hookem7 wrote:Dallas folks are suspicious even of Houstonians, must be little brother syndrome. Dallas firms grilled me on "Why Dallas?" when I've lived in Texas my entire life. This isn't to say that is a bad thing, but I would imagine you have to come up with some really good answers if you are from out of state and go to school out of state. I'd like to say Houston cares less about ties (generally less pretentious folks), but I can't really answer since I'm from there and "Why Houston?" wasn't really something that needed to be asked.
I think it is a two-way street. I'm from Texas, went to SMU for law school, and struggled to find Houston firm with any interest in me. I actually scored interviews at two good firms in Austin, even though I never been to the city prior to the interviews. I think firms in Dallas and Houston are skeptical of candidates from the opposite city. Firms in both cities pay the same and essentially do the same work. While residents from both cities vehemently deny any similarity between Dallas and Houston, I think that both cities are essentially the same.
A CSO at SMU told me that a couple of firms in Houston have been "burned" by past graduates who got hired for a Houston firm, worked there for a couple of years, and then ended up moving back to Dallas. I'd imagine the same has happened with Houston folks accepting firm jobs in Dallas and moving back to Houston.