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BigLaw Prospects for Law Students at Texas Schools

Postby downinDtown » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:16 pm

If you are going (or want to go) to law school in TX and want BigLaw, please see this rough guide to identify which Texas schools have the highest placement in NALP firms with Texas offices. Obviously all of these firms extensively recruit and hire high achieving students from non-Texas schools, particularly T14 and Texans who went to school out of state and want to return. So this is simply a reference for which Texas schools have the highest placement of attorneys in Texas law firms.

Akin Gump (based in Dallas, but counting all attorneys firm-wide)
1) UT - 75 attorneys
2) SMU - 47 attorneys
3) Houston - 18 attorneys
4) St. Mary’s - 6 attorneys
5) Baylor - 4 attorneys (tie)
5) Texas Tech - 4 attorneys (tie)
7) TWU - 2 attorneys (tie)
7) South Texas - 2 attorneys (tie)
8. TX Southern - 0

Andrews Kurth (based in Houston, but counting all attorneys firm-wide)
1) UT - 86 attorneys
2) Houston - 66 attorneys
3) SMU - 40 attorneys
4) South Texas - 22 attorneys
5) Baylor - 15 attorneys
6) Texas Tech - 4 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 2 attorneys
8. TWU - 0 (tie)
8. TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Baker Botts (based in Houston, but counting all attorneys firm-wide)
1) UT - 116 attorneys
2) Houston - 35 attorneys
3) SMU - 27 attorneys
4) Baylor - 8 attorneys
5) Texas Tech - 3 attorneys (tie)
5) South Texas - 3 attorneys (tie)
7) St. Mary’s - 1 attorney
8. TWU - 0 (tie)
8. TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Baker McKenzie (Offices in Dallas and Houston)
1) UT - 16 attorneys
2) SMU - 13 attorneys (tie)
2) Houston - 13 attorneys (tie)
4) South Texas - 7 attorneys
5) Texas Tech - 5 attorneys
6) St. Mary’s - 1 attorney
7) Baylor - 0 (tie)
7) TWU - 0 (tie)
7) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Bracewell & Giuliani (based in Houston, but counting all attorneys firm-wide)
1) UT - 107 attorneys
2) Houston - 49 attorneys
3) SMU - 21 attorneys
4) Baylor - 16 attorneys
5) South Texas - 14 attorneys
6) St. Mary’s - 6 attorneys
7) Texas Tech - 3 attorneys
8. TWU - 0 (tie)
8. TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Fish & Richardson (offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin)
1) SMU - 11 attorneys
2) UT - 3 attorneys (tie)
2) Houston - 3 attorneys (tie)
2) Texas Tech - 3 attorneys (tie)
5) Baylor - 1 attorney
6) South Texas - 0 (tie)
6) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
6) TWU - 0 (tie)
6) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Fulbright & Jaworski (Based in Houston, with offices in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio)
Dunno - F&J's search function on their website wasn't working; tried on my phone and computer.
But because it's based in Houston, top 2 are likely UT and UofH, and for Dallas a good number of SMU. I'll edit this if someone gets the numbers.

Gardere (Based in Dallas, with offices in Austin and Houston)
1) UT - 56 attorneys
2) SMU - 38 attorneys
3) Houston - 16 attorneys
4) South Texas - 12 attorneys
5) Texas Tech - 11 attorneys
6) St. Mary’s - 8 attorneys
7) Baylor - 7 attorneys
8. TWU - 0 (tie)
8. TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Greenberg Traurig (Austin, Dallas, and Houston)
1) UT - 28 attorneys
2) Houston - 16 attorneys
3) Texas Tech - 7 attorneys
4) Baylor - 6 attorneys (tie)
4) South Texas - 6 attorneys (tie)
6) SMU - 3 attorneys
7) TX Southern - 2 attorneys
8. St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
8. TWU - 0 (tie)

Haynes & Boone (based in Dallas, but counting all attorneys firm-wide)
1) UT - 87 attorneys
2) SMU - 79 attorneys
3) Houston - 32 attorneys
4) Texas Tech - 18 attorneys
5) Baylor - 13 attorneys
6) South Texas - 9 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 8 attorneys
8. TWU - 3 attorneys
9) TX Southern - 0

Jackson Walker (based in Dallas, but counting all attorneys firm-wide)
1) UT - 84 attorneys
2) SMU - 44 attorneys
3) Houston - 30 attorneys
4) South Texas - 18 attorneys
5) Texas Tech - 16 attorneys (tie)
5) St. Mary’s - 16 attorneys (tie)
7) Baylor - 13 attorneys
8. TX Southern - 1 attorney
9) TWU - 0

Jones Day (Offices in Dallas and Houston)
1) UT - 63 attorneys
2) SMU - 31 attorneys
3) Houston - 7 attorneys
4) Texas Tech - 4 attorneys (tie)
4) Baylor - 4 attorneys (tie)
6) South Texas - 2 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
7) TX Southern - 0 (tie)
7) TWU - 0 (tie)

