bk1 wrote:SmokeytheBear wrote:jimmyplayer601 wrote:Hello,
I’m from San Diego, and therefore want to work in Biglaw in LA and applying to law schools right now. Iwas wondering how much of an impact school plays into part ito recruitment. I got a hefty scholarship to Michigan and I’ll probably end up at a top 10, just wondered if certain schools place better in LA than others, went to an ivy for undergrad is that makes any difference.
Others can feel free to tell me I am wrong, but UCLA and USC place the best in LA, with Boalt, Harvard, Georgetown not too far behind. Others, like Michigan, Stanford, NYU, etc place well too, but the numbers from the previously mentioned are highest. I don't see too many Penn, Duke, or UVA people out here. Note, though, that the reason some non-UCLA/USC place better than others has more to do with the fact that people who go to those schools want to be back in LA than it does with whether LA firms recruit at those schools.
I think you mean "most" rather than "best" (which is true for obvious reasons, and I don't think it's disputed that HYS have an advantage over UCLA/USC). To answer OP's question, yes better schools are generally going to be better for LA biglaw. Are UCLA/USC going to place better in LA than UM/UVA/NU/etc? I'm not entirely sure, though my suspicion is that it's kinda close. I think the more pertinent question between those caliber schools is whether you value biglaw or working in LA more.
OP I should also note that since you are from San Diego, you should also consider big law in OC. Personally, I think most of OC is horrible and would never, ever live there, but several big law firms have offices there, they pay market, hours are generally more humane (even more humane than LA, which are generally more humane than bay/DC/NY), COL is lower than LA, and you're an hour closer to home. Waves are better too.