KiltedKicker wrote:Can someone speak to the facilities at Boalt? Specifically I'm curious about the classrooms and the library. Also, how are the on-campus eating options?
The on and near campus eating options at Cal are easily better than any other T10, except perhaps tied with NYU.
Also, in an unrelated question, can anyone speak to how Boalt compares to schools like NYU and Chicago in terms of placement at Biglaw tech firms in the Bay Area? I'm from Palo Alto and am interested in IP law and entrepreneurship, so I'm trying to figure out how much the strength of Boalt's IP focuses balances out their slightly lesser prestige. While I'm confident I will do well in law school, I want to prepare for the possibility that I'm in the lower portion of the class, and I worry that I will have less appeal to a firm I want to work for if I'm in the 33rd percentile at Cal than at one of the higher ranked schools I'm considering. Thanks for the help
Full disclosure, I don't go to Boalt, but I have good reasons to know about this stuff. In my experience, Boalt places better into the Silicon Valley/San Francisco entrepreneurship scene than either NYU or Chicago. There are a few reasons for this.
First, the geographic proximity makes a huge difference. ALL of the good IP/entrepreneurship firms go to Boalt EIW, or otherwise list their jobs on Boalt's system. That includes the big firms like MoFo, WSGR, Cooley, etc., but also the small ones you've never heard of. And some of the small ones are quite good. The biggest Bay Area firms will go to NYU/Chicago, but there will be a lot of competition for those slots, and the smaller ones won't go at all.
Second, and a lot of people don't believe this, but Boalt in SF/SV is not on a worse tier than CCN. If anything, it's regarded slightly better. Keker, which is probably the most selective firm in SF, only recruits from HYSB. Your grades will not get any appreciable bump in SF/SV from going to Chicago over Berkeley.
Third, Bay Area firms are surprisingly ties-conscious. While you won't get auto-dinged for going to an out of state school, you will need to have a compelling "why SF." Though being from Palo Alto is probably enough to spin into a good answer.
KiltedKicker wrote:While I'm confident I will do well in law school,
I just had to single this out. Don't be. That being said, I'd still pick Berkeley over anything but HYS for your goals.