Thank you. As long as I can get something noteworthy in LA i'll be happy. How about big law prospects in LA after law school? I want to eventually settle down over here. Thanks again for your help! You guys are great.
So, just an overview for anybody reading who doesn't know much about EIP, sorry if it's redundant for you.
1L summer=summer between 1L and 2L
2L summer=summer between 2L and 3L
OCI=On-Campus Interviews. At Harvard, we call it the Early Interview Program (EIP). But, call it OCI when you talk to people not familiar with Harvard.
1L summer most people do something public-interest related either with a non-profit org or with the government (USAO, DOJ, etc.) A small number do in-house work for private corporations. Some people do firm work, but not many, and most are minorities and/or people who have work experience along the lines of a couple years at McKinsey or Goldman Sachs.
2L summer most people do firms and most get these internships through OCI/EIP. If you don't get one through OCI/EIP, your odds are much worse, but you have to still keep trying, people do get jobs outside of OCI/EIP(more tips about that in the legal employment forum of TLS). Then, ideally, at the end of the summer you get a job offer to come back full time.
For those who don't get that offer, or who never got a summer associate job for 2L summer, odds of biglaw are far and long (though worse for the latter than the former). It matters why you didn't get the offer--if your firm collapses (like Dewey or Howrey), your odds are better. There's a VERY VERY tiny 3L on-campus interview process, but it's mostly people trading up because they didn't like their firm from their 2nd summer. People who just didn't get a summer job their 2nd summer can sometimes get stuff here, but eh.
So, going back to your question, if you didn't get an LA biglaw SA the first time around, well, it depends where you ended up instead. If you get an offer from a biglaw firm in another city (like, NYC), at a firm with an LA office, you can probably switch offices. You might be able to lateral a few years down the road, more likely if you do substantial work in NYC that is also in demand in LA. You might also try clerking in the 9th Circuit and then going into biglaw. I suppose you could also try to work for govt. like the USAO in the area and then try to switch in. It's a lot easier to just get in at OCI than the other routes (clerking typically needs better grades than biglaw, so do a lot of good govt. positions).