What is the general feeling of how many people are working as an SA this summer? I would absolutely, absolutely love to live in the Bay where I grew up, but all I hear is that the norcal legal market is fucked.
I was pretty dismayed when I saw the numbers on LST for Hastings's employment.. a T1 school but with worse employment figures than many TTTs..
does it really feel accurate that barely over half of the class is getting FT legal work?
well considering not many students get biglaw SA positions 1L summer, i don't know of many people that do (i only know two people that do and one has a phd which helps hugely for IP). i can't really comment on 2L placement (which really matters) but it's probably 10-13% of the class for biglaw.
as for the employment figures...yes they are probably accurate (though they may have improved slightly). i don't know the job status for many 3L's, but from what i've heard, if you're at median you're pretty much fucked. unless you absolutely want norcal/CA, i would stay away from hastings (or davis) right now because the legal market blows.
It is much worse than you (2Ls and 1Ls) appreciate right now. I have dozens of friends who are top 30% (commencement brochure indicated top 30%, top 10%, top 1%, so I know for a fact what their approximate ranks are) with nothing lined up and no prospects whatsoever. If you strike out at OCI, you're pretty much fucked unless you network like crazy and strike gold and get super lucky.
I seriously don't understand how anyone thinks going to Hastings is a good decision right now. It is a huge, huge $150-180k gamble. My friends and I were discussing last night what we could do to knock sense into students walking around at admitted students day, and it seems like there is nothing that will convince people otherwise.
i know, speaking from my own personal perspective at least, i didn't think the legal market was nearly as bad as it really is. it's very hard to dissuade prospective students because everyone thinks they'll be in the top 10% and hit the lottery and get a job.
if you're taking on more than a manageable level of debt, i'd advise staying away from hastings or davis. seriously. this is coming from someone who genuinely likes all the professors and people at hastings, too. while the quality of the school hasn't changed, the economy/legal market has changed for the worse, and it truly is unfortunate.
it's scary that you say that top 30% students are struggling to find any kind of job...last year i was only aiming for top 25% thinking this would be enough to get a job.