2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

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UVA vs. Texas?

UVA (COA=$90,000) $120,000 from UVA
29
74%
Texas (COA=$50,000) Just cost of living
10
26%
 
Total votes: 39

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2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:34 pm

rad lulz wrote:1. Total cost (how many loans you will have to take)
2. LSAT/GPA
3. Where you are from and other regional ties
4. What you want to do, career wise
5. Where you want to do the thing that you want to do


1. Total costs of each school in the poll.
2. 170/4.08
3. From Nebraska.
4. No specific goals. Happy to have any job that pays the bills. BIGLAW or midlaw would be nice.
5. This is what makes my choice so tough. I could really see myself working in a major market in Texas. Otherwise I would be happy coming back to Omaha where I have ties. I think conventional wisdom screams to go to UVA, but I think going to Texas would give me the best chance to break into Dallas or Houston. Advice from any current Texas students would be super appreciated. Do Texas students wish they got into the T10 or are they happy because median at Texas is safe for some employment? I am super torn up because I really like both schools and I was pretty deadset on going to UVA for some time.

Help please! Especially Texas 2Ls and 3Ls!

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby bdole2 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:45 pm

If you are 100% sure you want either Houston or Dallas, then Texas. However, it doesn't sound like you are...in which case UVA should give you more options, and UVA should allow you to get Houston or Dallas as well.

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Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:47 pm

bdole2 wrote:If you are 100% sure you want either Houston or Dallas, then Texas. However, it doesn't sound like you are...in which case UVA should give you more options, and UVA should allow you to get Houston or Dallas as well.

Yeah, but I don't have ties to the area other than going to South Padre for spring break my sophomore year. Thoughts on that?

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Postby flem » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:47 pm

UVA brah. More portable.

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Postby flem » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:48 pm

Tom Joad wrote:
bdole2 wrote:If you are 100% sure you want either Houston or Dallas, then Texas. However, it doesn't sound like you are...in which case UVA should give you more options, and UVA should allow you to get Houston or Dallas as well.

Yeah, but I don't have ties to the area other than going to South Padre for spring break my sophomore year. Thoughts on that?


This should be sufficient. Did you have a one night stand in the area?

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:50 pm

flem wrote:
Tom Joad wrote:
bdole2 wrote:If you are 100% sure you want either Houston or Dallas, then Texas. However, it doesn't sound like you are...in which case UVA should give you more options, and UVA should allow you to get Houston or Dallas as well.

Yeah, but I don't have ties to the area other than going to South Padre for spring break my sophomore year. Thoughts on that?


This should be sufficient. Did you have a one night stand in the area?

No, shared a room with a bunch of girls and kind of had to play the protective dad role. But I did make out with a pretty hot girl who went to UT, so I know there are honiez there.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby enzo66 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:52 pm

I'm at a 2L at UVA. Everyone I know that wanted a job in Texas for this summer has one. Most of those are with great firms. Several are with smaller firms or government agencies/public interest (still great options).

I voted for UVA. If you decide mid-1L that you'd rather go to DC or NY (or anywhere else for that matter), you'll have a much better opportunity to do so.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:53 pm

Tom Joad wrote:
flem wrote:
Tom Joad wrote:
bdole2 wrote:If you are 100% sure you want either Houston or Dallas, then Texas. However, it doesn't sound like you are...in which case UVA should give you more options, and UVA should allow you to get Houston or Dallas as well.

Yeah, but I don't have ties to the area other than going to South Padre for spring break my sophomore year. Thoughts on that?


This should be sufficient. Did you have a one night stand in the area?

No, shared a room with a bunch of girls and kind of had to play the protective dad role. But I did make out with a pretty hot girl who went to UT, so I know there are honiez there.


flem wrote:UVA brah. More portable.

But I really have no intention of ever working in NYC or Chicago or other places Texas doesn't place in. I am dying right now.

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Postby gaud » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:55 pm

flem wrote:UVA brah. More portable.


I'd go with UVA as well. Their placement justifies the extra cash, IMHO.

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Postby flem » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:55 pm

Tom Joad wrote:But I really have no intention of ever working in NYC or Chicago or other places Texas doesn't place in. I am dying right now.


Even if you wanted to move home, UVA has more lay preftige

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby AreJay711 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:56 pm

Ties to Texas are overrated. They think they are the shit and don't don't take much convincing to buy that you do too. Because of that, the portability of UVA is worth the extra $.

