Perseus_I wrote:Unless you can get UT to give you a full ride, I have no idea why you would ever even consider staying at UT. UT on a full ride vs. sticker at CCN is a legitimate tossup. But this should be no contest. Also, some Texas firms will scarcely look at UT grads who aren't truly at the top (Gibson Dunn, Susman Godfrey, Vinson & Elkins, etc.); they do much of their hiring from the ivy league anyway. If I were you, I would transfer and then only bid on the elite Texas firms. If you are from Texas, it shouldn't be a problem; just explain the financial calculations. If you're not from Texas, you might have some issues.
FYI, I did several firm interviews during 1L, and none of the interviewers had gone to UT or even to schools in Texas (everything was represented -- from Stanford to Tulane).
The bolded portion is slightly off.
Based on conversations with members of the recruiting committee at my firm, I am convinced that school prestige is a minor factor once you get to the callback stage. With the exception of Susman, if a firm finds two candidates it really likes, one from HYS and one from the local regional school, the firm will make offers to both students.
The transfer to Harvard isn't going to be a game changer in terms of job prospects for the student in question. She already meets the basic requirements for all three of the firms you mentioned. For that specific student, it's all about interview ability and personality.