YungSlumLord wrote:Gotcha. Appreciate the responses, everyone. It's too bad that USC's offer isn't enough to make it anything less than the most expensive school for me.
Something I asked earlier but didn't receive an answer to was what major differences can I expect between graduating from Davis and USC? Davis is only a short drive from my hometown of Sacramento, so it obviously has quite a bit of pull there. I have some modest connections to local attornies via family friends and such, though nothing too significant.
There is also the possibility of me commuting either my 3L year from home. It's a 50 minute drive so a pretty long commute, but could save basically all my living expenses my final year. I think that 3L year would probably be the most realistic one to do this in, but correct me if I'm wrong.
the difference is large firms will accept someone with lower grades from USC than davis-for you that doesn't seem to be a big deal
from what i can gather, small firm hiring is more related to connections/timing/luck than large firm hiring- typically a large firm will have a top 25% or top 33% requirement from UC Davis, and top 50% from USC.- and relies more on how well you fit in the firm. so since you aren't deadset on biglaw, Davis looks good in this situation compared to USC (which is >100k more)