I'm working in Houston this summer as a 1L at U of M having never visited for more than a few days. The big law lawyers I have talked to said that this is more than enough to establish ties as long as you can tell a convincing story about why you want to be there. However, UVA will make smaller markets in TX like San Antonio or Austin much, much harder for you.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby rayiner » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:57 pm

For the $40k difference, UVA all the way. In an insular market like Texas, you can't be sure that just going to the local law school will be enough ties to get firms to take you seriously. Chicago is a lot less insular than Texas and firms here still grill out of state students who attend NU and want to stay in the city. Moreover, UVA just gives you a better overall chance at a job: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=181415

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:00 pm

rayiner wrote:For the $40k difference, UVA all the way. In an insular market like Texas, you can't be sure that just going to the local law school will be enough ties to get firms to take you seriously. Chicago is a lot less insular than Texas and firms here still grill out of state students who attend NU and want to stay in the city. Moreover, UVA just gives you a better overall chance at a job: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=181415

Much thanks!

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby de5igual » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:04 pm

UT 2L here.

Choose UVA since it's only 40K more. Yeah, since you don't have ties to TX it might make it harder to crack Dallas/Houston, but it's not like you're TX or bust anyway. Honestly, even if you went to UT, being an out-of-stater going for Texas markets puts you at a slight disadvantage compared to the native Texans. The overall better employment prospects makes UVA worth $40K IMO.

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Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:28 pm

f0bolous wrote:UT 2L here.

Choose UVA since it's only 40K more. Yeah, since you don't have ties to TX it might make it harder to crack Dallas/Houston, but it's not like you're TX or bust anyway. Honestly, even if you went to UT, being an out-of-stater going for Texas markets puts you at a slight disadvantage compared to the native Texans. The overall better employment prospects makes UVA worth $40K IMO.

Awesome info, thanks!

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby bobbyh1919 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:31 pm

You got $40K/year to UVA? That's awesome (and gives me hope that I can maybe get more!).

But anyway, UVA here as you already know.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby shoeshine » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:33 pm

Texas.

Because UVA is not as great as TLS would lead you to believe.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby hookem7 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:41 pm

Texas because of your Hank Hill picture. The people of Arlen wouldn't take kindly to seeing on of their own going off to do some fancy pants booklearnin in Virginia

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby romothesavior » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:47 pm

UVA, but both are great options at the price.

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Postby HeavenWood » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:55 pm

romothesavior wrote:UVA, but both are great options at the price.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:48 pm

Bump for the night crew. I just want somebody to help me justify wanting to go to Texas.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby crit_racer » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:07 am

UVA has ungraded legal writing. UT is graded.

As a UT 1L who is clawing his eyes out working on his brief right now, I say go to UVA.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby wallflower1987 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:16 am

Tom Joad wrote:Bump for the night crew. I just want somebody to help me justify wanting to go to Texas.


I say Texas... the strongest economy in the country is in Texas because of energy. Houston and Dallas are powerhouses, and I think Austin is right there too. Of course the bulk of TLS people are going to say go to the higher ranked school, because it's what they've been trained to believe. But T14 means the 14 schools a defunct magazine says are best, based on rankings that are utterly indefensible garbage (example: they reward wasteful spending and huge numbers of useless electives, as well as high tuition figures... no joke). So base your decision on placement, and outside of the east coast, I think Texas is at least on par. There is no actual, concrete line. The placement stats are pretty stellar in Texas, and I think their economy is positioned to actually move forward (unlike a lot of areas)... plus, if you have any intention of ever coming back to Nebraska, you're going to hate having accumulated $40,000 extra in debt for a name that carries very little (if any) more weight than Texas in Omaha.

That's my position, anyway. Plus, UVA = Southeast/South Atlantic = Gross. And girls with southern accents are hot (the Texas kind of Southern accent, not the Deliverance, Virginia kind). For whatever that's worth.

I don't know how much my opinion matters, but I guess it probably matters as much and as little as anybody else's on this site!!! Best of luck with your decision, man.

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Re: 2012 UVA vs. Texas Throwdown (And I don't even like orange)

Postby 5ky » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:24 am

I vote UVA, because there's just no way your total COA would be 90k if you're getting a 120k scholarship.

The cost of living is much, much less than the estimates on the website. I'd take about 6k a year off of the estimates.




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