lisjjen wrote:Look. I know UMich is a hell of a school. A hell of an opportunity. I think everybody knows that. I don't want to grow old thinking I could have made a better choice.
But when a T10 school admits that only about a dozen of their 1Ls can find summer work in an official interview and they don't put out their employment or income stats, that starts to make me feel a little wary. I'm not going to start directly attributing it to a "decline" but when I see an orange diesel truck off-roading in the Silicon Hills with a bunch of 1Ls talking about their summer work on TLS and a fairly transparent employment report, I just start to ask if the extra $70-80k is worth it.
Yeah, I also don't know who could have possibly told you that only a dozen 1Ls found summer work. There isn't a person I know who didn't land some sort of legal employment, and the very large majority of them were with prestigious federal agencies/judges or non-profits. Of the small number who actually attempted to land internships with firms, a decent amount were successful. I have no idea what it was like at other peers, but I would imagine it's rather comparable.
As for secondary markets, definitely go to the school in that market if you don't have ties. If you already have strong ties, you'll probably be able to land the firms from slightly lower in your class at UM. I have a couple friends heading to LA from around median, but landing a LA firm at median might not be as easy from USC - you'll have to weigh whether that advantage is worth the extra cost to you. Texas is rather picky and might be a different story, but Michigan can still get you there if you can show a commitment to the area. If you don't end up with the grades for biglaw, however, you might have better luck finding a smaller gig if you're at UT.