I would place Hastings, Loyola and Santa Clara well above McGeorge. McG is a great school education-wise, but as has been written here it's tough to compete for jobs - outside of Sac. that is. Chances are that unless you are in the top 15% and transfer out, you'll end up working in Sac. which is fine for some but not for others. You will lost likely miss out on BigLaw opportunities available at Hastings (and to a lesser extent Loyols and Santa Clara - even if they do provide many more opportunities than McGeorge in their own right). Check out nalpdirectory.com and do an advanced search. Look up each school and see how many employers come to OCI (on campus interviews). This is a good way to check out how much in deman you will be coming out of each school.Hastings = 347 firms/offices for about 419 studentsDavis = 197 for 200 studentsSanta Clara = 125 for 310 Loyola = 182 for 410USD = 142 for 365McGeorge = 27 for 340 Also check out ILRG namely: vhttp://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/index.php/2/desc/EmployGrad/2007
Hey Matokah,Yeah I'd say McGeorge grads would be in good stead for anything in the greater Sac. area as well as Reno etc. As far as Government jobs go, the more prestigious government jobs (federal and certain state positions) will always go to students at the top schools. In fact, for the most part, schools like Davis and Hastings may even have trouble in this area (especially for any federal positions - they're almost impossible to get out of law school unless your at a T-14). But there are plenty of middle of th road government positions that will hire from McGeorge. I know McG places well into the DA's offices and PD's offices in the area. As far as jobs for part-timers go, I'm not so sure. However, the best route to take, in my opinion, would be to snag a good legal internship if you are offered one. Future employers will look at work experience (although grades are the most important thing - especially if you are looking for non-government work). What may work, is to get on a track where you can transfer to full-time for your third year or so. Then, you can stay at your FT job between your first and second years, quit before your second summer to do an internship, interview for jobs in the fall of your third year, and then continue on without working and just going to school FT. I imagine that being PT for the first year would put you on a four year track right?When comparing Loyola and McG, unless you would much rather end up working in Sac., I would go to Loyola. It has a much better rep. than McG (even if McG deserves to have a better rep. than it does, it's just a fact of life) and places quite well in LA. I imagine it might even place ok in San Diego. In addition, while cost of living in LA is higher than Sac., the pay will be better down there too. I suppose the difference in employment prospects is that if you do awesome at McGeorge, there's no guaranty (especially if you decide not to transfer out) that you'll wind up in an awesome job. Meanwhile, Loyola grads are all over excellent private firms in LA and I'd imagine government jobs too. However, you seem to want to snag a good public interest position. Cutting debt load is key, so maybe McG is a good way to go. Then again only the top 1/3 keep their scholarships. You'll have to do pretty well. In fact the Kennedy scholar from my section finished just outside of the 1/3 and lost his scholarship my 1L year. Sort of sucks. For public interest, people often tend to forget that these are as coveted oftentimes as BigLaw jobs. In fact, often a good way to get such a position is to go work in BigLaw, cut down your debt, then go with one of the clients you've done work for Pro Bono (generally solid PI groups). I've written a book and have rambled myself. Hope some of this helps!