UCD and UCH - generally people choose between the two and get into both).
This is a superficial analysis, and it has the potential to lead astray as per Hastings v. Davis.
Hastings has better biglaw placement than Davis does (13.3% v. 11.3% for 2012 per LST). The difference between 13.3 and 11.3 sounds small, until you consider class size. In 2012, Hastings had 443 grads, and Davis had 202. This means that Hastings sent ~60 students into biglaw vs. Davis' ~20. Speaking as a student at UC Hastings, this makes a HUGE difference in terms of alumni networks. I can remember interviewing with SF/SV biglaw offices during OCI and having attorneys tell me that legitimately did not know UC Davis even had a law school, but all of them knew about Hastings, and most had at least one coworker who had gone to Hastings.
Throw in the fact that 50% of Davis' grads end up in Sacramento, and comparing the job outcomes looks even more stark since the vast majority of law students don't want to spend their lives in Sacramento.
Throw in the fact that Davis' tuition is $6k/year higher, even for in-state residents, and it's not even clear that you would come out ahead financially. Neither school is known for giving out huge grants, so it's not like Davis's financial aid is going to save you that money either.
To the OP: I'm a 3L at Hastings, and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to PM me if you want.