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good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby fear&loathingintexas » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:30 pm

Apart from the obvious (i.e. Texas), what T50 schools are marketable for firms in Houston? I'm not T10 material, but I also don't want to go to South Texas or TSU and be consigned to car accident litigation for the rest of my life.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby mjd » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:33 pm

Though not top 50, I understand University of Houston places very well in Houston and the surrounding area.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:34 pm

fear&loathingintexas wrote:Apart from the obvious (i.e. Texas), what T50 schools are marketable for firms in Houston? I'm not T10 material, but I also don't want to go to South Texas or TSU and be consigned to car accident litigation for the rest of my life.


1. UT
2. University of Houston

SMU and Baylor are probably the next best two options.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby kalvano » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:43 pm

Aside from UT, go to UofH. If you are absolutely stuck on T50 (which would be silly), go to SMU. But SMU will not place as well in Houston as UofH. The only way I would recommend SMU over UofH is if SMU offers good money.

Also, if you get a full ride or close to STCL, that's something to consider, as I understand it does fairly well in Houston.


Edit - I'm assuming your numbers do not allow for UT or similar schools.
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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby 2014 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:47 pm

If it is t50 or bust, I suppose WUSTL or Vandy might be able to help you get there given there locations, but I sure as hell wouldn't bank on it.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby achilles » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:58 pm

I think Vandy would definitely be a good bet, but if you got in there, you'd probably also get into UT

http://law.vanderbilt.edu/alumni/alumni ... index.aspx

I've been researching this some because I want to end up in Houston too. And honestly, if a Houston office is hiring at an out-of-state school, I bet they'll be pretty interested in students like you who want to practice in Houston (provided your grades are high enough). Most kids will want to head off to the other big cities. I'd recommend going to the sites of schools that interest you and checking out their geographic placement info. And if there isn't any, can't hurt to email them

Anyway, this is how I'd rank the TX schools for Houston placement
Texas
UH
SMU
STCL (took my LSAT there, and it actually seemed pretty nice)

edit: I left Baylor off, because I can't imagine anyone wanting to go to Waco...

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby 20160810 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:06 am

Obviously, UT is your best bet outside of HYS and the like. But if you have good ties to Houston (i.e. grew up there), then you can apply independently to Houston firms that don't do OCI and still do well. Accordingly, I would definitely look at schools like Vandy or WUSTL over UH.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby thinkbig » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:12 am

1. Any T14 school, or UT
2. U Houston

I was seriously considering U Houston but want to work in Chicago so opted not to go there. If you are "not top 10 material," you must go to law school in the region or city where you look to work.
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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby stratocophic » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:15 am

SBL wrote:Obviously, UT is your best bet outside of HYS and the like. But if you have good ties to Houston (i.e. grew up there), then you can apply independently to Houston firms that don't do OCI and still do well. Accordingly, I would definitely look at schools like Vandy or WUSTL over UH.
Tons of Texans (and especially Houstonians) in Vandy's UG. The percentage drops for the law school, but I think there's still a strong alumni base. WUSTL's making a big push to expand its reach in Texas and on the west coast right now. Seems like there are a bunch of Texas kids here, but maybe my group of acquaintances is skewed.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby MoS » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:17 am

UT
UH
SMU
Tulane
Baylor
Other texas schools

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby thinkbig » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:21 am

MoS wrote:UT
UH
SMU
Tulane
Baylor
Other texas schools


+1 +Duke.... sprung from its sprocket...

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby JazzOne » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:25 am

I think you should consider UT, SMU, and Vandy. In fact, I recently looked at Vandy's placement stats (pre-ITE), and they were pretty impressive. Perhaps someone can weigh in on Vandy's placement this year or last. Also, Vandy looks really nice. I've never been there, but the pictures make me quite jealous as the UT facilities are a bit eclectic.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby kalvano » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:21 am

This thread is actually pretty pointless without knowing numbers.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby 20160810 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:53 pm

kalvano wrote:This thread is actually pretty pointless without knowing numbers.

Agreed. When we don't know what options OP might have, it's impossible to give good advice. Also, for someone with ties to Texas, going to UofH over a school like UCLA or Vandy would be insane.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby ihp12 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:02 pm

Tulane and LSU do OK in Houston, but definately go to UT or UH over those for Houston.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby omninode » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:24 pm

I would think you could go to any well-known/respected law school and, if you do well, Houston firms will be happy to hear from you. No need to limit yourself to Texas-area schools.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby nealric » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:48 pm

"Top 50" is not a meaningful category.

This thread is pointless without numbers.

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Re: good Top 50 schools for working in Houston?

Postby Bosque » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:02 pm

thinkbig wrote:
MoS wrote:UT
UH
SMU
Tulane
Baylor
Other texas schools


+1 +Duke.... sprung from its sprocket...


I would agree, but if he is not sure he will get into UT, I don't think Duke is going to be an option.

Still throw an ap out there though.




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