Certain it is a tougher market, but people make it. My point about the Cooley grads was to not worry about rankings, they are just U.S. News subjective opinon of schools based on god knows what. If this person wants to live in L.A. then they should go to school in L.A. I was born and raised in L.A. and worked for O'Melveny & Myers a huge international firm headquartered in L.A. Guess what geographical location most of the lawyers that work in the L.A. office went to school in. BIG SHCOCKER L.A. most of the lawyers at the L.A. office went Pepperdine, Loyola, Chapman, UCLA, USC, and actually a lot went to Southwestern.
Maybe I was to harsh by calling someone an idiot I apologize for that, but my point is if you want to live in a certain location then go to school there. Think of it this way if this person goes to Minnesota or Hastings and they want to work in L.A. for their 1L or 2L summer to make a connections, how are they are going to interview? It will be a pain in the ass particuarly if they are in Minnesota. With 10 law schools in L.A. and 20 in California do you really think L.A. firms are looking to the midwest for graduates? The person will have to fly out on their own dime for interview pay for a hotel room and even if they get hired find a new place in L.A. under time pressure which is pretty difficult to do on a month to month basis, because most landlords want years leases out there. Then YOU MUST HAVE A CAR TO LIVE IN LA so they have to drive cross country if they even have a car, or buy one in L.A. then what do they do with it after the summer is over? Then god forbid before they get hired the firms wants them to have a second or third interview three country trips will hit your wallet pretty hard.
Hastings is closer, but Hastings Grads work in San Francisco. Obviously, some leave, but the point is firms in L.A. are not going to scour the country when they have multiple law schools at their doorstep. If this person really desires to live and work in L.A. then they should go to school in L.A. On top of that if they want to live in is L.A. then live there now, why wait three years to move to the city you want to live in.
As a sidenote about Hastings it is kind of in the Ghetto I actually just picked up my girlfriend from the BART last night and Hastings was right next to it, it is shocking how shady it is just two blocks from the school. It is a GREAT SCHOOL though I am not taking anything away from it, just in a bad neighborhood.