Bankhead wrote:That is definitely kings territory, but I think he will tell you that (1) IU is respected on westcoast (in that coast lawyers think it's fine; not that they have an orgasm when they see an IU resume) (2) it's doable but (3) it takes considerable legwork.
Obviously, it's going to also depend in large part on your grades.
Yeah this is definitely it. Ive talked to Professor Steele (Former Hiring partner at Big law from CA) and he basically says IU is nice, its a good school and respected and it won't hurt you. The key really is Area ties, networking, and not having unrealistic expectations.
I know its only a internship, but I got a federal judge in CA and the clerks seemed to think highly of IU.
I know of one guy that is going back to NorCal next year, and clerking with a fed judge or maybe State supreme court, and then working in a big law firm in the bay area. So subjectively there are people who get big-law on the West coast even now.
The real unfortunate truth is that CA market is rough right now for everyone. If you wan't big law in CA its a tough road from any school outside of Stanford and Berkeley, even UCLA and USC are having tough times, or at least the people that i know that go there. I dont know a whole lot about other West coast markets, I hear the pacific northwest is pretty tough to break into and Arizona is pretty rough right now as well.
Area ties are really important to these firms though, I would almost argue that if you have no West coast ties previously you are probably screwed.
And yeah at the end grades make a huge difference (and if you want big law outside of the area and have grades and are not concerned with debt then the reality is transferring may be the best answer)