f0bolous wrote:The difference between Duke and Texas for Texas placement is that 1L offers go out to Duke students before first semester grades are released while for UT hiring isn't done until a few weeks into second semester. This gives Texans at Duke a huge advantage, since you can possibly be below median and still score a 1L SA (which likely will turn into a 2L SA and so on).
Since you're IP, though, this whole discussion is moot. Grades are pretty much irrelevant for IP hiring. Maybe you can reach out to people on the IP journal at UT to see if they can give you more specific info.
Grades for IP aren't really irrelevant, especially if he wants patent lit as he said. Top lit firms absolutely care. But I'm guessing he'll do fine even with below average grades. I'm not sure how valuable BS physics is for patent prosecution, but I'd imagine the 4.0 there really helps. I think he'd probably find some kind of prosecution job from UT even with shit grades.
When OP is making 160K in Dallas or Houston with only 80K in debt, he'll be styling on my ass for sure.