Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone give me a recommendation or even just tell me that I'm crazy? I have interviews with Baker Botts and V&E (in Austin), and would really love to work in Austin, but I have never even been to Texas. A little more info on me:
I'm a 3.7gpa (better than top 20%) at Northwestern Law, with great work experience, on a secondary journal. I grew up in the burbs of a midwest city and went to a non-Texas big12 school.
So why Texas? I want big law, but where my kids can play in my back yard and go to a community pool, ride their bikes, and still be exposed to culture, arts and diversity. NY, LA, and Chicago don't really offer that combination (at least without huge $$$ or an epic commute). My research has pointed me to Austin as a great place for my family, and I know a lot of Texans who have repeatedly told me that we would love Austin.
BUT do I even have a shot at these Austin firms that I have interviews with? What should I say to give me a chance, given my complete lack of Texas roots? I do have family in Arizona and Mexico, but that isn't super relevant.
I think it's extremely unlikely that you will get biglaw in Austin, sorry. You're trying to break into one of the more insular markets in the country and you haven't even been in the city before? And you want to live there b/c Texans told you you'd like it?
Based on your description, why Austin over Houston? Or Dallas? Or Fort Worth? Or San Antonio? Or a ton of cities in the Midwest?