sn20 wrote:nonprofit-prophet wrote:whenwin wrote:sn20 wrote:Any 2L's or 3L's want to comment on current employment prospects for BigLaw? How was OCI for those at the top, median and bottom?
^ Interested in this, too.
Also, not to be negative, but I just read some pretty disparaging comments on an article in the Austin American Statesman regarding job prospects at UT. Could anyone more familiar with the situation comment on the accuracy of these comments? Article here.
I'm only a 1L, but have had quite a few friends go through the law school and graduate in each of the last few years. From what I gather, hiring hasn't been great, but that's true of every school. I've been told by my friend working in big law that you really need a 3.6 (a hair below top quarter) to have a shot at it. That being said, if you do well, you have quite a few options not just in Texas, but in NYC and various clerkships.
Edit: i should also clarify that the 3.6 might not (for better or worse) apply to female and minority students. My friends have said that their firms dip into the 3.4-3.5 range to boost diversity numbers. DISCLAIMER: I am making no judgments about the various benefits or costs associates with such practices, nor am I implying that women or minority students are less intelligent. Just telling you what I've heard from a number of people.
So all the clamoring by TLS saying "go to UT if you want to practice in Texas" (read: don't go to better, out-of-state schools) is just wrong? COA at UT is still $143,136 over 3 years and you have to make top 25%. COA at Duke/UVA is about $210,000 over 3 years and normally students at median can get BigLaw?
well you are sort of asking two different questions. You first mention "go to UT if you want to practice in Texas," but then you reference Duke's overall big law numbers. My advice would be this: if you want big law anywhere you can get it, go to Duke or UVA. if you want big law in Texas, go to Texas. A median student at Duke will probably have a harder time getting big law in Texas than a median student at UT (though both are in for stressful OCI). I mentioned above that firms seem willing to give out offers like crazy to HYS students, but when you get to the bottom of the T14, they are much more serious about ties to the state (heck, even ties to the city. I know people from one major TX city with top 10% grades that had a very hard time getting big law in another major texas city).