ChaseInk wrote:Current 2L here. Law review member, moot court participant, research fellow for the writing skills program.
If anyone wants the UCI perspective from a 2L who has been through OCI and the law review write on, PM me.
Just for the record, we have about 14 2Ls with SA positions in big law in San Diego, OC, LA, Portland, and SF. Most of the 14 of us pulled two to three offers each. Our new CDO big law student advisor worked for Cravath in NYC and is starting to work her connections with the other V20 firms for OCI next fall. Only about 30-40 of the 85ish of us participated in fall OCI. We also have a few 2Ls going to top public interest law firms in Pasadena, the EPA, and other good positions. Spring OCI is only now just getting underway.
Chase: How helpful is the career center with OCI (do they have an experienced staff)? Does UCI have good connections? When I think about UCI, I mostly think of public interest/judicial clerkships. Are most UCI students interested in this type of work? Is big law a minority? Thanks!
There are quite a few firms in OC that are fully committed to hiring from UCI (these are firms that don’t hire from the other OC or SD law schools, but do hire from UCLA and USC). For example, we now have one person from each class at Sheppard and Jones Day in OC and OMM Newport has made offers to people each year. We also have or have had people heading to (or received offers from) these OC firms: Rutan, Latham, Alan Matkins, Bryan Cave, Troutman, etc. But that’s just OC. There are also a couple dozen firms in LA and a dozen or so SF/SV firm that fully engage in OCI, offered call backs, and in many cases made offers. It seems clear that more and more firms are interviewing during OCI. We’re not at the size of UCLA or USC OCI, but we also don’t have the class size to support that many firms interviewing. As our graduates populate more firms in LA, SF, SV, and OC and as classes grow, OCI will get bigger—it already is.
There are still quite a few people who are fully interested in PI/non-profit, but there are also quite a few of us who are looking to do big law. I think the 1Ls this year have an even bigger big law focus.
CDO here is very helpful. We are assigned a CDO representative December 1 of 1L year based on our career preference (i.e. big law, non profit, government) and then we have mandatory meetings with them where they help us with our resume and cover letter. They give us red lined comments on our resume until it’s perfect. Depending on your career preference, we also have mentors assigned to us from area firms (mine was at a V20 firm) who help us with resumes and cover letters. In CDO, Erin, who is the rep for big law, is an HLS graduate, Cravath and Cooley SD alum. She knows her stuff