Anonymous User wrote:I have been searching this site for info on LA firms to no avail (at least not a thread about them). I know that's because most TLSers are focused on the T14 and hence T14 markets, but if anyone from UCLA/USC (or Boalt/Stanford) who has gone through OCI, works in LA, or just knows the LA market could offer some insight it would be super helpful - anything from which firms are stuck on certain criteria (grades/journal/etc) to reputation (practice area/firm culture/workload) to selectivity. Obviously some of this can be gleaned via NALP/Chambers/Vault research (which I have done at length), but I would really like to get a more anecdotal perspective.
Thanks in advance!
As someone who's a current SA in the market and has had time to talk to lawyers about reputations, I'll try to help a little bit. Unfortunately I don't know about a lot of firms in the market, but I'll try to get this started.
"Stuck on Certain Criteria"
All of the top firms are grade selective to some extent. Munger is by far the most (dominated by people who have clerked / LR types, although not 100%), and Irell is pretty strict about grades too. Both basically require T14 + UCLA (and USC for Irell). Quinn & GDC are also pretty selective but are in the next rung down, then you get to O'Melveny, Latham, and others. I suppose Susman LA would be more selective than MTO, but it isn't worth your time to look up if you don't have a COA clerkship lined up.
"Reputation (Practice Area)"
Munger, Quinn, Irell - Almost all or all litigation. In Irell's case, almost all IP (but unlike IP boutiques, you don't need a science degree). QE does a fair amount of plaintiff's work.
GDC, O'Melveny, Latham - All have sizable corporate practices. O'Melveny has a sizable entertainment practice.
"Reputation (Firm Culture)"
Fratty: QE, GDC, Latham
Nerdy: MTO, Irell
Lays off 1st years en masse: Latham
Pays above market: QE, Irell
Work until exhaustion: QE, Irell
Work until near exhaustion: MTO, GDC, OMM, Latham
Downtown: QE, MTO, GDC, Latham
Century City: Irell, OMM
Note: If you want to feel like you live in a city, live downtown (revitalizing fast). If you want to enjoy beaches, Beverly Hills, and cleaner air, work in Century City.