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Do you think it is advantageous to attend law school in CA if you want to practice there?

Law schools in CA tend to drill down the CA bar subjects. Th trijocker05/10/19
Umm... are you making a declaration or asking a question? It john0905/10/19
Ummm...when I graduated law school Erwin was still at USC an trijocker05/11/19
As a general rule of thumb, it's always better to attend sch jd4hire05/10/19
What if you had to choose between BU and CAL, or UCI, which trijocker05/10/19
I practice in socal and I have never met anyone from BU. Wh imoothereforeim05/10/19
I practice in SoCal and have represented a graduate of BU. B cacrimdefense05/11/19
BU, Boston University, is ranked #23 on USNWR law school ran trijocker05/11/19
I probably didn't drop enough hint. Go to websites of law o imoothereforeim05/11/19
Uh, I am old, and was asked this question by a law school ap trijocker05/11/19
UCI all day long. If you want to practice in California, go jd4hire05/10/19
But BU is not well known in CA. Don't choose BU over a UC la cranky05/11/19
Christ, were we all as annoying as trijocker? Guy: You ar passportfan305/12/19
trijocker (May 10, 2019 - 8:53 am)

Law schools in CA tend to drill down the CA bar subjects. There are distinctions between the Federal Rules and California in both Civil Procedure and Evidence, plus California Community Property is also unique in itself. Also, there will be opportunities to clerk and work in CA while going through school, increasing your potential contacts with CA employers. So unless you get into a T14, is it a better choice to attend a CA law school, if you want to stay in state to practice?

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john09 (May 10, 2019 - 9:25 am)

Umm... are you making a declaration or asking a question? It seems like you are doing both.

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trijocker (May 11, 2019 - 1:12 pm)

Ummm...when I graduated law school Erwin was still at USC and teaching BARBRI.
I don't have any current read or knowledge on the state of CA law schools and their career prospects, so when someone asks, I have to say I don't know. That is why I asked here.

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jd4hire (May 10, 2019 - 9:34 am)

As a general rule of thumb, it's always better to attend school where you'd like to practice.

The caveats depend on the school. I'd think you'd be better off to go to Boston University and try and practice in CA rather than attend Thomas Jefferson.

If you get into HYS, you can practice anywhere, IMO.

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trijocker (May 10, 2019 - 10:07 am)

What if you had to choose between BU and CAL, or UCI, which is nearly ranked the same as BU?

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imoothereforeim (May 10, 2019 - 4:24 pm)

I practice in socal and I have never met anyone from BU. What's a BU?

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cacrimdefense (May 11, 2019 - 1:27 am)

I practice in SoCal and have represented a graduate of BU. Based upon that experience, none of what commonly leaps from the mouth of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez leaves me stupefied or astounded.

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trijocker (May 11, 2019 - 8:43 am)

BU, Boston University, is ranked #23 on USNWR law school rankings.
It is tied with UCI law for spot 23, BU has a financial services LLM.
A buddy of mine said it was the greatest disappointment of his life that he was unable to attend BU, and had to attend a regional law school instead. Apparently, BU is well thought of in the northeast.
https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings

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imoothereforeim (May 11, 2019 - 8:23 pm)

I probably didn't drop enough hint. Go to websites of law offices (that you want to join) in California and see how many associates are from BU.

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trijocker (May 11, 2019 - 8:43 pm)

Uh, I am old, and was asked this question by a law school applicant.
I think there has to be a better resource than dropping by law offices to survey their attorneys.What I am getting at is what out of state schools translate into work in CA. I think I have met Columbia or NYU people, not Vandy or Emory or UTers, for example, no matter how much schools like to claim their JD gets you jobs in other states.

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jd4hire (May 10, 2019 - 4:28 pm)

UCI all day long. If you want to practice in California, go the best school you can (unless scholarship considerations come into play and specific locale - San Francisco versus Socal).

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cranky (May 11, 2019 - 1:06 pm)

But BU is not well known in CA. Don't choose BU over a UC law school. Waste of money if your goal is to practice in CA.

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passportfan3 (May 12, 2019 - 2:32 am)

Christ, were we all as annoying as trijocker?

Guy: You are greatly advantaged by attending law school in the state or city in which you want to practice. Period.

Yes, you can find people from out-of-state schools practicing somewhere. So what? Law firms in Orlando want to hire Gators and 'Noles. Law firms in Los Angeles want to hire from Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA and USC.

That's just the way it is, and no amount of "I heard Georgetown is respected in Chicago recruiting" is going to change this basic -- and frankly common sense -- fact.

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