DildaMan wrote:I was deciding between SCU/Davis/Hastings two cycles ago. As the poster above already noted, SCU gave a 50% scholly to start and added more on top if you waited/negotiated. In hindsight, I probably should have just gone to SCU to minimize overall debt. Hastings is really stingy with the monies; Davis was even cheaper. I got 8500 in need-based aid (weird number) from Hastings. They refused to give me more; I tried to negotiate again during 2L but no luck.
But do you think SCU offers the same opportunities? Same question for Davis?
And how do you like Hastings?
SCU has a smaller margin of error. I hear only the top 5% really get big-law. Most of the ones that didn't make the very top had a hard time find jobs; they eventually got some mid/small firms. They have a lot of patent people so that skews their numbers a bit, but you really need to be at the very top of the class or be attractive as an IP candidate to do well there. They also tend to have a lot of older students with a sizable amount of work experience doing the part time. A lot of the IP firms recruit from SCU so it would not have been a huge difference for me.
Davis is an interesting school. There students have a higher placement rate, and the school is smaller. On the other hand, their home market is Sacramento. I have a few friends who went there that were able to get SF but once again you'd have to be near the top of your class. I think its about the same range for Hastings (Top 10-15%).
Hastings was fine as law-schools go. There are a few professors that are amazing: Diamond, DePorter, Mammen, etc . . . . There are a lot of gunners but they keep to themselves. The large class size works against the students for OCI and employment in general. My only complaint is they're stingy. I know SCU gives incentives for their top performers. If Hastings would have thrown some more money at me I probably would have stayed.