« on: August 14, 2007, 02:35:39 AM »
For most practical purposes, Pepperdine is not a place you want to go without a substantal scholarship. It would be considered the fourth-best local school, but in reality it isn't even that well-regarded. It isn't likely at all that you can get a market-paying job, which is important if you're going that much in debt.
Since LA is right below NYC and DC in terms of legal markets, it attracts lots of people from T14s, including lots of people from Boalt. There are two very strong local schools, and the bottom half of both USC and UCLA fights for below-market jobs. In addition, lots of people from Hastings and Davis head to LA, usually to look for below-market jobs. I would think most local people consider all the aforementioned schools, even including San Diego, better than Loyola. Loyola has huge graduating classes and is the dominant local TTT. Pepperdine is condidered to be in the scrum of schools below Loyola, and among those Southwestern has the strongest local alumni base.
On the other hand Pepperdine is a very pretty place and most people do end up finding some sort of job. But it's a difficult spot to be, especially since it's a better school than its position in the local market. With similar numbers, you can go to San Diego or Loyola, I think. Just try to do as well as you can on the LSAT and worry about schools later. You might do awesome and be looking at better schools, or do worse and change your mind about the whole thing.