sherpaorlawschool wrote: bk1 wrote:
YCrevolution wrote:I'd have to look, but there aren't too many CA firms that do OCI at UVA. From what I remember, just some of the big national firms with large Bay Area offices. If you want California and don't have strong ties to it, you're better off going to one of the T20 CA schools IMO.
I'm a CA lifer who has a decent shot at UVa but almost none at UCLA/USC (read: supersplitter). My hope is that if I end up at UVa that mass mailing with my ties can help me snag interviews with CA, mainly NorCal, firms.
The NALP directory of legal employers has 63 firms from California doing OCI at UVA. 16 are in Los Angeles with 6 more in Irvine and few more in OC outside of Irvine. That should give some idea of what it looks like in SoCal. SF has 14 and Palo Alto 11 for NorCal. Can't speak for how good this is or how much success UVA grads have with California but I have heard that California is the 3rd most popular destination after NY and DC.
Just off the top of my head, here were the notable California-based firms at OGI:
Morrison & Foerster
O'Melveny & Myers (admittedly, only for Century City)
Latham & Watkins
Fenwick & West
Also consider the fact that firms like Jones Day come to interview for all of their offices.
The only big-time California firms who don't come are Munger, Irell, and Quinn Emanuel. But 90% of the class has basically no shot at Munger and Irell, so the only firm that strikes me as a notable "miss" is Quinn Emanuel (who doesn't come for their NY office, either).
I think UVA is the right choice over UCLA/USC, especially for someone who has California ties. Screening interviews with California firms are very
easy to get - I used 11 bids on California firms and received 10 preselect and alternate interviews without stellar grades, other credentials, or even solid ties to California.