I think that UCI will out perform Davis by virtue of being in an actual legal market. I could not fathom it overtaking UCLA or USC. Those schools have epic alumni bases in SoCal that UCI cannot touch.[/quote]
Yes, UCI is a stronger legal market, but I don't think that's enough. Living in SoCal or Orange County specifically is highly desirable for a lot people. They probably attract a lot of T-14ers, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, etc. Then you have your other local schools, lower tier L.A. schools, etc. I don't think Orange County is lacking a labor force. Whereas with UC Davis, you hit up that Sacramento, Valley, Bay area legal market. Obviously, they compete with Bay Area schools for Bay Area jobs, but they have Sacramento (besides UOP-McGeorge). I don't imagine a lot of other people get super stoked to move to Sacramento. My original post is that I think therer will be some space in the rankings between USC and UCI. I never imagined UCI to overtake USC, but I just don't imagine it as even remotely a peer school.
I think it really depends on your goals and where you want to be. For me, I would want to work in San Diego if I stay in California. I was born here, raised here, etc. San Diegans are, in general, extremely loyal to other San Diegans. It seems like going to USD might be a better choice than UCI if, say, your target market was San Diego. I think it really depends, and as everyone has said before, the rankings become useless after a certain point.[/quote]
Please, please do not go to USD. Worse choice you can make.[/quote]
ha. okay. Well, I would probably say don't go to UCI either. Just the solid CA 4... UCB, Stanford, UCLA, USC.