I made friends with a law firm recruiter based in LA this past weekend.
He said that Pepperdine has a great rep in the area right behind USC and UCLA and that they have a strong alumni network. He also said Loyola was a distant 4th.
That said... if you want a degree that will give you far reaching job offers... go Fordham. He also stated the top 30 schools can get you in the door across the US.
"Loyola was a distant 4th" in what? alumni network? rep? After taking a quick look through attorney profiles of some of the major law firms in LA and OC, Pepperdine seems to me to come in a distant 5th at best, behind USD even.
I'm not surprised at this. Although I do wonder if USD is 3rd or 4th when looking at all of Southern California. Loyola produces a lot more attorneys per year than most other law schools so I'm guessing that they'll take 3rd but from the looks of it, both schools provide similar job prospects.