imisscollege wrote:I grew tired of hearing about how UT is the best school in TEXAS and how the career fair is the biggest IN TEXAS. Like yeah obviously. And the comments about how Texas is first in TX, SMU is 3rd, and there is nothing in between just served to hammer this in more. If anything, I would have intuitively thought UT had a more national presence than was indicated to me at ASD. That combined with everybody talking about how for the months of the summer, you have to run from house to house due to heat plus the fact that the Austin legal market is a fraction the size of Dallas/Houston and everybody hates Dallas/Houston makes me feel worse about UT than I did before ASD.
This isn't an unfair observation -- depends on what your expectations were. Frankly, I liked all the talk about how Texas' unique position as a "true (elite) state school" (as opposed to UVa, UCLA/Berkeley, Michigan) would help us make connections and get jobs. Sokolow reminded us that the school has always been what he called a "net exporter" of lawyers, so that national reach has always been there, but that nowadays it's a huge advantage to come from a top state university with a dominant alumni network within the state. That's how I took it, at least. That perspective also compares favorably against, e.g., Vanderbilt and Emory, two schools that do have "built-in," "traditional" markets but are tiny and have to compete against T14s plus their own state schools.
imisscollege wrote:The professor who taught my mock class (there were two) did not impress me relative to the professors I have experienced at peer schools.
I actually haven't heard much about the guy who wasn't Anderson. Care to elaborate at all?
imisscollege wrote:Additionally, I talked to a few of the non-tour-guide students and they are STRESSED out. One said that he did well last sem but that I should not go to LS if I can help it. Who knows maybe he was having a bad day. Either way, this is not the vibe I got of students at other peer schools I have visited (PM me if you want more info on this)
One 3L I talked to the day before the activities stated was also really gloomy about his job prospects (no job yet), but I didn't know anything about his grades or whether he'd availed himself of all the career-services resources. Most law students I've talked to (at a wide range of schools) have at least a little bit of uncertainty about school and life. No school is going to guarantee 100 percent placement or 100 percent peace of mind. But I think UT's administration is really focused on making sure we have opportunities, even if that means being creative or making sacrifices, like taking an unpaid judicial internship and living at home over 1L summer instead of counting on the swanky firm job of yesteryear.
imisscollege wrote:I was also a bit underwhelmed by Austin as a city. I expected ridiculous looking girls and an amazing bar scene. The girls were fine looking but nothing out of control. Some cute ones some not, pretty standard. The bar scene was decent but very comparable to areas in Boston, DC, and NY before. Don't get me wrong-- a sizeable bar scene certainly exists and makes its presence known and there unquestionably are attractive girls but it doesn't blow other cities away in terms of its night life, as I had expected it to based on what I had heard.
I have no doubt that you will be able to find that special someone in the environs of America's fifth-largest university.
imisscollege wrote:Sorry to put a negative spin on an otherwise positive thread. I was wondering what people thought of the different specifics that I mentioned. And don't be like FINE UT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU DIDNT COME BLA BLA BLA. Say something specific and constructive or say nothing at all.
Thanks for making me think about this in a different light. Despite how it might seem, I don't want to get entirely sucked up in the rah-rah stuff -- the more my assumptions are challenged and the greater the variety of other people's impressions I hear, the more informed my decision will be, and I think that's a positive for everyone who still has such decisions to make.