nouseforaname123 wrote:Most law students try to build the strongest possible resume in order to maximize their employment options post-graduation. OP is going against the grain by putting all of his/her eggs in a couple of baskets.
OP's plan depnds on the following:
1. Job is waiting for OP regardless of school rank/performance.
2. People promising OP job will still be in a position of power in 2016 (tbf, OP implies one firm is owned by a family member).
3. UNT will have affordable tuition.
4. UNT will open in 2013.
5. UNT will have a PT program.
Lots of sh!t can wrong with this master plan.eastdallas1 wrote:I am fully ingrained in the Texas legal profession.eastdallas1 wrote:Those stats on NALP are not always reflected in real life and I have heard are skewed by some odd hiring practices initiated by SMU.eastdallas1 wrote: I am sure there are some SMU grads that make $160K right off the bat - but I have not come across any.
Maybe I'm just a skeptical asshole, but something isn't adding up here.
How is it even possible for *SMU* to skew NALP data?
I am not suggesting SMU is a job prospect powerhouse but I'm struggling to comprehend how somebody who is "fully ingrained in the Texas legal profession" hasn't "come across" any of the SMU grads hired at firms like V&E, F&J, H&B, K&LG, AG, AK, etc....
FTR, I am one of the biggest proponents of attending a lower ranked school to save on cost. Worst case scenario, OP is out the cost of tuition and continues in his/her paralegal position. Go to UNT as long as you can live with the worst scenario.
Just trying to be honest and get some advice but it seems I have run into a bunch of 23 year olds (for the most part) that have not worked in the legal profession yet - aside from clerkships. Why are you skeptical of what I am saying on an anonymous forum? What would I have to gain by making any of this up? Actually I found nothing on NALP that said the median or mean salary of a SMU grad straight out of school is $160K - can you show me where it said that? And I know tons of lawyers and actually help with training new associates at my firm and none of them were offered anywhere near $160K from any firm in Dallas. Sure someone out there could have gotten that but it cannot be the median or average salary. No way.