UT Austin or Reapply?

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TexasSplitter18

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UT Austin or Reapply?

Postby TexasSplitter18 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:33 pm

Given seat deposit deadlines coming up, I want to get some input on my decision for next fall.

GPA: 3.46
LSAT: 163, 171.
URM: MA.
Career goals: Texas biglaw litigation. A federal clerkship would be a welcome bonus if the opportunity is there.

Accepted: UT Austin (total COA ~$150k), SMU Dedman (total COA ~$150k). Financing through loans.
Rejected: Berkeley.
Waitlisted: Duke, Virginia, Cornell, Michigan.
Yet to hear from the rest of the T13.

I applied in late January, and I think that my (what I believe to be) underperformance this cycle may be attributed to being late to the table.

I’m a native Texan, and I’ve been working out-of-state for the past 7 months in a technology specialist position (think patent agent without having taken the patent bar) at a full-service law firm. Given my ties, background, and career goals, I’m comfortable with UT at the current cost. Best case - I snag biglaw, and the savings increase I would see in biglaw compared to my current job (about $100k compared to about $30k, respectively) probably surpasses any increased scholarship money I might receive by reapplying (the $70k difference means that I would need close to a full ride at UT for reapplying to be less expensive, which I find unlikely). Worst case - I return to patent prosecution in a non-biglaw capacity, which would probably still result in a significant salary bump over my current income.

My thoughts: Obviously, I’d love more scholarship money and/or landing at a T13 to increase biglaw/clerkship chances. I’m concerned that retaking and reapplying may not result in better outcomes (acceptances/scholarships) given that I’m a splitter and already over 170. Further, I haven’t negotiated with UT yet - do y’all think I’d get better results before or after the seat deposit deadline (April 15)? I was hoping for more leverage by this point, but I’m not holding my breath right now. I feel like UT will have more money to give after the deadline, but will I lose leverage by depositing?

I appreciate any and all input!

TexasSplitter18

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Re: UT Austin or Reapply?

Postby TexasSplitter18 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:09 pm

Bump.

Justtrying2help

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Re: UT Austin or Reapply?

Postby Justtrying2help » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:42 pm

Reapply next year the minute applications go live. Your lsat is too high to waste on your current options and their accompanying debt loads. Blanket the top 14 (plus UT but minus HYS).



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