thexfactor wrote:The problem is if you miss biglaw you will likely get a job that pays 40k not 80k.
Not entirely correct in Dallas. There are a ton of mid-law firms that pay somewhere in the middle. Even the DA's make $60K here.
There are just so many business and firms here.
Also, for 1L work - very, very few paying 1L jobs. But no issues finding something legally-related to do. I already have some work lined up. Most of the 2L's I spoke to have something for their summer as well. I've spoken to around 5 or 6 that have a Biglaw something lined up, the rest something else, but usually paying.
Also, the market seems to be recovering here. All the students I've spoken with, and hiring partners / attorneys from firms are of the opinion that my class will have a much better OCI than last year's class. They seem to think that was rock-bottom.
I'm not saying everything is rosy, but the opportunities here seem much better than in other places. Undoubtedly, NU would give you great access to most anywhere, but Texas firms seem to highly prize connections to the state.