Any available data yet on class of 2012 grad employment? Or have you heard anything personally?
+1, also any relevant info regarding 1l or 2l SA
Jonathk1: I'm bringing this c/o 2012's comment back to the front, in case you didn't see it. It's buried on page 4 or 5.
teiswei wrote:How do you feel the school is perceived by employers?
My personal perspective is that UCI is perceived to be on a similar level as USC and UCLA. I'm working for a large law firm in L.A. and my firm extended offers to multiple UCI students in each of the past 3 summers.
I know that, with my class, there was a lot of curiosity among employers and that likely helped our employment prospects during our 2L OCI. They wanted to know if the students lived up to the hype being generated by the school. OCI seems to have continued to be successful in subsequent years, so I can only assume we didn't disappoint.
I don't know how we compare to the schools I mentioned in terms of percentage of students who take part in OCI, and percentage of OCI participants who are employed. Public interest is a major component of the Irvine community so a lot of the students simply don't want those jobs.
I did not apply for a clerkship, but I believe that most of my classmates who made a serious effort to win a clerkship were successful. Dean Chemerinsky is a tremendous asset in that process, since he is so well connected among judges across the country.
I don't have any hard info about the 2012 class other than the clerkships and the bar passage rate.
UCI has a program where they match 1Ls with practicing attorneys. (The practicing attorney is your mentor; each mentor has 1, sometimes 2, students; and the mentor is there for any questions, tips, concerns, or whatever.) Some of these mentors were class of 2012 students, and the ones I spoke to said the same things as lazarus.
Enigma: Similar answer, but I know those classes a little better. I don't know of any 1L SAs for the current 1L class yet. However, there are a number of 1L judicial externships already, and applications for 1L summer are just underway now. (Everyone from the CDO office to the faculty are enormously helpful in the job search, by the way. Having friends at various law schools, this is special.)
I haven't heard of anyone who wanted a 2L SA and didn't get it. I personally know a number of people in the 3L class who did 2L SAs, and they are heading off to BigLaw from those SAs.
During first semester, UCI puts on an event where 2Ls and 3Ls talk to 1Ls about their summer job experience. (They group similar jobs together at tables with signs, and the 1Ls go around asking questions, etc..) I was really impressed by how many 2Ls and 3Ls participated, and how many different types of employers were represented.
The feeling around campus is definitely not one of concern, and everyone I know is on track with whatever career they're shooting for. I wish I could provide more solid information. That's what I have.