AssumptionRequired wrote:I actually have no animosity for UCI. Took a couple classes there over the summer when home from my UG, I grew up 15 minutes from the campus, I enjoyed the time I sent there and in their amazing gym lol. I just dont want people to go there under the assumption it will be a T20. Next year when the rankings come out and they are 35-45 (big IF, they could be number 15 we dont know), will you be happy with your decision? If so, then you made a great choice. Graduating from Law school with less debt than many undergraduates is something many can only dream of. But there is also risk involved.
Personally, I am thrilled if we rank anywhere in the top 50 given we are a brand new school, and in general the ranking doesn't matter to me. Wherever we rank I am happy with my decision. I love my classmates, I love the support here at the school, and I have been happy with the opportunities I have had. I am happy that I was able to find a summer position on the east coast as a 1L and I was able to obtain an SA as a 2L. We don't have rankings but I would guess I am somewhere in the top 20-40% (yep that broad a range because I really have no idea) - so I am not a super star and FWIW I chose not to do law review as well. So job wise I couldn't be happier.
I've also been able to do great PI related externships during the school year and am still unsure if I want to do firm work or PI when I graduate - I am happy I get to experience both.
Not everyone who wanted an SA got one, so I can't say it is all flowers and spring for everyone, but the overall placement levels seem pretty strong and the support is definitely there if you want it. And we have strong placement at high profile PI organizations like the ACLU. And I think even at a T14 there is SOME risk entering law today when it comes to finding jobs. I saw from OCI that there is clearly some luck in the process - sometimes you get lucky and click with an interviewer and sometimes you don't.
What makes me happy is the feedback our students are getting about their work. I've gotten a lot of praise on my motions and memos for my externships, as have other students - in fact the example of a good motion I was given for my first motion this semester was written by one of our externs from last semester. In the end, if our students come out and do good work, that is what will carry the day.