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Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:25 pm

Thanks for the input everyone!
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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:39 pm

I would be SA'ing in the corporate practice area (probably litigation).


First. The statement above? It's not logically coherent. It's like saying: "I'm not sure what Houston airport I'm going to fly into, probably Love Field." Litigation is not a corporate practice area.

Second. I'd probably pick BB. I'm not sure what they can do if you don't come back for a 2L summer, except maybe no offer you (but you don't care at that point, because you aren't coming back).

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby kalvano » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:47 pm

Go with Baker Botts. They have a great reputation, and if you don't transfer, then you've got a 2L job lined up.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:47 pm

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I would be SA'ing in the corporate practice area (probably litigation).


First. The statement above? It's not logically coherent. It's like saying: "I'm not sure what Houston airport I'm going to fly into, probably Love Field." Litigation is not a corporate practice area.

Second. I'd probably pick BB. I'm not sure what they can do if you don't come back for a 2L summer, except maybe no offer you (but you don't care at that point, because you aren't coming back).


I apologize for not being clearer. I'd be with the Corporate group (rather than, say, real estate or insurance), but probably working specifically in a practice like complex business litigation or securities litigation. Like I said, I have no idea what I'm doing, and I won't pretend like I do.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:52 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I apologize for not being clearer. I'd be with the Corporate group (rather than, say, real estate or insurance), but probably working specifically in a practice like complex business litigation or securities litigation.

Most firms don't divide things up this way. What is called the "corporate practice" is typically the corporate transactional practice; business and securities lit typically fall under the umbrella of the "litigation practice". Maybe they do things differently in Texas, but for most big firms, things aren't divided the way you're dividing them.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:59 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I apologize for not being clearer. I'd be with the Corporate group (rather than, say, real estate or insurance), but probably working specifically in a practice like complex business litigation or securities litigation.

Most firms don't divide things up this way. What is called the "corporate practice" is typically the corporate transactional practice; business and securities lit typically fall under the umbrella of the "litigation practice". Maybe they do things differently in Texas, but for most big firms, things aren't divided the way you're dividing them.


Oh, interesting. I didn't realize. Thanks for the information. I'll be sure not to make that mistake in the future.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby de5igual » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:01 pm

why don't you give it your all at all 3 and then ask which one once you get offers.

callback ≠ offer

Weil will offer more flexibility, though, if you decide to transfer. Even if you don't, I think they have NY lockstep even in Texas, so that's definitely an upside.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:47 pm

hey there - i haven't heard back yet from Weil (did the callback in NY), and i'm wondering when you interviewed & received the offer.

Thanks

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:hey there - i haven't heard back yet from Weil (did the callback in NY), and i'm wondering when you interviewed & received the offer.

Thanks


Interviewed last week, haven't heard back yet, but I expect to hear from them this week (praying for an offer). I'll keep you posted.

One offer so far.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:18 pm

Definitely BB.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:32 pm

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:38 pm

BB = Tex Big 3. If you end up staying in Texas, having this on your resume will serve you very well.

LL = Solid firm. Slightly smaller than the Big 3. Tends to have a more diverse array of clients, but tends not to work the big cases for the big business institutions in Texas (think: Energy companies).

Weil = NY firm. Smallish but respected presence in Texas. Especially strong in IP. Might help marginally if you end up going to the Northeast, but satellite offices tend to be more like, well, satellites, and not amoeba-like extensions of their home offices, so it might not give you a ton of cred.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:BB = Tex Big 3. If you end up staying in Texas, having this on your resume will serve you very well.

LL = Solid firm. Slightly smaller than the Big 3. Tends to have a more diverse array of clients, but tends not to work the big cases for the big business institutions in Texas (think: Energy companies).

Weil = NY firm. Smallish but respected presence in Texas. Especially strong in IP. Might help marginally if you end up going to the Northeast, but satellite offices tend to be more like, well, satellites, and not amoeba-like extensions of their home offices, so it might not give you a ton of cred.


This is a side issue: Trying to transfer to a Chicago law school, UChi or NW. With my grades in the appropriate range, do you think having one over the others on my resume will make a difference for my application?

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:59 am

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Anonymous User wrote:BB = Tex Big 3. If you end up staying in Texas, having this on your resume will serve you very well.

LL = Solid firm. Slightly smaller than the Big 3. Tends to have a more diverse array of clients, but tends not to work the big cases for the big business institutions in Texas (think: Energy companies).

Weil = NY firm. Smallish but respected presence in Texas. Especially strong in IP. Might help marginally if you end up going to the Northeast, but satellite offices tend to be more like, well, satellites, and not amoeba-like extensions of their home offices, so it might not give you a ton of cred.


This is a side issue: Trying to transfer to a Chicago law school, UChi or NW. With my grades in the appropriate range, do you think having one over the others on my resume will make a difference for my application?


Well, LL has a sizable (100+ atty) presence in Chicago. Weil has no Chi office. Neither does BB.

That aside, I don't think it will make a huge difference either way. But you may want to go with LL & then try to transfer offices for 2L summer if you transfer schools.

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Re: Texas Big Law: Baker Botts, Locke Lord, or Weil?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:44 am

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Anonymous User wrote:hey there - i haven't heard back yet from Weil (did the callback in NY), and i'm wondering when you interviewed & received the offer.

Thanks


Interviewed last week, haven't heard back yet, but I expect to hear from them this week (praying for an offer). I'll keep you posted.

One offer so far.


Much thanks & Congrats :)




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