CA legal market and ties

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CA legal market and ties

Postby moneymoney » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:48 pm

I understand that almost any market except NYC wants you to have some sort of ties in order to work there. Well, my question is: is going to law school in CA sufficient enough to establish a "tie" there?

I've wanted to move to CA for awhile now even though I have no ties. I was accepted to UCLA and USC and will be going to one of these two schools. I'm interested in practicing in SoCal, not NorCal, FWIW.

I think some people have said that just going to school in the market in which you want to practice isn't enough. But is the same true for California? I was kind of surprised that CA markets want ties at all. A lot of people move from all over to live and work in CA. Are they that worried about people leaving?


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Re: CA legal market and ties

Postby bk1 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:51 pm

I think you're fine. SoCal isn't parochial in the way that Florida/Alabama/Georgia/etc are.


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Re: CA legal market and ties

Postby CodyRuegger » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:52 pm

Go to SoCal, have fun. A very significant portion of the attorneys who work in the LA area are UCLA/USC alumni - the Berkeley/Stanford kids like to stay up north where most of the IP action happens. Having an LA school on your resume may be the only tie you need.

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