finalaspects wrote:how is it looking for big law jobs that pay 160k? i mean does it compare with HYS?
I haven't exactly spent a lot of time looking at what it means to be graduating from HYS so I might not have a great view. But, opportunities for corporate law are more than available. "Biglaw" attorneys were individually involved in creating UCI and are excited about having UCI grads in their OC offices (like mbv pointed out). There is no denying you will be well prepared for any field.
I'm not in any position to compare, but those doors are open. Honestly, I don't think you will be able to compare until we have people graduating.
I agree with Veritas. Some partners/mentors at the reception were there to assure us that they are very eager to interview and hire UCI grads for their big 160k (they even said that number) jobs. Like I said earlier, there are a few (4 out of 60) 1L's that have PAID summer jobs. I don't know how this compares to other T14's but I know firm jobs are REALLY hard to come by for 1L's. It's also noteworthy that it seems most 1L's are PI focused (which makes sense since they took a risk enrolling and the FREE pricetag attracted them because they're PI focused, etc.)
Liz of Career services said she's confident (no guarantees in life but confident) that 2L's interested in biglaw will find opportunities at OCI, which is firm focused (not PI or gov't focused). And firms in OC have invested hundreds of thousands to UCI since 1989, and now that school is in session, they are eager to recruit.
I asked one firm partner where else they go to OCI, they listed HYS etc, but will be for SURE interviewing UCI students with the intention of hiring (no promises, but intention to hire).
I won't lie that I think opps may change down the line for students in the bottom half of the class because the class will more than double in size, but for now I think corporate opps with be plentiful (my 2 cents). And with top professors (recruited for their recognition and awards in teaching), I'm sure we'll also be prepared, or as prepared as any other T14 grad.
Also recall I said someone in the middle of the class (I went there and asked) said he got a PAID firm job (granted it is a small firm, but still pays incredible and its corporate stuff). Another girl got a firm job in a BIGLAW firm but she's, I believe, like a really top student.