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danielle9281
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Southern California Law Schools

Postby danielle9281 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:45 am

I am going to be applying to these schools in Southern California, and I know UCLA is the top choice, but all of these ae still top tier 10 schools. What I am wondering is gettig a good paying job harder if I went to one of the other schools other than UCLA? I am wondering about what the differences are between the schools when it comes to job aspects?

UCLA
USC Gould
Loyola
U of San Diego

bdubs
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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby bdubs » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:55 am

Big gap between UCLA, USC and Loyola, USD.

UCLA is recognized pretty broadly as a top tier school, whereas USC has a strong reputation but primarily places in Southern California.

The job prospects at Loyola, USD are not even comparable to UCLA/USC. They have very narrow recognition and you need to be at the top of the class to get a good job.

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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby danielle9281 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:28 pm

bdubs wrote:Big gap between UCLA, USC and Loyola, USD.

UCLA is recognized pretty broadly as a top tier school, whereas USC has a strong reputation but primarily places in Southern California.

The job prospects at Loyola, USD are not even comparable to UCLA/USC. They have very narrow recognition and you need to be at the top of the class to get a good job.



I guess I just want to make sure I can land a good paying job at a large firm, and I never knew until viewing this website that it is hard to do, when you do not graduae from a top law school.

How hard is it to transfer law schools?

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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby im_blue » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:36 pm

UCLA - maybe top 20-25% gets a biglaw job
USC - same but probably restricted to LA
Loyola / USD - maybe 5% gets biglaw

Don't go to any school planning to transfer - you'll probably need top 10% grades just to have a shot, and many law firms won't interview you if they wouldn't have at your old school.
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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby bdubs » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:37 pm

danielle9281 wrote:I guess I just want to make sure I can land a good paying job at a large firm, and I never knew until viewing this website that it is hard to do, when you do not graduae from a top law school.

How hard is it to transfer law schools?


About as hard as getting a good paying job at a large firm. Both 2L SAs and transfers are based on your 1L grades, so the probability of getting a good job with a big firm is highly correlated with getting good (very good) grades as a 1L.

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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby uci2013 » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:31 am

danielle9281 wrote:I am going to be applying to these schools in Southern California, and I know UCLA is the top choice, but all of these ae still top tier 10 schools. What I am wondering is gettig a good paying job harder if I went to one of the other schools other than UCLA? I am wondering about what the differences are between the schools when it comes to job aspects?

UCLA
USC Gould
Loyola
U of San Diego


I am biased but I would also consider UC Irvine :-)

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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby conroyc » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:51 pm

uci2013 wrote:
danielle9281 wrote:I am going to be applying to these schools in Southern California, and I know UCLA is the top choice, but all of these ae still top tier 10 schools. What I am wondering is gettig a good paying job harder if I went to one of the other schools other than UCLA? I am wondering about what the differences are between the schools when it comes to job aspects?

UCLA
USC Gould
Loyola
U of San Diego


I am biased but I would also consider UC Irvine :-)



Samsies. :)

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nihilism is key
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Re: Southern California Law Schools

Postby nihilism is key » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:08 pm

danielle9281 wrote:I am going to be applying to these schools in Southern California, and I know UCLA is the top choice, but all of these ae still top tier 10 schools. What I am wondering is gettig a good paying job harder if I went to one of the other schools other than UCLA? I am wondering about what the differences are between the schools when it comes to job aspects?

UCLA
USC Gould
Loyola
U of San Diego


What is a top tier 10 school?




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