IzziesGal wrote:How are you trying to meet these Berkeley grads? When I was looking at Philadelphia summer associate positions, I managed to find a lot of them. You have to go to the big firm's website and then search for lawyers based on what law school they graduated from. I was able to find a good number of Berkeley grads at each firm - and they were willing to call me to chat about their firms and pass my resume along. I still think it is way too soon to be doing this, though, as a 0L. You should start researching firms heavily for 2L recruiting as a 1L in April/May.
No I mean in my years of WE. I haven't really looked so it was just a rough feel from the top of my head. I am trying to compare Penn and Berkeley, so it is not really too early.
I know, I'm sorry - I completely misunderstood and thought you were looking for alumni for firm work. That's my mistake!
And yes, you should definitely start talking to alums. Try going to to Penn's OCI thread on here and start seeing where Penn grads go in the area (this will give you an idea of what big firms are in Philly, if you don't already know). Then look up those firms and search for lawyers by school. Use "Boalt" as well as "Berkeley Law," since many of the older alums refuse to give up the Boalt name.
Of course, Philly firms will be saturated with Penn Law grads and grads from Villanova, Temple, etc., but there will be some Boalties as well. Don't forget that a lot of people from CA self-select and stay here, which makes it harder to tell how far Berkeley's reach really is. Honestly, I don't see much difference between Penn and Boalt. Once of my closest friends is a 3L at Penn and we always compare notes on the two schools. I think you should go where you feel you fit in the most and where you like the people the most, etc. Good luck and PM me if you have any Qs.