I am currently a 2L at BU. I can say that BU does okay in California; as well as other similarly ranked schools. However, if you want to work in CALI< you shoudl go to Loyola. The reasons are obvious, but primarily, you should always go to a school in teh region where you want to work. Loyola will have a great network with the lawfirms in teh area. The students who I do know who obtained summer positions in Cali had to work really hard to get those positions, and most of them really just went back to firms where they used to work as paralegals before going to law school. The education will be better at BU, but your chances of success in Cali will be better from Loyola. However, if you think you might want to work on the east coast, you should think about coming here.
Thnx Bosox. Great to get a first-hand opinion. I have a few Q's:
(1) In terms of the students you know who got Cali positions, what were their class rankings? Also, in terms of self-selection, do you think that the top portion of the class simply choose to stay in Boston/NYC/DC? Or is it difficult even for the high achievers to find a job on the west coast?
(2) How do you like it at BU? Is the building really that bad? How are students generally like, and what type of hours do you put in per week towards school?
I have posetd a few reviews, so you may want to check my history. To get back to Cali, most of my friends scored in the top quarter of the class. Usually the top half get jobs while the bottom half have to work a lot harder. This will be the same at Loyola. The difference is that if you want to get to the other coast for work, you are going to have to have great connections or a solid top GPA. It is not impossible, but it is just very hard, even for the top students. (you should never go to LS on one coast if you want to work on the other coast, unless you get into a top school or one of the lower schools with great alumni networks (GW, ND, or BC usually)
I have enjoyed my time at BU. The building IS that awful however. THe peopel are nice, but it is not a very social school as it is very competitive; I think other studnets view eachother as competition more than they do as friends, which can be tough. But that being said, not eveyrone is like that and you can always find one of the more social groups to hang out with.
During 1L I worked from 8-6 on school work and went to the gym at night. It was not as bad as a lot of people say.