FlanAl wrote:Lacepiece23 wrote:Dmini7 wrote:I am sure this question is buried within the 155 pages of posts, so I apologize for asking a repeat. Anyways, I know Cornell has amazing placement numbers, especially in NYC, but I was curious how they do in CA. My fiancee and I would much rather live in CA(as that is where we both grew up and have family), but the thought of Cornell, the weight its name holds and just how awesome the campus looks is very hard to pass up. I assume not many people who attend actually try to get to California, so I was wondering if anyone had any information even if it is anecdotal about students vying for California. Also, assuming I were choosing between USC/UCLA and Cornell, what would one recommend if I was dead-set on avoiding NYC but willing to work elsewhere(i.e:Other big markets).
You'd actually be suprised. I live in Hughes which is right next to the law school. We are put in suites of 5 and I'm the only person in my suite not from Cali. All my suite mates are looking to go back. I think my class especially has a lot of California residents. A lot come in with the mind set of well I have like 30% chance big law from UCLA/USC if that. Cornell ups that chance significantly. My numbers aren't quite good enough for the rest of the T14 so I guess Cornell it is. So basically they go in with the attitude of if I do well I can get back home. If I'm median or slightly below at least I have a job.
With all that being said a lot of my class is looking into CA. I don't have the actual numbers, but I think thats where we place the second most of our graduates. Also, we have this club called CALSA specifically for people looking to go back to CA. So there is defiitely a good number of students gunning for CA biglaw. I have no idea though how well you would need to do here in order to get back home. Anecdotally I know people who got CA out of Cornell. I'm only a 1L so next year I'll really know how many of my classmates ended up being successful grabbing Biglaw from there.
I guess moral of the story coming here is probably safer then USC/UCLA. If you do well like top 30% I"m sure you can get back. You might be kicking yourself for not saving a little money by attending USC/UCLA, but again theres really no way to know how well you will do. If you end up at median you'll be unbelievably happy that you picked Cornell because its more likely than not you will have a market paying job in NYC. Just my 2 cents
This was my thinking when I decided between the two a couple of years ago. What I would add is that biglaw placement generally indicates good placement in other areas of law as well. If USC/UCLA are cheaper then you'd probably want to go there but they probably won't be that much less expensive.
Thanks guys! This is exactly what I was hoping to hear.