shakingpaper wrote:Any idea what USC placement is like in the NorCal markets? It seems overwhelmingly LA-centric! I'm in at both USC and Cornell, but would ultimately like to end up on the west coast (but not LA) so I don't know which choice is the safer bet in terms of job placement pull.
Good question. As I mentioned, most of USC's marketing efforts are in SoCal. Not a huge number of students have ended up in NorCal, but I think a lot of that is a self-selection bias. That said, I do not think Cornell has any better pull up there, and I do know that there are some people in recent years who have ended up in biglaw in NorCal, and lot more who are looking to do so in the near future.
This issue with NorCal hiring, though, is that you have two t10 schools in the area to compete with. In hiring, most firms look closely at both your school ranking, and your ties to the area. A USC/Cornell grad is going to have a hard time up against any Cal/Stanford student in a market that is not really equipped to absorb that many grads (except maybe in patent/IP law.) I'm basing this only on instinct, but I would bet that USC is still a better choice than Cornell, if only because it is in the same state, and there is a core of SC alums in some of the V50 firms in SF. But look into Cornell's placement in the SF market -- I could be wrong.