I have researched Perperdine a bit, and although they are a 3rd tier law school against may top 100 schools. Its local reputation does rival loyola and can offer competitive job placement in the LA area tat other high ranked schools can not like for instance Boston College is pretty high up there but since it is geographically placed in the east you can get into may firms right around LA. Just go to Peperdine and once you're in then study up and work hard and graduate in the top 10% of your class and you will be then fighting for job placement with the top 30% of UCLA and like the top 20% of USC etc... It is stilla fine well established and nationally recognized school. Hope this shed some light in the darkness for you.