ViP wrote:Just FYI, the faculty and administration at UCI laughs hysterically every time someone mentions the word "risk." First, our incredible professors left tenured positions at top programs in order to join UCI. They wouldn't make such a move if they viewed it as a risk. Second, the program has received (and continues to receive) massive support from the Orange County community. At orientation every student met his/her respective mentor (a local attorney from the area), and the mentors assured us that the community's excitement over UCI is no exaggeration. The entire first year class landed jobs last summer (many of them were paid jobs, and many of the students had multiple jobs).
Having said that, keep in mind that the above primarily applies to the Orange County market. The further away you search, the harder it will be to land an immediate job (although most of the firms/organizations in the area have offices across the nation, and judges across the nation have already asked Dean Chemerinsky to send over some UCI students for clerkships... and the Dean has had to clarify that we don't exactly have any graduates yet). The pull of our Dean is immeasurable.
Anyways, the application is free, so I don't see any reason to not apply. Let me know if you have any questions.
I am aware of your college's credentials and academic rooster. My comment was not a slight in any way against the quality of your school, its faculty or dean, and if you read up the thread you will notice I have said several times that the school seems to be "an incredible new school". I have even gone as far as to encourage others to apply, as I myself will be doing. You have to understand however, that for a for international students, who have to throw in up-to $180k in private
loans into their law school considerations, having a good idea of whether there will be a job waiting at the end is important, regardless of the hysterical laughter that may produce. Jumping around the world is risky business and I am sure when your school was founded the key stones realised there was an element of risk in what they were doing. Of course it is true to say that with any school there is a 'risk' that you may not find employment, but when you are half way round the world, numbers make up a lot of faith. Your reply seems to be very confident of the opportunities for its graduates however, and I applaud the fact that you took the time to come onto this forum to discuss your school and specifically target a concern I raised.
Eidt: One of the main reasons why I had said previously that I think I would fit in well at UCI is that, as far as I see it, both parties are jumping relatively into the unknown, have valued the risks and are taking a shot anyway. To have this common characteristic is pleasant. It is indeed quite a fundamental aspect of my character to throw caution to the wind and to go the distance to prove naysayers wrong (I get it enough when I say I want to study in California),... but to not evaluate risk at all is foolhardy.