Anonymous User wrote:Any insight into Cooley vs. Wilson vs. Latham?
I don't exactly like the fact that Cooley is V60, Wilson is V30, and Latham is V11.
Because I really like them in the order i listed them! I'm going off general impressions. Is there a sense in the Valley or elsewhere that going to Cooley means you're "worse" a law student than one going to Latham?
First off, Wilson is not a "V30" firm. It's ranked 50 in the Vault rankings. But, basically, you're right: your preferences are in reverse order of prestige in the Bay Area.
For what it's worth, I know a couple of students who chose Cooley over Wilson. The general perception is that Cooley is a more pleasant place to work than Wilson.
As for Latham, it's got more national prestige than the other two. If you think you might want to exit the Bay Area to another market in the future, than Latham would probably give you more options. But if you're sure you want to stay in the Bay Area, then I think it's ok to choose the firm you like the best. All three are well-regarded in the Bay Area. People frequently lateral out of those firms to other highly-regarded firms.