K&L Gates (Offices in Dallas, Houston, and Austin)
1) UT - 30 attorneys
2) SMU - 15 attorneys
3) Baylor - 11 attorneys
4) Houston - 9 attorneys
5) Texas Tech - 3 attorneys
6) St. Mary’s - 1 attorney (tie)
6) TX Southern - 1 attorney (tie)
8. TWU - 0 (tie)
8. South Texas - 0 (tie)

King & Spalding (Offices in Houston and Austin)
1) UT - 35 attorneys
2) Houston - 21 attorneys
3) SMU - 5 attorneys
4) South Texas - 4 attorneys
5) Baylor - 3 attorneys
6) Texas Tech - 2 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 1 attorney (tie)
7) TX Southern - 1 attorney (tie)
8. TWU - 0

Locke Lord (Based in Dallas, with offices is Houston and Austin)
1) UT - 113 attorneys
2) SMU - 47 attorneys
3) Houston - 31 attorneys
4) Baylor - 14 attorneys
5) South Texas - 10 attorneys
6) Texas Tech - 7 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
7) TWU - 0 (tie)
7) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Morgan Lewis (Offices in Dallas & Houston)
1) UT - 22 attorneys
2) Houston - 13 attorneys
3) South Texas - 9 attorneys
4) SMU - 7 attorneys
5) Baylor - 4 attorneys
6) Texas Tech - 0 (tie)
7) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
7) TWU - 0 (tie)
7) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Sidley Austin (Offices in Dallas & Houston)
1) UT - 22 attorneys
2) SMU - 9 attorneys
3) Houston - 8 attorneys
4) Texas Tech - 1 attorney (tie)
4) South Texas - 1 attorney (tie)
6) Baylor - 0 (tie)
6) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
6) TWU - 0 (tie)
6) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Thompson & Knight (Based in Dallas, but offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston)
1) UT - 81 attorneys
2) SMU - 53 attorneys
3) Houston - 24 attorneys
4) Texas Tech - 15 attorneys
5) South Texas - 8 attorneys
6) Baylor - 3 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
7) TWU - 0 (tie)
7) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Vinson & Elkins (Based in Houston, but offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston)
1) UT - 166 attorneys
2) Houston - 31 attorneys
3) SMU - 23 attorneys
4) South Texas - 13 attorneys
5) Baylor - 8 attorneys
6) Texas Tech - 4 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 0 (tie)
7) TWU - 0 (tie)
7) TX Southern - 0 (tie)

Weil Gotshal (Offices in Dallas and Houston)
1) UT - 12 attorneys
2) SMU - 9 attorneys
3) Houston - 3 attorneys
4) Texas Tech - 2 attorneys (tie) – including Glenn West, Managing Parter (Dallas)
4) St. Mary’s - 2 attorneys (tie)
6) South Texas - 1 attorney (tie)
6) TX Southern - 1 attorney (tie)
8. Baylor - 0 (tie)
8. TWU - 0 (tie)

Winstead (Based in Dallas, but offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands)
1) UT - 79 attorneys
2) SMU - 56 attorneys
3) Houston - 31 attorneys
4) Baylor - 20 attorneys
5) South Texas - 16 attorneys
6) Texas Tech - 14 attorneys
7) St. Mary’s - 6 attorneys
8. TWU - 1 attorney (tie)
8. TX Southern - 1 attorney (tie)

For Other NALP Firms w/ only one office in TX (or horrible websites that don’t let you search by law school) -- I did not review these because these offices may not be representative of how firms hire from different schools because they will typically hire more from schools in that location. I wanted to see how different law schools stacked up for firm hiring when the firm is hiring in more than one market (and I got tired of doing more firms)
• Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing (Houston)
• Alston Bird (Dallas)
• Baker & Hostetler (Houston)
• Bryan Cave (Dallas)
• Carrington Coleman (Austin)
• Dechert (Austin)
• Dentons (Dallas)
• DLA Piper (Dallas/Houston – sucky website)
• Dykema Gossett (Dallas)
• Fulkerson Lotz (Houston)
• Gibbs & Bruns (Houston)
• Gibson Dunn (Dallas)
• Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody (Austin)
• Hogan Lovells (Houston)
• Latham & Watkins
• Mayer Brown (Houston)
• Patton Boggs (Dallas)
• Paul Hastings (Houston)
• Perkins Coie (Dallas)
• Pillsbury Winthrop (Houston)
• Porter Hedges (Houston)
• Reed Smith (Houston)
• Scott, Douglas & McConnico (Austin)
• Shook, Hardy & Bacon (Houston)
• Skadden (Houston)
• Slater & Matsil (Dallas)
• Sutherland Asbill & Brennan (Houston)
• Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Austin)
• Winston & Strawn (Houston)
• Yetter Coleman

TL;DR – If you are going to school in Texas and want BigLaw in TX, UT > SMU/UofH > Texas Tech/Baylor / TTT(T). The lower you go down the list, the more scholly $$$ you need as a safety net to catch you (and kept you from getting into loads of debt) when you don’t get BigLaw. The difference is that UT has some national sway, whereas SMU/UofH are strong in their specific region and weaker beyond that.

Note to Mods: also placed this post in Choosing a Law School forum because I think it has applicability to both forums.



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