I would definitely say its UCLA/USC. Simply because they are schools in primary markets, not considered T14, that place decently well into biglaw.
Yeah this is how I see it too. They're the closest thing to Fordham on the west coast.
Eh, the LA and NY market are so different though, that I would hesitate to compare. IMHO UCLA and USC (esp. UCLA) are generally gonna be better choices for people. I mean, they're the two best law schools in the 2nd-biggest city in the country. Fordham has a much bigger market to operate in, but it's under the shadow of NYU/Columbia and even to an extent Penn/Cornell/rest of T-14.
Ya but it isn't that much different.
Columbia-> NYU -> Cornell->Fordham
Plus isn't the NY market quite a bit larger than the LA/SF markets? The comparison might not be perfect, but its pretty close. Although I would agree that someone set on working in LA, going to UCLA/USC, is going to be (slightly) better off than someone looking for work in NYC from Fordham.