I have questions!!I know I want to practice law in SF. I am in at Berkeley, but also some other great T10s. Do you think in terms of career placement Berkeley offers a big advantage if I want to stay in the Bay Area? Or would I have similar options if I went to say, NYU? Also, best/worst thing about Boalt?thanks!!
Quote from: audreyann7 on January 21, 2009, 12:56:44 PMI have questions!!I know I want to practice law in SF. I am in at Berkeley, but also some other great T10s. Do you think in terms of career placement Berkeley offers a big advantage if I want to stay in the Bay Area? Or would I have similar options if I went to say, NYU? Also, best/worst thing about Boalt?thanks!!Congrats! It sounds like you have a lot of great options Boalt's location can cut both ways if you want to work in the Bay Area. Because the majority of Boalt students tend to want to stay in the Bay Area, you face more direct competition from your classmates, while if you go to a school like NYU fewer people are likely to be trying for a job in California, so you may have an easier time. However, there is something to be said for building contacts in the area where you eventually want to work, particularly by doing externships or volunteer work with government or public interest organizations, which many people at Boalt do. I am confident that you can get a job working in SF from both schools, with maybe a slight advantage to NYU for firm jobs (because of the diminished competition from classmates) and a slight advantage to Boalt for public interest work (because of the ability to build connections). Oh, but if you don't have any other personal connections to SF, you may be better off at Boalt, as some firms like to see ties to an area so they know you're committed to it (and anecdotally, attending Boalt seems to be enough evidence to convince firms that you're interested in sticking around here). From your confidence in saying you know you want to work in SF, I am assuming you do have some connection to the Bay Area. If I were you it would depend on whether or not you'd like to live in New York or somewhere else for a few years before you come back here (there's a lot to be said for that!) or if you want to get started putting down roots in the area where you eventually want to live. Best thing about Boalt: I know it's cheesy and generic, but the students and the professors. I'm sure everyone says that about their school, but I really love my classmates and pretty much all of the professors I've had so far.Worst thing about Boalt: The building (and now the construction)! By a mile. It's unfortunate but true.
Are you referring to construction on the law building or on campus in general? Also, do most law students live on/near campus or are there any who live in SF?
i have a question! I got a full scholarship to UCLA, and I'm hoping to get accepted to Berkeley with my numbers. I want to work in public interest, so the $$ is a really good benefit. But, of course, Berkeley is an amazing school and more highly ranked than UCLA. I'm from nor-cal and went to a UC for undergrad, so I'd love either school.Do you have any advice about Boalt vs. UCLA w/ $$? Do you think for public interest work the ratings really make a huge difference? Do you think Berkeley is a way better school overall? Thanks so much!